My kids have always loved playing with LEGO bricks. If you would like proof, just look for tiny pieces under their beds or hidden between couch cushions in the living room. These tiny building bricks are more than just an obstacle you don’t want to step on.

Are LEGO good for fine motor skills? Yes, yes they are!

– Life Over C's Free printable Preschool Fall theme Fine Motor mats for LEGO

Recommended Grade Level:

Lego Fall Fine Motor Mats Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Lego Blocks
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Dry Erase Marker

Everyone loved the Spring Fine Motor Mats and the Winter Fine Motor Mats so much 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!

Learning About Fine Motor Skills:

fine motor activities for preschoolers
FINE VS GROSS MOTOR SKILLS ALLOW CHILDREN TO USE THEIR FINGERS AND HANDS IN SMALL MOTIONS OR PINCHING MOVEMENTS.

It is important for kids to participate in fine motor skill activities, like the LEGO S.T.E.M. activity, in order to strengthen motor development. Children will have better success with tying shoes, cutting paper, and zipping their coats when they practice their fine motor skills through activities.

Using LEGO bricks for letters, numbers, sight words or other activities means you’re helping children with mastering at least two skills. Can we get any better fine motor skills examples than these?! The Fall Fine Motor Mats for LEGO include a little bit of all of this. How amazing is that??

The fine motor development LEGO activity is perfect for a fall theme for preschool. The download includes fall images like:

Apple, Sunflower, Pumpkin, Acorn, Corn, Rake, Leaf, Tree, Mushroom and Basket.

The LEGO activity for kids can be used in a math center, at a LEGO activity table, in a small group, or for individuals.

In addition to practicing fine motor skills for preschoolers, here are more ideas to teach about using the LEGO template printable:

  • Sorting colors
  • Counting
  • Identifying more vs. less
  • Naming letters and letter sounds
  • Occupational therapy
  • Using large muscles and small muscles to create
– Life Over C's Free printable fall fine motor mats for LEGO with a picture of a LEGO apple with beginning sounds and LEGO counting.

This is a great resource! “

My students love building with LEGO bricks and these mats help those that cannot think of what to build. In addition it allows my experienced builders to try out some new things. Thank you for creating such helpful activities!- Berit L.

Why Is It Important For Kids to Use The LEGO Brick Template Printables?

Besides the fact that kids love fine motor toys, there are so many other reasons you should do the LEGO activity printable with your child.

I Know That Letter

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.

I Can Count the Bricks

Each page has a space for children to count the colors 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.

This Color has More

Our LEGO hands-on activity has a section at the bottom to count how many bricks were used in each color. Children write the number and can determine which color is used the most.

I Can Write the Letter

Children are given an opportunity to write or trace the large letter on the printable. Laminating the templates or using dry-erase pockets allows the activities to be used over and over again.

– Life Over C's Free printable fall fine motor mats for LEGO with a picture of a LEGO apple on a clear LEGO baseplate with beginning sounds and LEGO counting.
– Life Over C's Sunflower fine motor mat for LEGO preschool fine motor activity

How To Use The Activity:

Using the LEGO printable:

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.

– Life Over C's LEGO sunflower on a clear baseplate with a free printable fall fine motor activity for preschoolers.

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.

Children will place the LEGO bricks on the template, as well as identify and write the first letter in the matching word.

Extend the Activity:

Sorting Tray

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.

Give it a Squeeze

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.

Total it Up

Ask the child to count the color of blocks then add up all of the numbers to see how many blocks were used in total

How About a Challenge

To increase the building challenge, ask the child to create the picture with LEGO  bricks beside othe fine motor mat, instead of on top of it.

Use Your Hands

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.

Play a Game

Check out this awesome LEGO STEM challenge that your kiddos can use to build problem solving and cognitive skills. What a great engineering challenge!

– Life Over C's Sorting tray with LEGO for fall fine motor mats

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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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13 Comments

    1. It is hard to see from the picture on Amazon, but the base plates that I linked to in the post do include the clear base plate. If you look REALLY closely at the picture, it is behind the other baseplates and blends in with the white background.

    1. It is hard to see from the picture on Amazon, but the base plates that I linked to in the post do include the clear base plate. If you look REALLY closely at the picture, it is behind the other baseplates and blends in with the white background.

  1. I noticed in your “extend the activity” you had some books about pumpkins- Too many Pumpkins and The Roll Away Pumpkin. Are they geared for fall only or do they have a halloween theme (carved pumpkin pictures, halloween decor illustrations) tied in?

    If not, do any of the other books you have shown in the extend the activity incorporate halloween? Thank you, in advance, for your helpful response.

    1. I do not celebrate Halloween, so none of the books that I have suggested mention Halloween directly. Too Many Pumpkins does include carved pumpkins, but does not mention Halloween.

  2. I really love all lego activities and the printable, I wonder where to buy the transparent baseplate? I can only find the colourful one.

    1. The transparent base comes in a set with the baseplates that I linked above in the post. It’s a little hard to see in the picture.