21 Free Finger Gym Activities

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Free Finger Gym Activities

I have rounded up 21 fabulous and free finger gym activities to help develop your child’s fine motor skills. You can do all these fine motor skill activities with items that you already have at home.

What is finger gym?

Finger gym is a program of games, stories, rhymes and activities to improve fine motor skills, language and handwriting.

What are the benefits of finger gym activities?

  • Develops wrist strength
  • Promotes fine motor skills
  • Nurtures the ability to isolate and move each finger independently
  • Fosters spatial awareness
  • Relieves tense finger muscles
  • Cultivates the ability to follow oral instructions
  • Enriches mirroring skills
  • Improves sequential memory
  • Furthers attentive listening and active participation
  • Produces creativity and imagination
  • Lays the building blocks for fast, fluent handwriting
  • Increases vocabulary and improves language skills
  • Encourages self-discipline, increased attention span and memory
  • Builds communication skills
  • Develops hand eye coordination
  • Fosters manual dexterity
  • Strengthens pencil grip

Ideas for Fine Motor Activities for Children

For this fine motor skill activity from Mrs. D’s Corner, you just need marbles, tweezers, golf tees, and Styrofoam.

Photo from Mrs. D’s Corner

This hole punch game from Fun Learning for Kids is super easy, and most kids love playing with a hole punch.

Photo from Fun Learning for Kids

This fine motor activity from Mess for Less is simple, yet brilliant.

Photo from Mess for Less

Let your child play with Play-doh. There are so many things you can do with dough! You can hide things in dough and have your child find them, roll dough into small balls, cut it with scissors, and so many other things.

For firmer dough that strengthens hands even more, you can use Theraputty.

If your kids love playing with dough, you MUST visit The Imagination Tree! Anna has so many creative ideas like this one…

Photo from The Imagination Tree

Dye spaghetti for a fun sensory experience. Have your child make art with the noodles on paper. The slippery noodles make for great fine motor work.

Use water beads for fine motor, sensory play.


Photo from The Teaching Mama

Here is another wonderful idea from The Imagination Tree. This rainbow craft will work your child’s fingers in several different ways, it is beautiful, and will keep your child busy for long enough for you to finish your coffee. I really LOVE this idea!

Photo from The Imagination Tree

Use pool noodles to make this color match game from Learning 4 Kids. Click through the link for the free printable!

Photo from Learning 4 Kids

Spider pick up could be done with any type of dry bean and small object.

Photo from Early Learning Ideas

Kids love playing with locks and keys. This activity will strengthen little fingers and keep little ones busy.

Photo from Montessori Nature

My kids love to play with water droppers, and this activity from Teaching 2 & 3 Year Olds will exercise tiny fingers.

Photo from Teaching 2 & 3 Year Olds

Have your child put stickers on paper; it is so simple, but fun! Thanks How Wee Learn for this great idea!

Photo from How Wee Learn

Pipe cleaners and a strainer are perfect for hand eye coordination.

Photo from Hands On As We Grow

Learn letters while painting with cotton swabs in this activity from Differentiated Kindergarten

Photo from Differentiated Kindergarten

Hammer water beads with this idea from Laly Mom. I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t adore water beads!

Photo from Laly Mom

This is such a cute idea! You could add baby dolls and their clothes for fun pretend play.

Photo from Early Learning Academy

You could use items from around your house to recreate this Finger Gym from Stimulated Learning.

Photo from Stimulated Learning

You could turn this leaf themed finger gym into a nature study by using real leaves from a nature walk.

Make a marble maze from Legos for a great fine motor and STEM activity!

Cross stitching is a great way to develop strong fine motor skills in children. Visit Lots of Loops for more instruction.

Photo from Lots of Loops

Even preschoolers can use a hammer and nails with supervision. This activity develops hand eye coordination, wrist strength, and pincer grip.

Finger gym songs are a great way to build vocabulary and memory while stretching tiny fingers.

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