5 Eco-Friendly Fine Motor Skills Activities That You Can Make With Your Child

by , 11/09/12

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What you will need for all 5 projects:

  • muffin tin
  • recycled paper (from your recycling bin)
  • golf tees
  • marbles
  • yarn
  • egg carton
  • recycled cardboard (from your recycling bin)
  • buttons or milk caps
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • craft knife
  • 2 empty cardboard food containers with lids

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Project #1: Counting Fine Motor Skills Game

What you will need:

  • an empty cardboard food can with lid (I used a baking powder one)
  • discarded buttons, milk caps or other circular items

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Directions:

Simply clean out the inside of an empty cardboard can. Then, cut slots the same size of your circular items with your craft knife. This is a great way for little ones to practice their fine motor skills by putting the circular items into the small slot. You can also color code each piece to help with color identification.

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Project #2: Color Fine Motor Skills Game

What you will need:

  • muffin tin
  • colored buttons, milk caps or other small items of the same color
  • paper (from the recycling bin)

Directions:

Another great fine motor and sorting activity is encouraging your little ones to sort all of the items by color into separate sections of the muffin tin. I used paper from the recycling bin to color code the bottom of each muffin tin. This fine motor skill activity is great for color recognition, sorting and counting.

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Project #3: Hand-Eye Coordination Fine Motor Skills Game

  • an empty cardboard food can with lid (I used a baking powder one)
  • toothpicks or discarded straws

Directions:

Manipulating small items such as toothpicks and inserting them into the slot is great not only for fine motor skill development, but also for hand-eye coordination. If you choose to use straws, you can punch holes in the lid of the container instead of pushing the toothpicks through to make holes.

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