Fine Motor Christmas Activities

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These fine motor Christmas activities can be used to help improve your child's hand strength and finger dexterity.

On this page, I outline 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!

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.

 - Threading Beads

Chenille stems#Ad (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) to make Christmas tree decorations or table decorations.

threading pony beads onto chenille stems is a good fine motor activity for kidsthreading beads

 - Tying Ribbons

Therapy Fun Zone has a great idea for a ribbon tree that can give your child some practice in tying knots.

To make the activity a little easier, use longer sticks, and plonk them in a jar to keep them still while your kids are tying the ribbons on to the top part of the stick. You can then cut off the base of the stick once the ribbons are tied.

Ask your child to help you tie the ribbons and strings onto gifts - this is a lovely activity that most kids enjoy! Even if it is just simple knots and not a fancy bow, your child's hands will be getting lots of fine motor practice.

crafty ribbon christmas tree for kidsribbon tree Christmas card

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

Working with dough is one of my favorite fine motor Christmas activities - we do this every year!

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.

working with cookie dough can strengthen little handssquishing cookie dough for hand strength!

Why not use 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 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#Ad, or even a paper table runner.

stamping paper on a vertical surface is good for fine motor skillsStamping on a Vertical Surface

Just be sure to have your kids wear old clothes!

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Use A Craft Punch for Fine Motor Christmas Activities!

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?

The best ones have a lever action, like this one on Amazon#Ad.

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#Ad.

 - good craft punch techniques

using a craft punch in a fine motor activityUse the tripod fingers to close the punch
use a craft punch to help develop fine motor skillsYou can turn the punch upside down to position the hole

 - unhelpful craft punch techniques

unhelpful technique with a craft punch for fine motor skillsUsing a round button punch does not get as much fine motor involvement
unhelpful technique with a craft punch for fine motor skillsUsing the heel of the hand means the fingers are not getting fine motor practice

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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 is a good fine motor Christmas activity for kidsTearing Paper
crumpling paper with the tripod fingers is a good fine motor Christmas activity for kidsCrumpling Paper
decorating pictures with crumpled paper is a good fine motor Christmas activity for kidsDecorating With Crumpled Paper

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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 fine motor Christmas activities!

I hope you feel as inspired as I did as I rounded up all these fine motor Christmas activities.

It is just so much fun creating memories with your kids as you do special activities at Christmas time!

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Fine Motor Christmas Activity Printables!

This accessible download contains more than 30 easy-to-use Christmas activity pages that can be used at home, at school and in Sunday school over the Christmas period.

These nativity- themed activity sheets focus on developing fine motor skills with a variety of techniques, and giving visual motor practice with 9 different figure-ground mazes.

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13 pages to decorate and color
9 different Christmas mazes
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