Fine Motor Skills Materials from Kaplan

Fine motor activities encourage the development of eye-hand coordination and help children practice the skills required to handle or manipulate small objects with their fingers. Appropriate materials for fine motor activities for infants and toddlers are those that generally match their developing skill levels and are challenging but not frustrating. Examples of appropriate materials for fine motor activities for infants from Kaplan Early Learning include rattles, stacking and sorting rings, teething toys, lacing shapes, manipulatives sets, and big, chunky blocks. For preschool fine motor activities, Kaplan offers bead mazes, links, lacing toys, finger paints, puzzles with knobs and large pieces, and sets of manipulatives with large pieces such as links, interlocking stars and large beads.

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