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Language and Communication Fine motor skills to support writing skills  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Fine motor activities to strengthen and develop muscles to support writing skills

Early years skill:Moving and handling
Early years typical range:22-36m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:Motor Skills
P-scales/Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:Physical Skills
TAP level:TAP36
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Multi-Link Cubes

Linkable cubes

Play games linking these together and pulling them apart. Who can build the biggest tower?

Have fun with the activities in this area. The activities are designed to build up both skill and strength with thumb and forefinger as a precursor to writing.


Tweezers and clothes pegs


Cotton wool



Small things to pick up

Can the child put pegs on the puppet's hand/nose/arm etc? Can the child rescue the puppet from the clothes peg monster which has covered the puppet in pegs? Can the child be the clothes peg monster and cover the puppet in pegs?

Can the child use tweezers to pull off bits of cotton wool and hide them/put them into a container/give them to a hungry puppet?

Can the child feed a teddy small bits of paper balls/sponge etc using tweezers held in finger and thumb?

Card Threading

Lace and card with holes

Can the child follow a line to thread the lace through the pre-cut holes? Can the child undo the threading to start again?



Threading lace

Can the child thread beads on a lace to make a necklace?

Toy nuts and bolts on a board.

Can the child tighten and undo toy nuts and bolts?

Pegboard and pegs

Can the child put in and take out pegs from a peg board either randomly or following a pattern?

Silly putty and small objects to hide

Hide small things in "silly putty" and the child must find them.

Stress balls

Take turns squeezing stress balls. Can the child do 5 squeezes or 10? etc.

Bubble wrap

This can be popped using the fore finger and thumb. How many can you do in 30 seconds?

Shape sorter

Take turns to pick up shapes from a flat surface and post them into a shape sorter.

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