Fine motor skills are so important for little ones to develop, since it is these skills that will assist a child in writing properly. Therefor, doing fine motor activities are important to help them develop the skills. It can be a fun craft activity like this snail craft:
What we did:
I gave each child a round cardboard, and drew a spiral on it. We used glue and an earbud, that way they can’t use too much glue at a time. The kids had to pick up the sequins and try and place them on the spiral. Here they use their pincher grip and also hand eye coordination. With older kids, I would emphasize using some kind of pattern.
My 4.5 yr old does not have the patience for this type of activity, resulting in a kind of messy snail. But I’m ok with that, since she did make one, and was very proud of her snail. My 2 yr old had a little bit of help, but he is a very careful child, so the result was quite neat. One has to remember that is it more about the process than the product. Even if the product is not what we, as adults, envisioned, whole process of crafting is beneficial. In this case, the focus was more on developing fine motor skills and having fun doing it.
My daughter decided we had to add names, and it must go on the doors of their rooms!
Do check out this 99 + 100 Fine Motor Ideas Ebook for loads of fun fine motor activities!