Riverside Primary Academy | Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills


Fine and gross motor activities are vital to support children’s muscles and writing development. It gives children the strength they need to write when they are ready.


Here are some activities Reception children do in school to support and develop their muscles for writing. You can help your child by doing similar activities at home.


Fine motor activities such as; using play dough, squeezing pegs, pencil control sheets, threading pasta or beads onto string, threading Cheerios onto pipe cleaners or thin sticks, placing small objects like buttons onto a drawn line and writing/ mark making in salt or sugar, will all benefit your child’s muscles and writing skills.

Squeezing Pegs

Writing/Mark making in salt or sugar

Popping Bubble Wrap

Using Play Dough

Using a Hammer