10 Winter Fine Motor Activities for Kids

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Are you looking for some themed winter fine motor activities for your school day or just to have fun at home? Today I am sharing some of my favorite winter fine motor activities for kids that work on a variety of skills needed for fine motor success. 

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1 || Sparkly Winter Play Dough Recipe 

This sparkly winter play dough recipe has only two main ingredients plus whatever you want to use for glitter or a fragrance. It is super easy and SO soft. It makes the perfect “snow” play dough for fine motor activities. 

Sparkly winter two ingredient

2 || Winter Play Dough Invitation to Play

I used the play dough from above to set up this winter invitation to play set-up here

Winter themed invitation to play with play dough.

3 || Snowflake Pre-Writing Line Activity for Preschoolers

This snowflake pre-writing line activity combines many great skills including visual-motor, pre-writing line practice, and fine motor skills.

collage of children completing snowflake pre-writing line activity for preschoolers.

And it's super easy to set up and complete!

collage of winter themed fine motor activities for kids

4 || Indoor Snowman Decorating from Fantastic Learning And Fun

Do you live in an area that doesn’t get snow as often? This activity would be perfect for decorating a snowman inside. Picking up the small pieces of felt to decorate and placing them on the “snowman” is great visual-motor and fine motor practice.  

5 || Snowman Fine Motor Busy Bag from Stir the Wonder 

I may be partial to snowmen, but this snowman fine motor busy bag would be the perfect quiet time activity or to have set-up at a fine motor station or in-between activities at school. 

6 || Snowy Day Sensory Writing Tray from Pre-K Pages

Fine motor skills are a foundational skill for handwriting and this snowy day sensory writing tray is the perfect addition for any winter-themed fine motor activity day or handwriting station. You can use it to copy shapes or pre-writing lines and letter formations or spelling words. 

7 || Tracing a Snowman Fine Motor Activity from School Time Snippets

You can use any of these 10 ways to practice hands-on pre-writing lines with this handout, along with markers or small crayons. Plus it’s a great way to practice shapes and lines with preschool-age children. 

collage of winter fine motor activities for kids

8 || Fine Motor Snow Painting from ABCs to ACTs

I love this one since it’s a great way to practice pencil grasp with a smaller “writing” utensil like the Q-tips.

9 || Fine Motor Mitten Activity from Best Toys 4 Toddlers

This is a great seasonal activity for lacing which helps visual-motor skills and bilateral coordination.

10 || Snowball Names Fine Motor Activity from Fun-A-Day

What a cute way to practice letter formations and also work on some pincer grasp.

Need more fine motor activity ideas? Check out my resources below.

Activities for Fine Motor Skill Development, for kids of all ages.

Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based OT services for preschool through high school. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies for parents, educators, and therapists. She is the author of many ebooks including The Basics of Fine Motor Skills, and Basics of Pre-Writing Skills, and co-author of Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators.

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