Art Activities for Fine Motor Skills Development

Art activities for fine motor skills development

Fine motor skills are the coordination of small muscles and movements in the hands, wrists, and fingers with their eyes. These movements which we may use to unlock a door or zipping up our jacket or doing up buttons on your shirt. These skills develop from childhood and there are ways to use art and creative activities to learn, practice, and master these skills so that we can use them in adult life.

This project is designed to help develop fine motor skills using painting, cutting out, drawing, and gluing. It is easy to do at home without breaking the bank.

What you will need:

  • Paper plates
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • A jar of water
  • A black marker
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Scrap paper
  • Wood glue
  • Patience and readiness to have some fun

The Steps:

Step 1: Draw outline of any extra parts of creature (horn, ears, nose, head) on another paper plate

Step 2: Model how to cut these shapes out, and if the child can, let them do it

Step 3: Paint your creature’s horn/ears/nose/head using acrylic paint. (Have your jar of water, paint brushes, and paint shirt at the ready)

Step 4: Paint your creatures face (your second full paper plate) and then let the paint dry

Step 5: Add details with a marker (the eyes/nose/whiskers)

Step 6: Add ribbons or any last finishing touches

The Outcome:

paper plate unicorn

The Unicorn

paper plate zebra and giraffe

Wild Life

paper plate ducky

The Duck

paper plate hanging dinosaurs

Dino and Sarah

If you are interested in why it is so important to practice using scissors and drawing shapes with markers please read this blog post.

Let your little one join our awesome art classes, age 4 – 8 where we have fun and teach them fundamental skills for art and life.

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