Fine motor skill development is essential for successful handwriting development. Teachers are discovering that many students are entering school with poorly developed motor skills. This not only affects students’ ability to write by hand, but also things like tying shoes, buttoning, and even sitting still in class.
With Halloween right around the corner, we thought we’d round up some fun Halloween activities that help build fine motor skills. From cutting with scissors and gluing to tracing shapes, these activities will encourage fine motor skill development.
10 Halloween Activities to Build Fine Motor Skills
Handprint crafts are always fun and add a personal touch by using the shape of the child’s hand. The Best Ideas for Kids shares these four fun options for Halloween handprint cards: a pumpkin, a vampire, a ghost, and a Frankenstein. This activity provides lots of fine motor work – from tracing to cutting to gluing – AND kids get to work on their handwriting skills by writing a message inside!
Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails incorporates math into this fine motor skill Halloween activity. Kids use tongs to pick up Halloween erasers and count them as they deposit them into a container. Try using different erasers or other items to make this a sorting activity as well!
This Witchy Fingers activity from Fun-A-Day encourages kids to use tweezers or witch fingers to pick up small objects such as pumpkin seeds, buttons, and googly eyes. As the author, Mary Catherine, noticed with her own students, this activity goes well beyond simple fine motor skill work. Kids can also practice counting, stacking, sorting, and making patterns.
Manipulating pipe cleaners is a great way to build fine motor skills. This activity from Play Trains has students build a tree out of pipe cleaners. For a little extra decoration (and fine motor work), try threading beads onto the branches. If kids have a train set, they can then use their trees to decorate around the track!
These creative Halloween activities are sure to delight kids, and each one encourages fine motor skill development. Try them with your kids or students and comment below to let us know which one is your favorite!
Free Halloween Printables!
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