Perfect for morning tubs, early finishers, centers, or busy boxes, these fine motor activities target development of fine motor skills in young children. This bundle includes printable materials for all of the Fine Motor Skills Task Boxes (with a total of 83 activities).
Each of the included fine motor tasks is designed to fit into a standard plastic pencil box. This allows for easy storage and organization. To prepare, print and laminate the activity label and instructions as well as the printable activity materials. Tape the activity label to the outside of the box and the illustrated instruction card inside the lid. Place all listed materials inside the box.
This bundle includes two resources that only contain material pulled from the other Fine Motor Task Boxes sets. The Cube Building Cards and Pattern Blocks Cards sets are included here for convenience, but are not factored into the price or the page count as they are duplicates of activities included in other sets.
Why practice fine motor skills?
Research shows that well-developed fine motor skills in young children are a predictor of academic success. It makes sense that children with dexterity and hand strength would be more successful in a classroom that requires writing and drawing, but researchers have found that the connection goes beyond that. Through a series of studies using longitudinal data that tracked students from kindergarten through eighth grade, researchers determined that strong fine motor skills in the early years of life help form connections in the brain that lead to greater academic achievement throughout the school years. Unfortunately, advances in technology have led many families away from traditional activities that promote fine motor development. The time that many children spend using computers, tablets, and smartphones is time that they are not spending building, drawing, and manipulating objects in the world around them. Many children are beginning school with a deficit of motor skills, both gross and fine. It is important for schools to give children many opportunities to build those skills.
Please note that this resource includes digital downloads for you to print. It does not include the manipulatives or boxes you will need to assemble the activities.