Building fine-motor skills in young children is important for many reasons. It is an integral part of preschool and early elementary lessons because children need to have good control over their hand muscles in order to perform many tasks required in school lessons such as cutting, writing, coloring, and more.

In my own homeschool, I like to work on these skills in ways that aren’t obvious to my children. I encourage them to cut paper into whatever shapes they desire, to color pictures for family members, to fingerpaint, or use lacing cards. Another way that I help them fine tune these skills is through books. The following titles offer fun ways for children to work on fine-motor skills such as cutting, pasting, pencil grasp, hand eye coordination, and more!

These Usborne Books & More titles are perfect additions to any home where building fine motor skills is a current focus:

Lift Out Colors Book

This cute book not only teaches children about basic colors, but each page has removable die-cut pieces that have surprises underneath!

Mosaic Sticker Animals

This book is so much fun! It comes with over 2000 stickers that children can use to create their own woodland wonderland! There are easy to follow instructions or they can use their own imaginations!

100 Paper Airplanes to Fold and Fly

Yes, that’s right! There are 100 different patterned papers in this book, all designed to be folded into super cool paper airplanes! Instructions and difficulty levels are included.

Build a Town Sticker Book

Use your imagination and over 150 stickers to create your own pictures of your very own town!

Fingerprint Activities

A book that comes with its very own inkpad? Yes, please! Create fun pictures following the examples given on the pages by using just your fingertips!

The Usborne Big Book of Drawing, Doodling, and Coloring

How about 256 pages of pure creative fun? Your child will have something new to do on each page of this massive volume full of doodling, coloring, and drawing activities!

The Usborne Big Maze Book

Practice your maze skills with over 50 different varieties in this activity book.

Decorations to Cut, Fold, and Stick

Tear, cut, paste, fold, and create your own decorations! What child wouldn’t be proud to display his or her very own handmade decor?

Magic Painting Book

All you need to paint fantastic pictures is this book and some water! Dip the brush in a bit of water and swipe across the page and watch the magic!

Big Wipe Clean Activity Book

Here are two dry erase markers and an activity book full of doodles, dot to dots, mazes and more that can be used over and over again! How cool is that?

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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