Everyone loved the Spring Fine Motor Mats and the Winter Fine Motor Mats that I just had to make a Fall version. Fall is the best season of all, right? These fall fine motor mats for LEGO are a great way to work on fine motor skills and just have fun!
Are you loving fall like 75% of the country? It’s an amazing season, I will say that. I enjoy decorating with pumpkins, playing in crunchy leaves and having apple cider in the crockpot which makes my house smell amazing.
Plus adding in the fall themes to our crafts and activities always gets the kids extra excited. We switched our preschool room over to an apple orchard theme last week and the preschoolers are having a blast!
Fall Fine Motor Mats with LEGOs
We try and incorporate as many fine motor activities as we can in our home. That’s why I love LEGOs so much. Regardless of what you do with them, you are strengthening fine motor skills!
Using LEGOs for alphabet, numbers, sight words or other activities means you’re helping children with mastering at least two skills, as well as critical thinking! These Fall Fine Motor Mats for LEGO include a little bit of all of this. How amazing is that??
Fine motor skills are incredibly important. They help strengthen the hand and finger muscles that are critical for eating, zipping a zipper, handwriting, typing and so much more!
These skills as well as sorting, counting, letters, beginning sounds and more are strengthened all while having fun and playing!
Materials Needed For Fall Fine Motor Activity with LEGO
How to prep the Fall fine motor printables for LEGO:
The first thing I do is print, laminate and cut apart the fine motor cards.
Grab your LEGO bricks, dry erase writing utensils and let’s go!
Another option that I found, instead of laminating, that works great for our family is to use dry erase pockets. This allows the activities to be used over and over without using lamination process. Which essential saves money. You can still use these to write with dry erase markers or crayons. You can also set LEGO bricks or other counters on top as well.
I prefer laminating for activities that I know we will use over and over, like this one. This has already been a hit with my daughter and I’ll be sharing it with our preschoolers soon!
Activities that we may use for a shorter period of time, I will just slide them into a dry erase pocket until we are ready to move on. Which saves money and time. You can still use these to write with dry erase markers or crayons. You can also set LEGO bricks or other counters on top as well.
We used a combination of several LEGO Classic sets. The colors that we use in this activity are: Brown, Dark and Light Blue, White, Red, Orange, Black, Yellow, and Grey.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a good chance that you will not have enough of some colors. (Especially the brown and orange bricks.) This is a GREAT opportunity to help your kids use flexible thinking and find out ways to create the pictures with different colors, using multiple small LEGO bricks to replace a larger brick.
How To Play:
Yes, I said play.
While children are strengthening skills and learning, they see it as playing. This is always my goal when creating activities! We have included 10 fall themed fine motor mats total.
The pictures that we have included are:
Apple, Sunflower, Pumpkin, Acorn, Corn, Rake, Leaf, Tree, Mushroom and Basket
Each page highlights the uppercase version for the beginning letter of each word, as well as, listing the word. This is fantastic for letter recognition and beginning sounds. Students can use a dry erase marker or dry erase crayon to trace the letter.
Each page also has a space for children to count each color of bricks and record the answer on the correct line with a dry erase marker. This extends the activity and includes math into a fine motor activity.
You Can Grab The Baseplate We Used Here:
Extend the Activity:
Grab some of our favorite fall books to extend the activity!
You can strengthen fine motor skills even more by putting the LEGO blocks in a big bowl or on a tray. I love to use the vegetable trays from Dollar Tree to sort the colors.
Ask children to search through and pick the color that they need using fine motor tweezers. This helps increase the challenge while also strengthening hand and finger muscles.
Ask the child to count the color of blocks, sorting them, but then add up all of the numbers to see how many blocks were used in total.
Instead of using a dry erase marker or crayon to trace the letter, ask the child to form the letter with play dough or Wikki Stix and place it on the letter.
To increase the building challenge. Ask the child to create the picture with LEGOs beside of the fine motor mat, instead of on top of it.