15 Unique Books for Fine Motor Skills

15 Unique Books for Fine Motor Skills

I am honored to have Janine LaTulippe with us today sharing a guest post and giveaway!  I just love Usborne {I am not personally a consultant but use and love the books} and am excited to share with my readers!

Developing a strong grip and hand-eye coordination is so important for a young child. The easier it is for children to control their hands and fingers, the more they can express themselves and learn through art, writing, and play! Here are 15 books to help children gain fine motor skills from a very early age.

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Books for Fine Motor Skills

Practicing pencil grip and writing is one thing, but many of these books offer so much more! Critical thinking, creativity, and many more skills are hidden in the fun activities these books bring to your home.

1. Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Fingertrails PlayBook Your baby will fall in love with this sensory playbook! There are textures and lift-the-flaps, plus bumpy finger-trails and dots that motivate baby to follow the path and develop those fine motor skills even at a very young age (ages 0-2).

Fingertrails Fine Motor Book

 

2. My Farm Animal World This is actually a little box with 9 mini books inside. The box is lined and each book fits in a certain spot and becomes a little puzzle when putting the books away. The little pages make perfect fine motor practice for young children (ages 2-4). My Farm Animal World

3. I Can Draw Animals Even the youngest children can draw with this easy to follow step-by-step drawing book. The results children get from using this book is why it is award-winning and perfect to inspire self directed fine-motor practice.

I can Draw animals

 

4. Lift Out Colors Jigsaw Book This book does 3 things; teaches colors, matching, and fine-motor skills! Each page features jigsaw pieces embedded in the book that reveal surprises underneath (ages 3+)

Lift Out Colors fine motor book

 

 5. Busy Bug Book If you have a reader that doesn’t like to sit still for very long, this is the perfect book for them! It features a pull-back toy that rides along the pages through the story (ages 3+)

 

6. My First Keyboard Book The perfect first introduction to the piano, this book features simple tunes children can play right away without any knowledge of how to play. The tunes are actual recordings of musical pitches and NOT electronic sounds and both the black and white keys work. This book will definitely get those fingers working! (ages 3+)

Keyboard book

 

7. Look Inside a Castle Use those fingers to lift and look under 60 flaps and learn all about castle life. Because of the detailed illustrations, castle lovers will be motivated to look under every one and practice their pincer grip.

look inside castle

 

8. Wipe-Clean Alphabet Children love wiping these activity books clean after practicing their handwriting skills. This alphabet book is unique because the letters are hidden in the playful pictures that begin with that page’s letter so it keeps children’s attention longer than most letter practice pages. (ages 4+)

wipe-clean

 

9. 1001 Things to Spot on the Farm Sticker Book Sticker books promote creative thinking, reasoning, matching and association. Plus, they are great for fine motor skills! This Farm book is also a seek and find, so it’s fun to read even after the stickers are gone. (ages 4+)

Things to Spot on the Farm Sticker Book

 

10. Castles, Build a Picture Sticker Book Let their imagination run wild and feel good about all the fine motor practice they are getting with this Build a Picture Sticker Book all about Castles! (ages 4+) Castles Sticker Book

 

11. First Coloring Book Zoo This coloring book features full color backgrounds so it is easy for young children to complete the picture. It also has stickers for finishing touches. With familiar animals from around the world, this coloring book is a great learning activity. (ages 4+) first coloring book zoo

 

12. My First Color By Numbers This beginners coloring book is perfect for children learning their numbers. It has lots of finish the scene and patterns to reveal using the simple color key. (ages 4+)

color by numbers 

13. My First Big Book of Dot-to-Dots A fun way for kids to practice pencil control, this book is really fun! Complete the scene by connecting 1-10 and drawing the missing picture. Add finishing touches by coloring and placing stickers too! (ages 4+)

first dot-to-dot

 

14. Under the Sea Jigsaw Book This sparkly puzzle books has six 15 piece puzzles embedded into the pages. Each puzzle comes with a special hidden shape within the puzzle and features fun facts about the beautiful sea life. (ages 5+)

under the sea jigsaw

 

15. Fingerprint Activities Everyone loves fingerprint art! This book makes it easy for kids of all ages to make prints and pictures with their fingers.

finger print activities


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Pencil Grip Correction with a Pom Pom

Pencil Grip Correction with a Pom Pom



You may have noticed in many photos on my blog that my daughter has struggled with pencil grip.  I can’t tell you how proactive I have been about this, yet she still has the worst natural grip of all of my kids.  She will hold the pencil with all 4 fingers on her grip along with her thumb.  She writes neatly for her age, but I know her pencil grip needs correction.   I tend to not push it all the time, which is why you often see the uncorrected version in school photos on my blog.  We specifically spend time working on the correct grip, but she defies me and is stubborn.  Because I want her to LOVE LEARNING, I choose not to fight it all during our school time.

Here’s a recent photo showing her uncorrected grip, which she prefers. It has her entire hand on the pencil!

Uncorrected Pencil Grip

 

Here’s a photo of the ONLY intervention we have tried that she has accepted.  I seriously was ready to give up and then suddenly, she accepted the pom pom and even will remind me now. You can see the red pom pom in her hand. Her grip still isn’t picture perfect, but it is so much better!

Pencil Grip Correction with a Pom Pom

I first saw this idea here, on Dr.Jean and Friends blog.  You can read the explanation of how to present this correction there. I have tried everything but somehow I had never seen this before.  I figured it was worth a shot.  Thank goodness I tried it.  She accepted it and likes her new little bucket of pom poms to choose from when we are working on grip.

We are continuing to work and using our pom pom to practice a lot.  She will even use it during school time some now.  Her natural grip hasn’t improved much so far, but we are trying! I pay attention to her when she isn’t thinking about it and noticed she still puts all fingers on the crayon/pencil.

I have more pencil grip articles and ideas pinned on my Preschool at Home Pinterest board.  Scroll down, they are mostly about halfway down on the board right now.