Early Learning Activities to Develop Fine Motor Skills
Considering how often we employ them, it’s no surprise that many parents wonder how to improve hand-eye coordination. A traditional game to help toddlers develop their hand-eye coordination is placing a favorite toy just out of reach. Three-year-olds and up often enjoy Play-Doh, which helps develop hand strength and dexterity. As children get older, building blocks such as LEGOs are a great way to further develop their fine motor skills.
For fun and interesting activities for developing fine motor skills, try one of these engaging activities with LEGOs to help develop hand-eye coordination.
LEGO Marble Bowling Game
- Find a sturdy board or place a poster board on a flat surface to create the bowling lane.
- Use 10 circular stickers to mark where to set up the LEGO bowling pins.
- Place the LEGO pieces on the ten stickers. You could experiment with different types of LEGO bowling pins to see which size works best.
- A large marble is a good choice for the bowling ball.
- Either roll or flick the marble toward the bowling pins and enjoy the game!
LEGO Marble Run
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- Start with a LEGO base board and plenty of LEGO bricks.
- Make a perimeter for the marble run by placing the bricks around the edges of the base board. Leave two openings on either end for the marble’s entrance and exit.
- Begin to create the inner maze by placing the LEGOs in a pattern. It is best to gently put the bricks in place without pressing down until the desired maze has been completed.
- Be sure to leave plenty of room for the marble to roll freely when you are creating the maze’s pathways.
- Once the maze is complete, have fun rolling the marble from the entry to the exit.
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- Get a variety of LEGO bricks, a glass of water, and an eyedropper or pipette.
- Fill the eyedropper or pipette with water.
- Gently fill the holes on the back of each LEGO without letting the water drops spill over.
- You could also fill up the back of the LEGO bricks completely to see how many drops of water will fill up each different size LEGO.
- For this activity, grab a bunch of LEGOs and marbles.
- Place the marble on top of the LEGO bricks.
- Try balancing different size marbles on different types of LEGO bricks. See which marbles and LEGOs work best together.
Tong or Chopstick Challenge
- Start with two bowls, a pair of tongs or chopsticks, and a handful of LEGOs.
- The goal of this game is to move the LEGOs from one bowl to the other without dropping them on the table.
- For an even bigger challenge, try to use only one hand, or your non-dominant hand, while moving the LEGOs. You could also color code the LEGOs and move only one color to the other side.
- Begin with a bunch of LEGO bricks and a smooth surface.
- Place the LEGOs on their smooth side and see how tall you can make the tower.
- Try mixing the LEGO bricks with different sizes for an even bigger challenge.
LEGO Head Rescue
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- Gather together a variety of LEGO mini figures and some therapy putty. Play-Doh can work, but therapy putty is available in different strengths.
- Take off the LEGO heads from the mini figure’s bodies.
- Smooth out the therapy putty to make a flat surface.
- Place the LEGO heads around the putty and roll the putty back into a ball.
- Ask your child to find the hidden LEGO heads and put them back onto their mini figure bodies.
- To mix it up a little, you can hide other parts of the body too, like arms, torsos, and legs.