Here are some more fine motor skills activities that are easy to set up and fun to play. The best part is that very few materials are required to hold your child’s full focus and attention time and again.
What you need:
-Washers (several dozen)
-Marbles (several dozen)
If you don’t already have marbles around the house, you can find them at any toy store. Washers are easy to find at your local hardware store. You’ll notice the hole in the middle of washers varies in size. The smaller the hole, the more challenging the activities.
Sit at the kitchen table. Make a line of washers on the table–a dozen or so should be fine. Each person has a bowl with marbles in it. Take turns placing your marble inside the hole of a washer. Keep playing until all the washers are filled. (Variation: Take turns calling out what color marble to use.)
Sit at the kitchen table. Each player has a bowl filled with ten washers and ten marbles. On the word “go” see who will be the first to place all ten of their marbles inside all ten washers on the table-top. Washers and marbles must be removed from the bowl one at a time. (Variation: Stack two washers for each marble.)
Sit at the kitchen table. Each player has a bowl filled with washers and marbles. One of the players rolls a single die. If a three come up, for example, each player must place three washers on the table and fill each with a marble. The first player to do so scores a point. Retrieve your items from the table and roll again. The first player to reach ten points wins.
Sit at the kitchen table. Each player has a bowl filled with washers and marbles. One of the players rolls a single die. If a four comes up, for example, each player must stack four washers on the table and place a single marble on top. The first player to do so scores a point. Retrieve your items from the table and roll again. The first player to reach ten points wins.
For each player, place ten washers in a row on a floor with a hard surface. Space the washers approximately one foot apart from each other. Each player has a bowl of marbles. On the word “go” see who will be the first to fill all ten of their washers.
An easy way to improve fine motor skills is to play games that require fine motor movements. Using washers and marbles offers a wide variety of activities that are both fun and challenging. The activities also nurture conceptual insight by inviting your child to participate in making rules and inventing new ways to play (a benefit that is rarely available for games you have to plug in–see Toys: When Great Grandma was a Little Girl).
Best of luck!