20+ Winter Fine Motor Activities to Do with Your Kids

Winters ❄️ are cold and lazy; they don’t really make us want to do anything, especially if you have a kid 🧒 in your house. 

However, for the crucial development of a child, it is very important to keep them occupied in fine motor activities, especially in the winter season. 

With my experience as a parent, I have come to understand the huge role of these activities as it has helped my child in various aspects of handwriting 🖊️, hand strength ✊, cutting with scissors ✂️, and pencil grasp 📝. 

Hence, today, I will be unfolding some easy yet very efficient water fine motor activities. 

Interesting Winter Fine Motor Activities for Kids

Teach your child some fine motor skills by also making yours as well as theirs’ winters interesting.

These activities will help your child in brain development, coordination, independence, creativity, and self-care. 

Beaded Snowflake

Winters aren’t winters without snowflakes ❄️. You can make the whole idea of snowflakes a little more interesting by adding some beads to it.

Moreover, I also have realized that his activity can further be used to make kids learn counting, making patterns with quantity & colors, etc.

Materials you’d need for this activity: 

Colorful beads 📿, scissors ✂️, and pipe cleaners. 

Steps: 

  • Firstly, you need to ensure the pipe cleaners are halved, and to make one snowflake; you would need three halves of pipe cleaners. 
  • Next, you need to take a half pipe cleaner and fold it in half. 
  • Then, you need to take the second half of the pipe cleaner and join it on the bend of the 1st half of the pipe cleaner in a diagonal direction. 
  • Lastly, take the third half of the pipe cleaner and join it on the bend of the 1st half of the pipe cleaner in the opposite diagonal direction. 
  • Now, all you need to do is to let children add beads to it. 

Marshmallow Letter

We all know that marshmallows are yummy! But did you know that you can utilize them in a fine motor activity? For me, this is my favorite activity, and my kids love it so much!

This activity makes it easier for the children to learn spellings. You can use this activity to make your kid learn people’s names, fruit names, alphabets, etc. 

Materials you’d need for this activity: 

Any paper 📜 of any measurement, but make sure it is big enough. Glue, Marshmallows ◻️ , and crayons 🖍️

Steps: 

  1. Firstly, you need to get a big piece of paper and form any spelling on the paper (that you want to teach your child) with the help of a crayon. 
  2. Then, hand it to your child for them to put glue on the spelling formed by you with crayons. 
  3. Once the glue is applied, all your kid has to do is stick marshmallows on the letters made through crayons.  

Pro tip: If you do not have marshmallows, then here is what I use instead: Cotton balls or beads. 

Snowman 

Winters are incomplete without snowmen ☃️ and, of course! Kids love the snowman, and thus, I have brought to you an incredible winter fine motor activity that involves a snowman and will not only keep your kid occupied but also help in his development. 

Materials you’d need for this activity: 

A plastic bottle 🍼, puffy balls, buttons, sock 🧦, a cup 🥤, googly eyes 👀, a small scarf. 

Steps: 

  • First, you have to fill the plastic bottle with the puffy balls to give it a real snowman look. 
  • Then, you need to put a sock 🧦 in a cup 🥤 so it forms the shape of the cup. Then, you need to apply glue so that the sock holds the shape of the cup. This cup sock would be pasted on the top of the bottle to make it look like a snowman’s hat. 
  • Then, you need to paste the eyes and the buttons to form its lips and nose. 
  • Lastly, you need to take a very little scarf and keep it around the bottle. 

What’s in the snow? 

It is one of the easiest activities that is very interesting for the kids. My kids personally love this activity! This activity involves removing snow from a piece of paper that has pictures of different animals, fruits, vegetables, etc.

You can choose to put pictures of anything you want on a piece of paper and cover it with anything that mimics snow. 

Materials you’d need for this activity: 

Paper 📜 with printed pictures of anything you want to teach your kids about, paintbrush 🖌️, and salt 🧂. 

Steps: 

  • First, you need to print pictures on paper. The pictures could be of anything, such as animals, fruits, vegetables, etc. – basically, anything you want your kids to know about. 
  • Then, you need to cover this paper with salt – to make it look like snow. 
  • Then, you need to hand over a brush to your child for him to remove the snow and tell you what’s underneath the snow. 

Pro tip: If you do not have salt available with you, you can also make use of flour. 

Playdough Snowman

Playing with dough is one of a child’s favorite things. What if I tell you that you can utilize flour to make your child creative and teach him some fine motor activities?

With a playdough, you can create a 3D or 2D snowman. All you have to do is make some playdough for your kids. 

Materials you’d need for this activity: 

Playdough, twigs 🌴, buttons or black beads, and orange pipe cleaner. 

Steps: 

  • First, you need to make three balls of three different sizes from the play dough. 
  • Then, you need to place the largest ball at the bottom, the medium ball above the largest ball, and the smallest ball at the top. This will make the structure look like a snowman.
  • Then, you need to place two twigs on the left and right side of the snowman to make it look like a snowman’s hands. 
  • With the help of some black beads/beans or buttons, you can make the snowman’s eyes and smile. 
  • The orange pipe cleaner will be used to make its snow. 

Pro tip: When I can not make a playdough, I love to utilize clay as an alternative option. 

Ice cube tray 

This is one of the easiest winter fine motor activities that your children would love because mine do, too. This activity teaches your children counting and sorting. One of the best parts of this activity is that it requires only three things and can be played anytime. 

Materials you’d need for this activity: 

Marshmallows or cotton balls, a bowl, an ice cube tray, and a tweezer (optional). 

Steps: 

  • Firstly, you need to put marshmallows or cotton balls in a big bowl, depending on the size of your ice cube tray. 
  • Then, you have to let your kids put 2-3 marshmallows or cotton balls in each ice cube space. 
  • Your child would take the marshmallows from the bowl either with his hands or with the help of a tweezer, count them, and place them in an ice cube space, which will teach him sorting. 

Snowflake and Sticky wall

Ah! My favorite activity. This is one of the best winter ❄️ fine motor activities, and I have come to realize that this activity would allow your child to learn how to use scissors ✂️ and put glue on paper. 

Materials you’d need for this activity: 

A char paper or A3 size sheet 🧻, some blue colored paper (you can use three different shades of blue color to make it look realistic), glue, and scissors ✂️.

Steps: 

  • First, you need to draw a big snowflake ❄ ️ on paper. 
  • Then, ensure you have blue-colored paper. If you have, then use three different shades of blue to give it a realistic effect. 
  • Then, allow your children to cut the blue paper into small squares with the help of scissors ✂️. 
  • Then, all your children have to do is apply glue on the squares and paste them on the snowflake that you drew on the paper. 

Q-tip snowflake

Have you ever tried making snowflakes with the help of cotton buds? Let me tell you that it is very easy and creative. One of the best uses of this activity is that you can paste the snowflakes onto the wall. 

Materials you’d need for this activity:

Cotton buds, blu tack, and scissors ✂️.

Steps: 

  • Firstly, you need to cut three Q-tips in halves. 
  • Then, you need to make a blu tack ball small in size. 
  • Lastly, you need to attach the half cotton buds in the shape of a snowflake on the blu tack ball. 

Pro tip: If you do not have a blu tack available, then you can also make use of playdough cause that is what I do! 😉

Marshmallow snowflake 

I have brought to you another very interesting winter motor fine activity, which includes nothing but marshmallows and toothpicks. My kids seem to love this activity very much, and I am so sure so will yours. So let’s get started. 

Materials you’d need for this activity:

Marshmallows, toothpicks, and snowflake prints. 

Steps: 

  • Firstly, you need to get some snowflakes ❄ ️ printed on paper and hand it over to your kids. 
  • Then, you need to tell them that the lines represent toothpicks and the dots represent marshmallows. 
  • This way, they can make the entire snowflake with the help of toothpicks and marshmallows and can follow the design as per the printable snowflake. 

Snowflake cutouts 

My kids are big fans of punching machines, and I managed to make them useful in the winter fine motor activity. This activity primarily involved punching holes in the snowflake printables, which teaches your kids how to use a punching machine correctly. Isn’t that great? 

Materials you’d need for this activity:

A printable of snowflakes, punching machines, and scissors. 

Steps: 

  • Firstly, you need to print some snowflakes on a piece of paper with some holes for your kids to punch. 
  • Then, with the help of scissors, your kids would have to take scissors and cut the snowflakes in a circle shape from the paper. 
  • Lastly, all your kids have to do is punch holes and make their designs. 

Snowflakes stickers 

Months ago, I was looking for a motor activity that would help my kids learn alphabet and word formation, and I found such a great winter fine motor activity. All you need is some snowflake stickers ❄️. 

Materials you’d need for this activity:

Paper, snowflake stickers, and a pen. 

Steps: 

  • Firstly, you need to make alphabets or words in the form of circles on a piece of paper. 
  • Then, hand your kids some snowflake stickers, tell them to place them on the circles, and teach them the alphabet or spelling of some words. 

Sorting snowballs 

This must be the easiest activity that teaches a lot to the kids. It works by sorting different sizes of snowballs, helps in brain development, and teaches them how to sort different yet similar things. I recommend this activity to all. 

Materials you’d need for this activity:

Puffy balls/cotton balls of three sizes, containers of different sizes with labels on them as (small, medium, and large). 

Steps: 

  • Firstly, you need to have cotton or puffy balls in three different sizes, possibly small, medium, and large.
  • Then, you need three containers of different sizes, preferably with labels on them as (small, medium, and large)
  • Now, let the kids sort the balls as small, medium, and large and put them in the containers based on their sizes. 

Pro tip: When I do not have puffy balls, then I use snowflakes of different sizes for my kids to sort them. 

Marshmallows and Snowman

This is yet another of my favorite winter fine motor activities that my kids also love very much. This activity typically involves making a snowman out of marshmallows. But don’t worry! It isn’t a 3D snowman! 😉

Materials you’d need for this activity:

Paper, some colored pens, glue, and marshmallows. 

Steps: 

  • First things first, you need to draw a snowman on paper. 
  • Now, you have to give your kids some marshmallows for them to paste on the boundaries of the snowman with the help of glue. 

Winter Village 

This is not only one of the easiest activities but also one of the most beautiful activities. It involves making a whole winter village covered in snow, which may seem difficult to do, but it is very easy. 

Materials you’d need for this activity:

Toothpicks, Styrofoam, Paper, Colored pens, and Scissors. 

Steps: 

  • First, you need to draw some trees, huts, winter animals, and some mountains on a piece of paper and color them. 
  • Next, you need to cut them into their shapes with the help of a scissor. 
  • Now, you need to attach a toothpick to the back of the cuttings. 
  • Lastly, you need to stick the toothpicks in the styrofoam in whichever design you like, and tadaa ✨! You have made a winter village with trees, mountains, huts, and animals. 

Snowflake necklace 

So you have a girl child, and you have not tried a snowflake necklace in the winter?? 🤦 This activity is perfect for everyone; your boychild could make this to gift it to his female friends, and well, girls can make it for themselves, haha! 

Materials you’d need for this activity:

Scrapbook paper, punching machine, strings 🧵, snowflake stickers ❄️ , scissors, and beads 📿. 

Steps: 

  • Firstly, you need to grab scrapbook paper, make small-sized circles, and then cut them with the help of scissors. My kids prefer to use silver scrapbook paper. 
  • Then, you need to paste snowflake stickers onto the circles. 
  • Now, you need to make a small hole at the boundary of the snowflake with the help of a punching machine. This hole would be used to tie a string around it. 
  • After the string has been attached, all you have to do is add beads to it. And today ✨!! You have got a very beautiful snowflake necklace 📿. 

Pro tip: With my kids, I like to use colorful beads instead of using the same color, as it makes the necklace more beautiful. 

Snowflake plate twirler 

My kids love making twirlers, and they make great decorations, especially in the winter seasons. Today, I will tell you how you can make a snowflake twirler from a paper plate, which will enhance your child’s motor skills, making him learn how to use scissors ✂️. 

Materials you’d need for this activity:

Paper plate 🍽️, paint 🎨, snowflake stickers ❄️, paintbrush 🖌️, scissors ✂️, hole puncher and twine. 

Steps: 

  • Firstly, you need to take a paper plate and color it with any color with the help of a brush. My kids prefer to color it blue as it matches the snowflake stickers. 
  • Then, you need to start cutting the paper plate from outside towards an inward direction and ensuring you are turning the plate as you are cutting. 
  • It should be noted that you are not cutting the entire plate, especially not the middle area, as this is the place where you will be attaching the twine with the help of a hole puncher. 
  • Lastly, you just need to apply some snowflake stickers to make it look beautiful. 

Hammering ice

This is another winter motor fine activity that allows your kid to understand when and how to apply force.

But don’t worry! We would not be using real ice in this activity but styrofoam balls. I love this activity cause I have realized that this is a great activity for enhancing motor skills. 

Materials you’d need for this activity:

Styrofoam balls, golf tees, and toy hammers. 

Steps: 

  • Firstly, you need to grab a styrofoam ball and some golf tees. 
  • Lastly, all you need is a toy hammer and punch the golf tees into the styrofoam ball. 

Pro tip: If you think your child is old enough to use a real hammer, then you can also use a real hammer. But I prefer to make them use a toy hammer, especially if it’s their first time. 

Winter cutting practice

If your winters have been lazy, and you don’t feel like doing anything, then this activity is a must for you. This activity requires nothing special but teaches your kid some valuable motor skills. 

Materials you’d need for this activity:

Some cotton balls, styrofoam, pipe cleaners, and scissors. 

Steps: 

  • All you have to do is teach your kid how to effectively use scissors. For this purpose, you can teach them to run scissors through some cotton balls, pipe cleaners, and styrofoam. 

Pro tip: If you do not have anything mentioned above, then you can also simply use paper to teach your kids how to use scissors. 

DIY snowflake lacing card

If you want to teach your child some sewing skills, then this activity is possibly the best activity for that. It helps develop not only motor skills but also visual perceptual skills. 

Materials you’d need for this activity:

Hole puncher, paper plate 🍽️, scissors ✂️, paintbrushes 🖌️, paint 🎨, and string 🧵. 

Steps: 

  • Firstly, you need to grab a paper plate and color it with any color of your choice. I prefer blue as it gives snowflake vibes. 
  • Now is the time for a hole puncher. You need to start by making a hole at the center of the plate, 6 holes at the outer circle of the plate, and six holes at the inner circle of the plate. 
  • This way, you will get the shape of a snowflake.
  • To make things easier, you can draw the line in between the holes to form a snowflake. 
  • Now, all you have to do is take a long string and run it through the holes to make a snowflake and tadaa ✨! Your lacing card is ready. 

Pro tip: If you do not have a string available, then you can also make use of a shoelace. 

Sewing mittens 

This is another winter motor fine activity that would enhance your child’s sewing skills, and the result would be a perfect Christmas decoration. I started to teach my kids how to sew with this activity only, and you can try doing that as well. 🧵

Materials you’d need for this activity:

Hole puncher, cardboard, yarn/string, a marker, scissors, and craft felt. 

Steps: 

  • First, draw the shape of a mitten onto cardboard and cut it out. 
  • This will act as a template, and you can cut this mitten shape on craft felt. 
  • Make sure to get two pieces of this mitten of craft felt. 
  • Now, you have to make holes in the boundary of these two mittens with the help of a hole puncher. 
  • Lastly, all you have to do is take a string or yarn and sew the two mittens together through the holes. 

Summing up

People often get lazy 🥱in the winter ❄️, especially in winter. But do not let this season keep you away from teaching your kids some valuable motor skills and helping them in their development. 

Thus, I have done my best to bring to you my best winter motor fine activities. Hopefully, you would like them and teach your kids motor skills with a hint of your taste 😉

Feel free to write in comments about the activity most liked by your kids ♥️

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