Developing fine motor skills is crucial for little ones in their early childhood years but that doesn't mean it has to be a chore. There are many things you can do around the house to promote fine motor skills and there are also many toys that encourage fine motor development in children... while they play!
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PlanToys Bee Hive
This toy is both adorable and full of learning opportunities. Your little one can use the wooden tongs to pick the bee's up by the wings and place them in the bee hive. He can sort by color to help with color recognition and the hives can even be stacked.
Melissa & Doug Fishing Puzzle
Your child will develop her coordination with this magnetic fishing game as well as practice colors and learning to name different fish!
Melissa & Doug Sound Puzzle
What child doesn't love farm animals? Puzzles are great for fine motor and coordination, plus this is perfect for learning or perfecting animal names and sounds.
Melissa & Doug Rainbow Stacker
I have to admit, I have underestimated this "old school" toy but my son really enjoys this wooden stacker. It's great for building working those hand muscles and building coordination. And, of course, there's the color recognition!
Melissa & Doug Sort and Snap Color Match
This is another one that is great on many levels - of course, the fine motor and coordination. Our favorite part is once all the pegs are in, you can hold it up to the light and see it shine through the holes. Very fun!
Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube
Shape sorting is another oldie but goodie and is perfect for fine motor skills, coordination, color recognition and... shapes!
Learning Resources Shape Sorting Cupcakes
My son adores any toy that involves food and this one does not disappoint. Your little one can practice fine motor skills by putting the cupcake "frosting" on and placing the cupcake just right in the pan, so it lines up with the coordinating shape. This is also great for pretend play.
JaxoJoy Ice Cream Set
I think this might be my son's favorite from this list. Again, great for pretend play but this ice cream set helps little ones with find motor skills by grabbing and snapping the toppings on and the ice cream on the cones and using the lever to "scoop" ice cream.
Melissa & Doug Cutting Food
Pretend play is important and, as I've mentioned, my son loves toys that have a food theme but I personally prefer the pretend food that has the knife so that you can "cut" the food. This is really good for fine motor development.
Last but not least... play doh! Give your child some doh and let her work those hand muscles. You don't even need all the little fancy tools but those help, too!