Help Your Children Develop Their Fine Motor Skills
3rd Aug 2018

Help Your Children Develop Their Fine Motor Skills

Babies can be time wasters! There is something captivating in watching a person grow and develop from complete helplessness to gaining their first basic skills. A baby realising they can reach and grab a toy is an exciting thing to watch! It’s the first stages of developing their fine motor skills.Fine Motor Development is essential cognitive growth that sets children up for independence in play, self-care and then onto school. (Read more)


Fine motor movements usually refer to the use of small muscles in fingers and hands. Fine motor skills are what children use to grasp toys, press buttons, feed themselves first with their fingers and then using a spoon and fork. They can then learn to draw, complete puzzles, and sort shapes. Dressing themselves also uses fine motor skills to zip, button, and tie shoelaces.

Parents can help children develop their fine motor skills by giving them toys that require dexterity such as pushing buttons, turning dials, picking up and sorting. Arts and crafts also gives children the opportunity to develop fine motor skills.

It’s important to let your children develop independence. Don’t continue to spoon feed them when they can learn to pick up pieces of food and then use utensils themselves. Encourage them to pick up a toy rather than always handing the toy to them.

Older children continue to learn dexterity. They can start to use smaller pieces such as building bricks, make jewellery, and draw in finer detail.

Kidstuff recommends the following toys to encourage fine motor development for all ages. Our online store has many more toys to browse.

FOR AGES 3+ MONTHS

BABY EINSTEIN DISCOVERY DRIVER

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The Baby Einstein Discovery Driver is a perfect toy for babies to practise fine motor skills. It’s engaging with 8 classical melodies and fun car sounds. It introduces number and colour discovery in 3 languages (French, Spanish, and English). Babies can press the colourful buttons to activate classical melodies and sound the horn. The steering wheel encourages grasping and turning. 

FOR AGES 12+ MONTHS

BELLO WOODLAND WONDER CUBE

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Activity play cubes provide so many opportunities for your child to use those small muscles in their hands. The Bello Woodland Wonder Cube has fun on five sides. It is bright and fun, sure to have your engaged. It features beads, an abacus, shapes to press and even a chalkboard.

This toy is safety and quality tested with a lifetime guarantee. Bello toys are made from only durable, non-toxic, chew-friendly materials. Only available at Kidstuff.

FOR AGES 12+ MONTHS

B.WHEEEE-LS! SET OF 4 SOFT CARS

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Vehicles are a great toy that let’s your child practise their fine motor skills. These B. WHEEEE-LS are pull back cars that then zoom across the floor. Better still, they don’t need batteries. These cute cars are chunky vehicles perfect for little hands and soft for safe play.

They have interactive features; car rings, truck chimes, racer rattles, taxi squeaks.

FOR AGES 12+ MONTHS
B. TOULOUSE LAPTREC

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This sketchpad is never-ending! It’s a magnetic sketch board that erases easily. It uses fine motor skills to draw, pull the knob to clean the slate, and 4 magnetic animal stamps. It has a built in handle, a cubby for the pencil making it ideal to take with you.

FOR AGES 18+ MONTHS

MICADOR EASY CARRY ART STUDIO

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The Easy Carry Art Studio from Micador is another the handy art easel. It is chock full of quality Micador products that you can take anywhere! With clips to attach paper, a whiteboard, a chalkboard, 12 coloured pencils, 8 whiteboard markers, 2 graphite pencils, 10 chalk sticks and paper there are limitless ways to make art and use fine motor skills! 

FOR AGES 3+ YEARS

FIRST PLAY CASH REGISTER

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This electronic cash register set has everything a kid needs to open their own shop! Pushing the buttons, handling the money and groceries are all great ways to further develop the ability to use the hand muscles.

Includes:
Product scanner
Credit card and swipe slot
Draw that opens and closes
Pretend microphone to price check!
Play money
Grocery items and basket
Conveyer belt and next customer divider

Realistic sounds 

FOR AGES 8+ YEARS

WONDERSTUFF SOLAR ROBOT KIT

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The Wonderstuff Solar Robot Kit is packed with learning potential for older children. The components transform into 14 different robots with unique functions, movements and personalities! These robots are powered entirely by the sun. No batteries required! The robots move in direct sunlight and inspire imagination as you create and interact. Includes a detailed step by step instruction booklet.

FOR AGES 8+ YEARS

MAKE IT REAL FLOATING CHARM LOCKET - BLOOMING CREATIVITY

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Jewellery making provides the opportunity to further develop dexterity for older children. Floating lockets are very popular at the moment. This kit includes everything from pendants and charms to faux suede lace and cotton thread. Work with raw materials to create a pendant necklace and two unique bracelets – then mix and match to express your creativity even more. Locket pendant, 2 charms, various spangles, 20 beads, suede lace, 3 colours of cotton thread, 4 jump rings, 1 clasp, instructions, plus an exclusive Dream Guide.