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25+ Games for Pencil Grasp Development and Fine Motor Tools

25+ Games for Pencil Grasp Development and Fine Motor Tools

Looking for a few games for pencil grasp development? Do you know that feeling when you are searching for something and then you find what you need? How about screaming when it actually works out better than you anticipated?

I LOVE finding a game that allows my children to both learn and develop a few skills at the same time. Recently I turned to Amazon (where would I be without it?) to find a few fine motor games for pencil grasp development.

I cannot stress how important fine motor skills are as it relates to pencil grasp development. If you need a quick refresher then read 5 Tips for Pencil Grasp Development with Preschoolers as well as 5 Fine Motor Activities to Encourage Your Child’s Pencil Grasp.

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Games for Pencil Grasp Development

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  • Fine Motor Set

I have actually lost count of how many times we have used items from the set. We are particularly fond of the handy scooper, the gator grabber as well as the squeezy tweezer.

 Learning Resources Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set, 4 PiecesLearning Resources Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set, 4 Pieces Learning Resources Spike The Fine Motor HedgehogLearning Resources Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog

  • Play Dough

Honestly, play dough is one of the most used items by my kids. In fact, I recently shared a video on my FB page showing that we only had 2 left!! Yup time to stock up again.

 Play-Doh Starter SetPlay-Doh Starter Set Alex Art Wooden Dough Tools SetAlex Art Wooden Dough Tools Set Play-Doh Rollers and Cutters ToyPlay-Doh Rollers and Cutters Toy

  •  Blocks

When these bad boys come out, just know that your kids are working hard on those visual motor skills that are important for learning to write.

 Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks Set – 100 Blocks in 4 Colors and 9 ShapesMelissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks Set - 100 Blocks in 4 Colors and 9 Shapes Melissa & Doug Standard Unit Solid-Wood Building Blocks With Wooden Storage Tray (60 pcs)Melissa & Doug Standard Unit Solid-Wood Building Blocks With Wooden Storage Tray (60 pcs) Cubbie Lee 50 pc Classic Wooden Building Blocks Set w/ Storage Bucket – for 3, 4, 5 Year Preschool Age Kids – Hardwood Colorful Safe Wood Blocks for Boys & Girls – Basic Build & Play Stacking ToyCubbie Lee 50 pc Classic Wooden Building Blocks Set w/ Storage Bucket - for 3, 4, 5 Year Preschool Age Kids - Hardwood Colorful Safe Wood Blocks for Boys & Girls - Basic Build & Play Stacking Toy

  • Stack It, Peg it Game

This game allows your kids to stack pegs or even simply sort by color with the mats. If they love stacking blocks, they will love stacking pegs.

 Stack it Peg Game With Board Occupational Therapy Autism Fine Motor Skills by Fun Express- Single Foam Board and 30 PegsStack it Peg Game With Board Occupational Therapy Autism Fine Motor Skills by Fun Express- Single Foam Board and 30 Pegs Stacking Peg Board Set Toy | JUMBO PACK | Montessori Occupational Therapy Early Learning For Fine Motor Skills, Ideal for Toddlers and Preschooler, Includes 60 Plastic Pegs & 3 Board | With Storage BaStacking Peg Board Set Toy | JUMBO PACK | Montessori Occupational Therapy Early Learning For Fine Motor Skills, Ideal for Toddlers and Preschooler, Includes 60 Plastic Pegs & 3 Board | With Storage Ba

This game will be ideal for when I need to get a quick task done or if the kids need a quick sorting activity during their quiet time. The bugs will also make excellent math counters.

 

 

 

Mini Muffin Match Up- games for pencil grasp development

In addition to fine motor skills development that will help with pencil grasp, these bad boys help your kids to develop:

  • color recognition
  • counting
  • matching

 

 

Wooden Lacing Cards and Life Skills Learn To Dress Boards

Want to work on fine motor while helping your kids work on life skills? These boards allow your kids to zip, snap, lace as well as learn how to button, to buckle and tie.

 Yoovi Early Learning Basic Life Skills Learn to Dress Boards – Zip, Snap, Button, Buckle, Lace & Tie 6 pcs/setYoovi Early Learning Basic Life Skills Learn to Dress Boards - Zip, Snap, Button, Buckle, Lace & Tie 6 pcs/set Melissa & Doug Alphabet Wooden Lacing Cards With Double-Sided Panels and Matching LacesMelissa & Doug Alphabet Wooden Lacing Cards With Double-Sided Panels and Matching Laces Melissa & Doug Lace and Trace Activity Set: 5 Wooden Panels and 5 Matching Laces – PetsMelissa & Doug Lace and Trace Activity Set: 5 Wooden Panels and 5 Matching Laces - Pets

 Classic Peg Puzzles Bundle- games for pencil grasp development

These were a hit with my kids as they were growing up. It works their little fingers and they get immediate satisfaction when they match up the shapes with each space.

 Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Peg Puzzles (Set of 3) – Numbers, Alphabet, and ColorsMelissa & Doug Classic Wooden Peg Puzzles (Set of 3) - Numbers, Alphabet, and Colors Melissa & Doug Animals Wooden Peg Puzzles Set – Farm, Pets, and OceanMelissa & Doug Animals Wooden Peg Puzzles Set - Farm, Pets, and Ocean Melissa & Doug Wooden Peg Puzzles Set – Farm, Safari, and VehiclesMelissa & Doug Wooden Peg Puzzles Set - Farm, Safari, and Vehicles Melissa & Doug Vehicles Wooden Peg Puzzle (8 pcs)Melissa & Doug Vehicles Wooden Peg Puzzle (8 pcs)

 Beads 

Beads and laces are perfect for helping fine motor skills develop. Below you can find a few examples.

 Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads with 30 Beads and 2 lacesMelissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads with 30 Beads and 2 laces RAINBOW TOYFROG Jumbo String Beads with 65 Beads,4 Strings & Lacing Beads Set for Toddlers-Montessori Preschool for Occupational Autism Ot (with Storage Bag)RAINBOW TOYFROG Jumbo String Beads with 65 Beads,4 Strings & Lacing Beads Set for Toddlers-Montessori Preschool for Occupational Autism Ot (with Storage Bag) MinYn Lacing Vehicles Toy Wooden Block Set String & Lacing Bead for Toddlers Kids City Cars Learning Play Set – 16 piecesMinYn Lacing Vehicles Toy Wooden Block Set String & Lacing Bead for Toddlers Kids City Cars Learning Play Set - 16 pieces Melissa & Doug Bead Sequencing SetMelissa & Doug Bead Sequencing Set

Fine Motor Activity Books and Resources

If you want to find a few extra activities as well for more fine motor skills, then try a few of the ones listed in these books.

 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5 (Volume 1)99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5 (Volume 1) 100 Fine Motor Ideas: for Parents, Teachers & Therapists (Volume 2)100 Fine Motor Ideas: for Parents, Teachers & Therapists (Volume 2) SCHOOL ZONE – Preschool Practice Scissors Skills Workbook, Preschool and Kindergarten, Ages 3 through 5, Fine Motor Skills, Hand-Eye CoordinationSCHOOL ZONE - Preschool Practice Scissors Skills Workbook, Preschool and Kindergarten, Ages 3 through 5, Fine Motor Skills, Hand-Eye Coordination Fine Motor Skills, Grades Preschool – K (Basic Beginnings)Fine Motor Skills, Grades Preschool - K (Basic Beginnings) Scissors Skills, Grades PK – 1: Gold Star Edition (Home Workbooks)Scissors Skills, Grades PK - 1: Gold Star Edition (Home Workbooks)

 

Which of these games for pencil grasp development will you be trying with your kids? Comment to let me know!

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Deborah

Monday 26th of April 2021

Thank you for the wonderful ideas for pencil grasp. and fine motor ideas.

Kim Ellis

Friday 20th of September 2019

Great ideas! Do you have more ideas that would help kiddos with Autism?

Onome Okuribido

Wednesday 17th of October 2018

I wish to learn games for developing Pencil Grip

Amy

Friday 22nd of June 2018

What a wealth of helpful information! How do I subscribe?