15 Christmas Tree Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers

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It's the most wonderful time of the year… and who doesn't love a good Christmas activity? This year I thought I would round up some fun Christmas tree fine motor activities for preschoolers. Some of these would even be great for toddlers (just watch out for small parts and mouths!).

These Christmas tree fine motor activities will help your preschooler practice their pincer grasp, and develop their finger muscles. These activities also help develop the fine motor skills needed to draw, write, and scissor skills.

All of these activities are from some of my fellow bloggers, so all you need to do is scroll down to the activities that call to you and then click over to get the directions or tutorials.

15 Christmas Tree Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers

Before any great fine motor activity, it's important to warm up the muscles with some gross motor fun.

Gross Motor Warm-Ups

This easy Christmas Tree Toss Activity from Pint-sized Treasures does just the trick. You can easily switch out the items to throw and she has some great additional ideas in this post too.

This is another great ABC Christmas Tree Activity from Hands-on As We Grow.

Working on a vertical surface is also a great way to include some core muscle exercises for fine motor skills. This Pin-Up Tree Decorating Idea from Happy Hooligans is a great one to use.

Fine Motor Busy Bags

These next ideas would make perfect fine motor station activities in a classroom or for busy bags/busy trays for quiet time at home.

This Magnetic Christmas Tree Activity from I Heart Arts n Crafts is one of my favorites!

I also love the simplicity of this Decorate Felt Christmas Trees activity from Buggy and Buddy. The tweezers are a great fine motor practice component.

This other Decorate Felt Christmas Trees activity from Buggy and Buddy takes a little more set-up but is super cute and 3-dimensional decorating which kids will love.

Play Dough Activity Ideas

We love play dough and this Christmas Tree Play Dough kit from Mama, Papa, Bubba is a wonderful idea. We used a similar idea for Gingerbread men here and it also doubled as homemade Christmas gifts for friends that year.

If you want another idea for play dough, these Christmas Tree Play Dough Mats from Pre-Kinders are also a cute addition.

Miscellaneous Activity Ideas

I also love this creative play dough activity that uses toothpicks. You can find it at Trim the Tree Fine Motor Activity from No Time for Flashcards.

Geoboards are a great fine motor experience. Here are two different options.

Christmas Tree Geoboard from The Imagination Tree

Christmas Tree Geoboard from Little Bins for Little Hands

Legos are always popular, my kids are starting to get into building them with Dad. This LEGO Christmas Tree from Powerful Mothering is super cute and easy to make.

These next two activities use natural items with pebbles and pine cones. I love how easy and creative these are.

Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree from Arty Crafty Kids.

Pine Cone Christmas Tree from The Imagination Tree

This Pom Pom Painting Christmas Tree Craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning would be great to use with toddlers or preschoolers. If you do have younger children, use the larger size pom-poms to avoid choking hazards (and of course supervision).

And any fine motor activity round-up would not be complete without a lacing activity. This Christmas Tree Lacing Activity from Happy Hooligans fits the bill.

These fine-motor Christmas trees from Fun-A-Day use pony beads and toothpicks or craft sticks to make these fun Christmas trees. The small beads are a great way to use a pincer grasp which helps strengthen little hands and fingers.

Need more fine motor activity ideas? Check out the links below.

Fine Motor Activities for Ages 4-6, preschooler fine motor development.

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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