motor skills

Developing Motor Skills - games to help your child develop Fine Motor Skills

NHS Grampian

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There are lots of commercial games available that will help your child to develop their fine motor skills like control of their whole arm, using two hands together, manipulation, speed and general dexterity.  They may also help with learning about sharing, taking turns, building concentration and attention span.

Enjoy playing family games with your child, or encourage older brothers and sisters or friends to play with younger children to reinforce rules and sharing.

Games for co-ordination and controlbop it

  • Fishing game
  • Bop It and Bop It Extreme
  • Topit
  • Buckaroo
  • Jenga
  • Buzz Off
  • Monkey Business
  • Jacks
  • Tea sets

Construction Games

  • Lego / Lego Technic / Ello
  • K’nex
  • Brio Mechano and train sets
  • Magnetix
  • Marble runs
  • Transformers
  • Junk modelling / model making
  • Jigsaws

Games to encourage scribbling /drawing

  • Etch A Sketch
  • Magna Doodle
  • Aqua Draw

Games for thinking and talking with fine motor skills too

  • Scrabble
  • Guess Who
  • Pictionary

Games for manipulation

  • Operation
  • Bed Bugs
  • Kerplunk/Busy Bees
  • Pop-Up Pirate
  • Wiggly Worms
  • Pick Up Sticks
  • Scoobies
  • Card games
  • Hama Beads
  • Tiddlywinks
  • Hungry Hippos
  • Threading and lacing beads and cards
  • Dressing up dolls
  • Mr and Mrs Potato Head
  • Ludo and Frustration
  • Play-Doh and clay and toys/tools to play with, for example, rolling pin, cutters and pastry wheel
  • Travel versions of games like Draughts and Connect Four
  • Battleship
  • Rubik's Cube
  • Mousetrap
  • Perfection