Building Fine Motor Skills This Christmas

Use this one FREE printable to build fine motor skills this Christmas season.

As educators working in Early Years settings, we all know how important fine motor skills are in early childhood. 

Without good fine motor strength or control, a child cannot hold or use a pencil correctly. And studies now tell us that fine motor strength in preschool is as good a predictor as any of later success in school.

This Christmas holiday season I've created a simple printable to help build fine motor skills through play.

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Christmas Fine Motor Skills Mats - build and strengthen fine motor skills with the help of these Christmas themed printable play mats | you clever monkey

Children love to play. 

This FREE printable provides hands-on activities for young children to build fine motor control and strength whilst learning.

How to use these mats?

For preschoolers, you can simply add playdough. Playdough is perfect for strengthening those small hand muscles. 

Christmas Fine Motor Skills Mats - help build and strengthen fine motor skills with the help of these Christmas themed printable play mats | you clever monkey

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Any type of loose parts are a perfect match for these Christmas mats. 

Add brightly coloured buttons, transparent counters, jingle bells or small beads and invite young children to decorate the Christmas tree or wreath. 

Christmas Fine Motor Skills Mats - help build and strengthen fine motor skills with the help of these Christmas themed printable play mats | you clever monkey


Picking up, holding then placing such manipulatives is excellent for building fine motor skills. An activity like this also helps to build hand-eye co-ordination too.

Christmas Fine Motor Skills Mats - help build and strengthen fine motor skills with the help of these Christmas themed printable play mats | you clever monkey



Add a dice to create a simple counting game!

Just roll the dice then cover the number of dots to match. Play with a partner and race to see who can decorate their tree first.

One mat has 26 dots perfect for adding all the letters of the alphabet to. Decide if you want to build just letter recognition or try match upper to lower case letters. Use stickers with letters written on them to match to those on the tree. Ideal for adding to your literacy centres in kindergarten these Christmas holidays. 

Christmas Fine Motor Skills Mats - help build and strengthen fine motor skills with the help of these Christmas themed printable play mats | you clever monkey

My children love using these fine pipettes and being able to fill each dot without overfilling it with coloured water takes a lot of control and precision.

I'd created a dot mat before to work on controlling the flow from the pipette after noticing that all my lower student academically where also the same ones that could flood their work with water using these pipettes, seemingly unable to make them drip one small drop at a time. 

Christmas Fine Motor Skills Mats - help build and strengthen fine motor skills with the help of these Christmas themed printable play mats | you clever monkey

You can download a FREE copy of these Christmas fine motor mats from here. 


Christmas Fine Motor Skills Mats - help build and strengthen fine motor skills with the help of these Christmas themed printable play mats | you clever monkey

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3 comments

  1. Thank you, this looks like a great activity!

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  2. Do you have one that is white. The color uses to much grey scale. larsonchildcare@msn.com

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  3. Thank you for your generosity. I work with adults with dementia. I can't wait to introduce these. Again, thanks!

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