Fine Motor Skills

General activities here can be used to develop fine motor skills for most pupils, though some need a much more specific programme of activities, identified through assessments by occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

Children with difficulties in this area may have:


+ Poor eye-hand coordination
+ Poor manipulative skills
+ Immature drawing skills
+ Poor handwriting and presentation skills
+ Some perceptual difficulties
+ Good auditory memory skills
+ Confidence as speakers and listeners
+ Good verbal comprehension skills
+ Some strengths in verbal and non-verbal reasoning
+ Enjoyment in using multi-sensory strategies when learning

Activities to develop fine motor skills


Pencil and Paper - Create shapes and patterns using free pencil movements, maze and tracking activities, tracing, line links (such as mouse to cheese) or dot-to-dot.

Sorting - Sort small objects (paper clips etc. ) to encourage precise finger movements

Role-Play - dressing up (involves clothing fasteners) finger puppets and string puppets.

Patterns - Copy patterns using beads, peg boards and shapes; investigate tessellating shapes.

Puzzles - Complete puzzles of varying degrees of difficulty.

Writing Patterns - Copy writing patterns using coloured and, chalk and other media; trace or copy patterns for display.

Jacks or Marbles - Play games that can help with fine movement control.

Art - Colour in using different media, paint and print using different size brushes and different types of materials, model with clay.

Scissor Control - Cut and paste for patterns, pictures, projects, classification activities, sewing activities.

Design - Open-ended activities using a range of tools and media as well as open-ended activities using given construction apparatus.

Computer picture and design activities - Using graphics programs, encouraging a range of different features, Word, Powerpoint etc. to manipulate text and imagery.

Musial Instruments - Use precise finger movement to play an instrument.