Winter is here! That means winter themes are fun to incorporate into fine motor skills work. I love the idea of working on fine motor through manipulatives and play as much as possible. Check out some of the fun winter fine motor activities below!
Winter Fine Motor Activities
All of the following winter fine motor activities can be found in the shop or in the freebie library at Pink Oatmeal. Also, be sure to check out the Winter Sports Fine Motor Activity Pack from Pink Oatmeal.
Winter Pre-Writing Strokes
Pre-writing skills are lines and strokes that need to be mastered BEFORE learning how to print the alphabet. Each is developed in a sequence. We’ve been using pre-writing strips to do this in a variety of ways.
- Laminate and cut out pre-writing strips.
- Use a dry erase marker for writing so it can easily be wiped off lamination and re-used again.
- Pre-writing strips can be practiced in multiple ways.
- Use of fingers to follow lines.
- Follow the lines with a paint brush
- Use materials such as Wikki Stix (affiliate link) to go over lines and shapes.
- Follow the lines with pipe cleaners.
Add links to your mittens based on the number on the mitten. Don’t lose them and connect them together by adding together the number on two mittens. A great fine motor and learning skill perfect for winter!
Winter Painting Fine Motor
Do you want to paint a snowman!?! Use a cotton swab to create your snowman painting.
How about placing buttons on the snowman based on the number on the card? You could use poms, real buttons, beads etc as your buttons. Work on transferring the button to the snowman by using a tongs, tweezers, pincer grip etc.
Snowman Pencil Control
Work on pencil control with the snowman maze, connect the dots, and tracing sheets. You can get all of these for FREE in the freebie library at Pink Oatmeal.
Winter Play Dough Mats
Work on fine motor skills using play dough mats. The mats all have a winter theme. Laminate and use over and over again.
Snowflake Task Cards
Use cotton swabs to create snowflakes using snowflake task cards. This is the perfect fine motor activity!
Penguin Roll and Cover
A fun dice game. Roll the dice and cover the penguin with the associated number. Using tongs and cotton balls keeps with the winter theme.
Winter Fine Motor Pencil Paths
Challenge pencil skills using pencil paths. Laminate and cut out paths. Use them over and over again by using a dry erase marker.
Letter Formation – Winter Theme
If you are ready for letter formation work, this is your winter themed activity. Use a paint brush or finger to go over the letter. Create a “snow filled” (salt or sugar) bin to work on letter formation.