What are Fine Motor Skills (and why are they important) for Young Kids?

Fine motor skills involve the use of small muscles in the hand, the fingers, and the thumb. When a child is offered opportunities, through play, to engage and develop tiny hands, other developmental tasks such as coloring, drawing, zippering, writing, and basic self-care can be completed independently as the child grows. Wikki Stix is a wonderful toy and tool for encouraging fine motor skills through play. Your own kids won’t even realize they are working small muscles as they play to develop fine motor dexterity and strength.

What are Fine Motor Skills?

5 Ways to Encourage Fine Motor Skills with Wikki Stix:

Threading with Wikki Stix

Materials needed:

  • One empty cardboard tube roll
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Wikki Stix (any colors)

Directions:

  1. Cut a cardboard tube in half and hole punch randomly around the both tubes.
  2. Make an eye appealing invitation to play by setting the cardboard tube (already hole-punched) and assorted colors of Wikki Stix out on a table or tray for your kids. Kids are naturally drawn to explore new play items and will begin engaging in the activity with little adult guidance.
  3. Show your kids how to thread Wikki Stix through the cardboard tube. Kids will begin playing independently threading their own Wikki Stix through the holes.

Stringing with Wikki Stix

Materials needed:

  • Cardboard, Paper Plate, or an old Greeting Card
  • Scissors
  • Super Wikki Stix (any colors)

Directions:

  1. Hole punch around the edge of a piece of cardboard, a paper plate, or an old greeting card.
  2. Make an invitation to play by placing the cardboard pieces and Wikki Stix out on a table or tray.
  3. Tie a knot in one end of the Super Wikki Stix.
  4. Demonstrate how to string the holes with a sewing technique (push the Wikki Stix up from the bottom hole and then push down and through another hole).
  5. As kids master the art of stringing, they can create fun string art projects with Wikki Stix.

Wrapping and Unwrapping Wikki Stix

  • Cardboard (empty cereal boxes work well)
  • Super Wikki Stix (any colors)

Directions:

  1. Cut a rectangle from an empty cereal box and make an invitation to play with Wikki Stix on a tray or table.
  2. Encourage kids to wrap Super Wikki Stix around the rectangle until they reach then end.
  3. As kids finish, encourage them to unwrap the Wikki Stix from the rectangle. The activity seems so simple, but it’s challenging for young kids to manipulate the Wikki Stix over and around the cardboard rectangle.
  4. If desired, cut out slots in two opposite edges of the cardboard rectangle. Kids can then wrap Wikki Stix around the cardboard and place the Wikki Stix inside the notches (see photo). Try the Super Wikki Stix math wraps, to encourage basic math and fine motor skills through play.

Making Wikki Stix Pinwheels

  • Wikki Stix (any colors)
  • Scissors (if desired)

Directions:

  1. Make an invitation to play by placing assorted colors of Wikki Stix out on a table or a tray with the scissors.
  2. Kids can start at one end of a Wikki Stix and tightly wrap the Wikki Stix around itself until a spiral or pinwheel shape is formed.
  3. Once kids learn to form a basic Wikki Stix pinwheel, there are many creative projects kids can make.

Forming Balls with Wikki Stix

Materials needed:

  • Wikki Stix (any colors)

Directions:

  1. Make an invitation to play by placing assorted colors of Wikki Stix out on a table or a tray.
  2. Kids should gather one Wikki Stix and form into a ball with their fingers and hand.
  3. Kids can then keep adding additional Wikki Stix around the initial ball shape until they have the size of ball desired.
  4. Once kids learn how to create a ball, they can create a baseball, basketball, or even try to make layers of the earth.

Encourage your own kids to develop fine motor skills through play with Wikki Stix. By offering simple play ideas daily, young kids will gain the dexterity and strength to complete other important tasks with ease as they grow.

For more ways to play and encourage fine motor skills in young kids, please visit:

Build a Parachute with a fun Wikki Stix Challenge

Create Minions Stick Puppets for Pretend Play

Learn Basic Patterns with Wikki Stix and a Free Printable

Create a Picture Journal with Wikki Stix

Threading with Wikki Stix to Encourage Fine Motor Skills

Threading with Wikki Stix

Stringing with Wikki Stix

Stringing with Wikki Stix

Wrapping and Unwrapping Wikki Stix

Wrapping and Unwrapping Wikki Stix

Wikki Stix Pinwheels

Wikki Stix Pinwheels

Forming Balls with Wikki Stix

Forming Balls with Wikki Stix

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