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Printable Dot-to-Dot Letters - follow the dots to guide you to create each letter correctly

Printable Dot to Dot Alphabet Letter Charts:  The Dot-to-Dot Alphabet Letter Charts are a re-usable printable that can be used part of learning centres, small group activities or independently to learn the correct formation of writing alphabet letters.  Read more…

Printable Dot-to-Dot Number Rhyme Charts - can be used as a chart or dry erase. Sing the number rhymes to guide you through what strokes to make with the marker pen to form the correct number shape

Printable Dot to Dot Number Rhyme Charts:  Sing the number rhymes to guide you through what strokes to make with the marker pen to form the correct number shape. Starting at number 1, count, follow and join the numbered dots to form the number. There is a number line for children to use for guidance and self-correcting.  Read more…

Simple and fun fine motor activities using pool noodles, threading, balancing, matching colours and construction.

Pool Noodle Activities Fine Motor Fun:  Pool Noodles are so much fun to play with! When they are cut up into smaller portions they make a great learning tool and toy for many play experiences and opportunities.  Read more…

How to make a homemade eye spy sensory bag Simple step by step instructions.

Homemade Eye Spy Sensory Bag :  Eye Spy Sensory Bags are the ideal quiet activity to keep little hands busy and entertained in the car, appointments, shopping and other situations required to keep the little one occupied. They are super fun, creative and an open-ended playtime for kids of all ages.  Read more…

Letter Z Activity, Homemade Educational Toy - Z is for Zip it Zipper Board.

Z is for Zip It Zipper Board:  The Zipper Board is fun, hands-on and engaging and children will exercise their fine motors skills while learning about the letter Z. The zippers open in the direction of how you would form or make the letter z when writing it on paper.  Read more…

Fine motor activity for kids - pretnd feeding 'woolly' (yarn) worms to toy birds.

Fine Motor Fun Feeding the Birds:  Fine motor skills are the foundation children need before they are able to learn handwriting, in order to have proper pencil grasp and control of writing implements.  Read more…

Printable Alphabet Letter Tracing Mats avalable in two fonts - fun rainbow theme and matching pictures

Printable Alphabet Letter Tracing Mats:  Printable Alphabet Letter Tracing Mats are a great way to assist children with, fine motor coordination, letter formation, pre-writing and handwriting development.  Read more…

Printable Number Tracing Mats wih dots and arrows for guidance - Fun Rainbow Theme

Printable Number Tracing Mats:  Printable Number Tracing Mats are a great way to assist children with, fine motor coordination and control, number formation, pre-writing and handwriting development.  Read more…

free Printable Flip Book to use with Pre-writing squishy bag

Pre-Writing Activities with Squishy Bags:  Pre-Writing Activities with Squishy Bags is a great way to target writing skills without using paper and pencils. It is providing a fun and exciting way to invite children to practice writing letters, numbers, their name, drawing pictures, shapes and words. Children can practice hand and finger movements for pre-writing development on the squishy bag.  Read more…

Threading Fun Activities for Kids using spools, buttons and pipe cleaners by learning 4 kids

Threading Activity for Kids:  Threading Activity for Kids: When setting up this threading activity for kids, my goal was to make it bright and inviting using different materials.  Read more…

Water play with eye droppers encourages pincer grasp by learning 4 kids

Water Play with Eye Droppers:  Water Play with Eye Droppers is a colourful and fun activity that encourages development of the pincer grasp. The pincer grasp enables a child to pick up small items using the thumb and index finger and is important for tasks such as holding writing implements and manipulating items such as zippers, buttons and shoes laces.  Read more…

Sorting shapes activity using a sensory bin and scooper scissors by learning 4 kids

Sorting Shapes in our Sensory Bin:  Sorting Shapes in our Sensory Bin is a fun activity for children to learn about shapes, colours while developing their fine motor skills.  Read more…

Sorting by colour using spice jars by learning 4 kids

Fine Motor Skills – Sorting by Colour: Fine Motor Skills – Sorting by Colour activity encourages the development of fine motor skills and provides children with the opportunity to learn and consolidate their understanding about colours.  These empty spice jars are perfect for threading and providing a fun and motivating way to play and learn with colours while developing fine motor skills.  Read more…

Bottle Top Soup Game - Catch and Scoop the Bottle Tops

Bottle Top Soup Game:  Scoop and catch fun!  Bottle Top Soup Game is a fun sensory and fine motor activity using simple items found around the home.  Read more…

Let's play with Buttons and Pop Sticks - lots of fun ideas

Buttons and Pop Sticks:  Buttons and Pop (Popsicle) Sticks is an invitation to play opportunity for children to explore and experiment freely with the basic items provided.  Children can create pictures with the pop sticks and buttons, balance the buttons along the pop sticks, sort buttons by colours, size or shape and even match the different coloured buttons to the same coloured pop sticks.  The ideas are endless!  Read more…

Free Printable Homemade Threading Boards

Printable Homemade Threading Boards:  Free printable templates to create your very own threading boards which are great for fine motor development.  Read more…

Balancing Marbles with Lego Duplo

Balancing Marbles with Lego Duplo:  Balancing Marbles on LEGO DUPLO helps children develop fundamental skills such as fine motor control, hand & eye coordination, patience and concentration.  Read more…

Busy Bag Activity Ideas for Kids and Toddlers

Busy Bag Paper Clips and Colours:  This Busy Bag of Paper Clips and Colours is so simple to make and a fun activity children will enjoy completing.  It is great for developing fine motors skills and coordination and also colour recognition.  Read more…

Matching Colours Free Printable Busy Bag

Free Printable Colour Match Busy Bag:  This Fine Motor Busy Bag involves matching colours by pressing and pinching the peg onto the matching coloured flower or button shape.  It is a great activity for developing fine motors skills and coordination and also colour recognition.  Read more…

Number Peg Boards Free Printable

Number Peg Board Printable:  Number Pegs Boards Free Printable is an activity to help children recognise numbers in a fun, engaging and hands-on learning opportunity.  Read more…

Fine Motor Threading with Pipe Cleaners and Straws

Threading, Fine Motor and Measurement:  Threading Pipe Cleaners with Straws involves threading smaller length straws onto longer length pipe cleaners.  It is a great fine motor activity that is simple to set up and will arouse any child’s curiosity to play and have fun.  Read more…

Invitation to play with push pins and elastics bands for fine motor

Sorting & Matching Colours: This Sorting and Matching Activity involves matching the small coloured elastic bands (loom bands) and placing them over the matching coloured push pins that have been placed onto a cork board.  It is a great activity to develop fine motor control, coordination, concentration and learning about colours.  Read more…

Catch and Scoop Fine Motor Fun Activity for Kids

Catch and Scoop Fine Motor Activity: Catch and Scoop is a fun and engaging activity that encourages fine motor development and scissor skills.   Read more…

fine motor activities for kids and toddlers

Pipe Cleaner Maze:  Exploring and playing with pipe cleaners and beads with the Styrofoam while exercising the fine motor muscles.  Read more…..

Fine Motor Games for kids

Pompoms and Mini Tongs:  In the early years, we often hear discussions about the importance of fine motor and gross motor development in kids. Here is a great activity that is fun and exercises those little muscles to develop strength!  Read more…..

learning benefits of a salt tray

Hidden Shapes in the Salt Tray – What shapes can you find hidden in the salt tray? Sifting and searching through the salt with a paint brush to find them. Read more…..

How to teach colours to toddlers and kids?

Sorting Pompoms and Coloured Cardboard Tubes:  A great fine motor activity that involves sorting and placing coloured pompoms into the matching coloured cardboard roll and catching them in a bowl.   Read more…..

Fine Motor with Tokens:  A fun and colourful activity to promote fine motor development by placing each small token is carefully over the circles to colour the sea horse picture in.  Read more…..

Fine Motor Learning Tray Activities

Threading Beads – Threading beads onto pipe cleaners is a fabulous fine motor learning tray activity for toddlers and kids. It is so simple to set up, colourful, engaging and is sure to grab the attention of any child! Read more…..

Planting a Garden 3

Planting a Garden : A fabulous fine motor activity using fake flowers and planting them in to a pretend Styrofoam garden.   Read more….

sensory play ideas for kids

Sensory Play Rice and Bottle Tops:  Developing fine motor skills through sensory play with rainbow rice and bottle tops that will also inspire the imagination and creativity.  Read more…..

Fine Motor Pink Pompoms

Pink Theme Fine Motor Play:   A wonderful and simple hands-on activity to promote the learning of the colour pink and fine motor development as well is playing with pink pompoms, patty pans and mini tongs.  Read more…..

using button for sensory play

Sorting Buttons: Buttons are amazing as there are so many different shapes, sizes, colours, materials and styles. Kids love to run their hands through buttons, sort through them and explore the differences. Buttons are a great sensory toy and are also great to assist in learning about colours. Read more…..

alphabet activities for kids

Alphabet Archaeologist: Taking on the role of an archaeologist looking for artifacts and bones in the sand or in this case searching for alphabet letters. It is a great activity to promote the learning of letter names and the sounds that they make. Read more…..

pompom and egg carton for fine motor

Sorting Coloured Pompoms: Using the tweezers to sort the pompoms into colour groups in the separate sections of the egg cartons. Read more…..

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