50+ No prep Fine and Gross Motor Activities for Toddlers and Preschool

Fine and gross motor activities are very essential for the overall development of the kid. Fine motor skills are frequently thought of as the abilities required to manipulate a pencil for legible handwriting or to manage clothing fasteners. Given that handwriting and independent dressing skills are not yet developmentally appropriate for your toddler or preschooler, you can help support the development of fine motor skills through a variety of naturally occurring play activities. These fine motor skills activities are great for encouraging fine motor development while also having fun!

What are Fine Motor Skills?

Fine and gross motor skills is one of the most important skills to be developed in a child’s early year. Fine motor skills refer to the coordination between small muscles, like those of the hands and fingers, with the eyes. All the daily task which we perform involve our fingers so it’s really important to strengthen those small muscles. 

Fine motor skills involve functions such as writing, grasping small objects and fastening buttons and so on and so forth. Fine motor skills activities for parents or caregivers to try at home with their toddler to aid in the development of fine motor skills are listed below. While some of these activities can be done independently, we recommend that your toddler be supervised when playing with small items.

What are Gross Motor Skills?

Gross Motor Skills involves the larger, stronger muscle groups of the body. In the early year development of these muscles enables the baby to hold his/her head up, sit, crawl and eventually walk, run and skip.Few examples of Gross Motor Skills are walking, running, jumping, climbing, balance, strength etc.

Fine and Gross motor skills are utmost important to develop in younger kids, however it’s not rocket science! Let’s look at some super easy and no-prep activities using home items which can go a long way in improving and developing their Fine and gross motor skills.

Refer to the items list which are required and how to use them is illustrated in the video below:

1. Picking up Rubber Bands with Chopsticks

2. Zig-Zag and Bear Walk

3. Inserting Straws/Coins in Playdough

4. Clothpins Pinching

5.Using Pom-Pom


7. Using Spray Bottle

8. Stacking Straws in a Chopstick

9. Match cut and paste worksheets

10. Catching Rolling Balls

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Refer to the items list which are required and how to use them is illustrated in the video below:(To see more Parts check the links below)

  1. Inserting Pom-Pom in Bottle
  2. Walking on the line bridge(Helps in body balancing)
  3. Zig-Zag Stencil
  4. Karaoke Activity(Pots and Pans and Serving Spoons)
  5. Learning to Zip-up
  6. Rubber-Band Sensory activity
  7. Shoe Lacing activity
  8. Car track activity
  9. Peeling off the Tape
  10. Indoor Obstacle course
  11. Paper crushing
  12. Cups and Balls color matching activity
  13. Pasting beads on your Name
  14. Rolling and aiming the ball into a hole
  15. Cup Tower

Let’s see more 15 no-prep fine motor activities for toddlers that are easy to set up and enhances a whole range of skills. They’re creative, manipulative and best for overall Physical and cognitive development of the kid through appropriate sensory play and simple cognitive games!

Feeding the Fox

This is a superb sensory activity which stimulates the kids and helps in development of their Fine motor skills. It’s super simple to create…Have a look for yourself! Feel free to customize as per the available resources. This helps toddlers to strengthen their small muscles which greatly enhances fine motor skills and problem solving skills.

Salt tray sensory activity

Salt tray activity: Using a DIY salt tray is a fun way for toddlers to practice their pre-writing skills. Just fill a tray with Salt(or any other crumbled safe powder) and give child an ear-bud. Now just wait and watch! You’ll be amazed at how creative your toddler can get. This activity engages the senses, and is an exciting way for kids to learn how to write letters, numbers and spell their name.

Squeezing Sponge

Squeezing is one of the best fine motor activities for toddlers. It helps in strengthen the small muscles and also add a sensory stimulation to the toddler. It’s an hands-on activity for toddlers to practice everyday. Illustrate to your toddler how to squeeze the sponge to release the water.Take two bowls/containers and ask the toddler to soak water from one and squeeze the sponge in the other. Practice filling a small bucket or bowl. Then pour the water out of the container.

Lego and Play-dough fine motor play

These two toys are great ways to build a toddlers fine motor skills. Give both at the same time and ask the kid to insert the legos in the play-dough. It’s a creative way to combine two toys and be more explorative.

Ripping Adhesive Tape

Tape your toddlers favorite toys to a table and ask the kid to untape and get the toy. It’s super-exciting for them and also a great exercise for their tiny finger muscles.

Broken Crayons

Broken crayons: Using broken crayons is a magical way to improve toddlers grasp. It’s normal for kids to change grasp patterns as they grow from a baby to a toddler to a child, but it’s important that they develop an efficient grasp. Hence, using broken crayons helps a child to develop the right grasp. This is probably one of the best no-prep fine motor activities!

Pinching Cloth pins

Pinching Cloth-pins is a fool proof way to develop the fine motor skills of your toddler. It helps in strengthening the small muscles of the kid.

Squeezy Ball

Give your toddler a squeeze ball and let him play with it his own way. Squeezing the ball enhances his fine motor skills and make the proccess fun too!(Refer Below video for details)

Inserting Toothpicks in Toilet roll

Inserting of any sort makes the toddlers use their finger strength. This activity also helps in hand-eye coordination.(Refer the below video for details)

Using Scissors

Using Scissors for cutting play dough: Using scissors is a brilliant way to help kids develop multiple skills .Toddlers love to play with play dough and hence combining play dough with scissors works out as a great therapy for their small fingers. Cut paste activities are a awesome way to teach them a whole lots of skill sets.


It’s a great way of fine motor and sensory play. Let the kids get messy and get their creativity out….

Fitting Puzzle pieces

Puzzles are an integral part of a child’s growth. It’s a great cognitive activity to boost the problem solving ability of the child and while fixing the pieces it also helps kids to enhance their fine motor skills. Puzzles are definitely a great tool to help kid acquire multiple skills

Let’s see these super awesome fine motor skills activities in this video:

We have a collection of 100+ Fine and Gross Motor activities for toddlers Please check all the parts here:

1: 10 Fine and Gross Motor Activities

2: Super Fun Yoga Poses for Toddlers

3: Simple Household Chore for Toddlers

4: 15 No-Prep Gross Fine and Gross Motor Activities

7: Indoor Gross Motor Activities

8: 10 Fun Animal Walks for Toddlers

9: Gross Motor Games for Toddlers

10: No-Prep Fine Motor Fun Activities