I often receive emails from readers asking about ways to help guide children to writing skills without shoving a pencil or crayons in their little hands. Working fine motor skills is important but fine motor activities for infants and toddlers can be loads of fun, too. Not to mention these pre-writing skills activities are more often than not simple to put together and relatively inexpensive. Ahh, two of my favorite things.
Fine Motor Activities for Infants and Toddlers
Fine Motor Activity Materials
- Raw spaghetti
Fine Motor Activity Approach
- Set out the raw spaghetti and strainer
- Invite your child to the activity or allow him to discover it on his own
Why is this fine motor activity so great?
- Fun AND works pre-writing skills
- Requires a bit of focus and concentration
- Kids love working with pasta
- Spaghetti is interesting in itself. Watch the younger children break it. The sound and feel of the spaghetti breaking is intriguing to children.
- Spans a wide age range. My almost six year old, four year old, and my eleven month old did this activity together feeding their own developmental stages and needs
- Children can be creative with design (use colored pasta for even more creative fun!)