Fine Motor Christmas Activities

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Try some of these fine motor Christmas activities to help improve your child's hand skills.

These are some basic techniques that you can incorporate into almost any Christmas craft activity, to help improve your child's fine motor skills, while still having lots of fun!


Christmas Scissor Activities

Cutting with scissors is an excellent way to strengthen your child's hands and get the tripod fingers working together. And at this time of year, it is so easy to get your child interested in practicing scissor skills!

If your child still does not know how to cut with scissors, go and read my article on how to help your child learn to use scissors first. Then come back and try these fun Christmas scissor cutting ideas!

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Tearing and Crumpling Paper

Give the tripod fingers a workout and decorate your activities with torn strips of paper or with tiny crumpled paper balls.

Tearing Paper
Crumpling Paper
Decorating With Crumpled Paper

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Threading and Tying

When you involve your children in threading beads and tying ribbons, then they are also working on eye hand coordination and bilateral coordination, as well as fine motor skills.

Thread Beads:

Chenille sticks (pipe cleaners) make it really easy for kids to thread beads.

You can bend the chenille stick into shapes (like I did to make a bead angel) and also use them to decorate gifts.

Tie Ribbons:

Let your kids help you tie the ribbons and strings onto gifts.

Therapy Fun Zone has a great idea for a ribbon tree that can give your child some practice in tying. To make the activity a little easier, use fatter sticks, and plonk them in a jar to keep them still while your kids are tying the ribbons on.

If your child finds tying really hard, you may want to check out my article on why some kids struggle more than others with tying skills.

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Working With Dough

Elsewhere on my site, I have highlighted the many benefits of working with playdough, and the different techniques you can bring into your child's playdough activity time.

All that rolling and squishing is great for improving hand skills and bilateral coordination.

Why not extend your child's enjoyment of playdough and strengthen their hands with real cookie dough or craft dough such as salt dough or homemade clay? That way they can eat or keep their creations!

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Stamping

Stamping is a lovely activity, especially if you do it on a vertical surface, as then it develops good wrist extension and helps to develop upper body endurance, which kids need when they are sitting a desk.

Your kids can use stamps to decorate wrapping paper or plain gift bags, or even a paper table runner. Use potato stamps with paint, or invest in a decent set of rubber stamps with ink. Just be sure to have your kids wear old clothes!

Stamping on a Vertical Surface
Try these stampers with wooden handles from Amazon - they are great for little hands to hold. This is an affiliate link and I will earn a small commission if you purchase a product through my links.

Your Kids OT shows how to use a potato stamp technique to decorate gift wrap.

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Use A Craft Punch

If you have a hole punch or a craft punch, why not let your child use it to punch holes in gift tags or to punch out shapes to decorate cards?

Mine is similar to this one on Amazon. This is an affiliate link and I will earn a small commission if you purchase a product through my links.

Squeezing the punch shut is great for strengthening little hand muscles - just please be sure to use one that is kid-friendly! Look for craft punches with little lever handles like the one shown below - your child can use the tripod fingers to push the punch shut.

The little ones with the round punch button don't really work for developing fine motor skills, so it's worth paying a little extra for the lever-type punches.

good craft punch techniques

Use the tripod fingers to close the punch
You can turn the punch upside down to position the hole

unhelpful craft punch techniques

Using a round button punch does not get as much fine motor involvement
Using the heel of the hand means the fingers are not getting fine motor practice

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Supplies For Fine Motor Christmas Activities

If you are looking for supplies to do the fine motor Christmas activities above, I have looked out similar products on Amazon for your convenience. These are my affiliate links and I will earn a small commission if you purchase a product through my links - but you are under no obligation to purchase anything!

I hope you feel as inspired as I did as I rounded up all these fine motor Christmas activities! Thanks for visiting - please feel free to browse my site!


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Christmas Cutting Practice Printables!

Do you want to give your child more scissor cutting practice using a Christmas theme? Are you struggling to find good scissor cutting templates?

OT Mom’s Christmas-themed cutting printables will give your child lots of cutting practice with lovely end products to build your child’s confidence!

cutting skills printable templates for Christmas

There are 17 different scissor cutting crafts, all with photographed instructions and a variety of templates - over 40 templates in all!

Suitable for a range of skills - from preschoolers who are just learning to use scissors, all the way to early elementary kids who need more practice with their scissor skills.

Starting with simple snipping activities, the templates will enable your child to learn to cut on straight lines and then to cut out shapes.

All the activities are photographed so you and your child can see what you are working towards!

View my Christmas Scissor Cutting Printables now!

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