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Busy Lil’ Fingers

Allow your little one to develop and strengthen his fine motor skills through fun and interesting activities inspired by Montessori Practical Life materials.
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Favorite and conveniently book Kid Experts for sessions throughout the site.

Fine motor skills involve the small muscles of the hands. Providing activities that hone a child’s fine motor development is essential for performing daily self-help skills and writing skills. Self-help skills include handling a spoon, buttoning, wiping nose, etc. The child’s fine motor ability is especially important when learning how to write and using various writing materials. These activities will also help your child practice focus and concentration and determine his hand dominance.


- Water dropper and suction cups
- Clothespins and box
- Sponge and two plastic bowls
- Large nuts and bolts
- String and pre-cut straws
- Large beans, glue and simple picture/outline
- Pre-cut 1-inch construction paper glue


As parents, it's important to make sure that activities are age appropriate and that allergies or medical conditions are communicated as you see fit.

Sometimes, a materials or other additional fee is charged. We do this to bring you the best possible activities. It's the Kid Expert's job to confirm any such fee in advance.

Sample Activities and Instructions

Start with a couple of “fingerplays” such as “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Mother’s Knives and Forks”
Introduce the use of a placemat where all materials should be placed at all times (show the proper way to roll/unroll it)
Introduce each material and give a lesson on how to handle/use it
Allow the child to manipulate the materials repeatedly
Put away all materials properly and clean-up workplace