Developing Fine Motor Skills Through Paper Crafting

My kids had a great time honing their fine motor skills with ALEX’s Tissue Paper Art craft kit! It comes with 6 self-stick patterns – two for each of my three “big” kids (aged 3, 5, and 7). I loved that it was something all of them could enjoy.

Separating the tiny squares of tissue paper is one of the more demanding tasks; it is also self-correcting, since if you forget to separate the squares your little ball of scrunched-up paper is clearly too large.

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This activity is also great for kids to develop planning skills. My son learned after working on the wheels of his car that it would be easier to work on details (like car windows) first:

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My three-year-old chose to work from the outside in, and then just left some open spaces in the middle since they were hard to get to.

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The actual crafting was easiest for my seven-year-old, of course, but that meant she could focus on patterning:My seven-year-old chose to work methodically from one end to the other. She LOVED the huge googley eyes that came with the kit!

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Drawing is one of my kids’ favorite past times, so they get lots of practice that way! My two preschoolers also really enjoyed putting together the paper crafts fin ALEX’s Ready, Set, Count! craft for toddlers:

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As for fine motor activities for older kids, my seven-year-old got a good workout making the Shamballa bracelet you can see on my three-year-old’s wrist in the first photo for this post!  Designing doll clothes is another excellent fine motor activity for older kids! If you have a kid that doesn’t like dolls,  how about designing costumes for stuffed animals?

What are your favorite fine motor activities for kids?

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  1. Craft is such a great way to enhance their fine motor skills. We used to use different sized pasta and thread it onto wool, which is fun for younger children who want to make necklaces.

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