Fine Motor Skills Task Boxes (work bins, morning tubs)

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  1. 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 103 activities). It also includes a bonus fi
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Perfect for morning tubs, early finishers, centers, or busy boxes, these fine motor activities target development of fine motor skills in young children.

These Fine Motor Skills Task Boxes are part of a bundle.

This set includes ideas and printable materials for 18 fine motor bins. These simple crafts, task cards, and activities are designed to promote the development of fine motor skills in young children. Simple enough to be completed independently, these task boxes can be used in the mornings when children first come to school, as a quiet break later in the day, or by individual students as they finish their other work. Each task includes a printable label, picture directions, and other materials (such as pattern cards to be laminated or craft templates that are consumable). Many activities require the inclusion of other classroom items such as math manipulatives or craft supplies. Please see the included materials list.

Each of the 18 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.

When preparing these boxes, consider how you want to use them. If you want your whole class to work with them at the same time (and you have more than 18 students), choose some boxes to make two of until you have enough for all of your students.

This set includes:

Clip Cards (colors and shapes)

Pompom Numbers

Pattern Blocks

Dot Pictures

Cube Building

Link Patterns

Write & Wipe Mazes

Playdough Mats

Lacing Cards

Bead Lacing

Letter Punch Cards

Number Punch Cards

Scissor Practice

Make Something! (cut and glue activity)

Silly Hair Craft (cut and glue activity)

Stencil Tracing

Tissue Paper Pictures

Torn Paper Letters

Additional Materials List (not included in purchase):

copy paper, card stock, laminator/film

clothespins (approx. 5)

craft pompoms

child’s tweezers (1)

pattern blocks

¾” circular counters

red, yellow, green, blue, purple

connecting cubes (approx. 30)

math links (plastic chain links)

red, blue, yellow, green

dry erase markers/erasers

playdough (small container)

shoe laces (at least 2)

pony beads

hole punches (2)

child’s scissors (3 pairs)


tag board or one file folder

tissue paper

construction paper

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 smart phones 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.

These boxes can be used alone or as supplements to my other fine motor task boxes.

You may also be interested in my Geoboards Task Cards or Homework Choice Boards.

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Susan Jennings (My Happy Place)

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use appropriate tools strategically. Mathematically proficient students consider the available tools when solving a mathematical problem. These tools might include pencil and paper, concrete models, a ruler, a protractor, a calculator, a spreadsheet, a computer algebra system, a statistical package, or dynamic geometry software. Proficient students are sufficiently familiar with tools appropriate for their grade or course to make sound decisions about when each of these tools might be helpful, recognizing both the insight to be gained and their limitations. For example, mathematically proficient high school students analyze graphs of functions and solutions generated using a graphing calculator. They detect possible errors by strategically using estimation and other mathematical knowledge. When making mathematical models, they know that technology can enable them to visualize the results of varying assumptions, explore consequences, and compare predictions with data. Mathematically proficient students at various grade levels are able to identify relevant external mathematical resources, such as digital content located on a website, and use them to pose or solve problems. They are able to use technological tools to explore and deepen their understanding of concepts.
Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. For example, “Can you join these two triangles with full sides touching to make a rectangle?”
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.


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