It’s time to get a little spoooooky! Halloween is around the corner, so let’s look at some fun Halloween fine motor activities!
First, we will see why fine motor skills are important. Next, we will take a peek at some FREE printables where kids can work on their fine motor skills. Lastly, we will take those fine motor skills to the next level by using them in cutting activities. In the end, you will have access to 4 pages of FREE printables with activities that require little to no preparation. Let’s get started!
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First, why are fine motor skills important?
Fine motor skills are when we use the small muscles in our hands and wrists. Activities that work on the coordination and strength of these small muscles help with grasping items, manipulating tools like scissors and pencils, completing fasteners like buttons and zippers, and eating! Whew…that’s a lot! In other words, fine motor skills are important for a child’s development! HERE is a quick breakdown of some fine motor milestones to keep in mind.
Next, let’s see what Halloween Fine Motor Activities are in these printables!
In this pack, you will get 2 manipulative sheets: On these printables are 15 circles. Buttons, pennies, stamps, poms with tongs, or stickers, can be used! The smaller the buttons, the bigger the challenge! Spread the manipulatives around on the table and you can also address other skills like scanning and crossing midline! You could also increase the difficulty by making it a penny flipping challenge! Have your child place the pennies heads up in the circles and see how fast they can flip them over to tails. So many options!
Lastly, let’s work on cutting skills!
Now that we have warmed up our hands by completing the Halloween Fine Motor Activities, let’s put them to practice! The final 2 pages in this FREE printable pack allow children to work on their cutting skills. Page 3 has 3 eyes, 3 noses, and 3 mouths to choose from. Each shape is highlighted with a yellow line as a visual guide to increase cutting accuracy. There’s also some simpler and more difficult shapes depending on your child’s cutting skills. You can also cut around the shapes to decrease the paper size making it easier for your child to manage as they cut. Page 4 is the pumpkin they can glue their shapes on. What will YOUR jack-o-lantern look like?!?! See a few of my students’ samples below.
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