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Engaging Clothespin Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers

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Inside: We know Clothespin Fine Motor Activities are important for developing brains, but how do you even start? Find out inside!

If you are looking for a way to help your preschooler develop fine motor skills, clothespins are an amazing place to start. These little tools can be used to work on a variety of skills, such as grasping, pinching, and hand-eye coordination.

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Clothespins are awesome for fine motor practice because they're easily accessible (buy a ton for just a few dollars, check them out on Amazon, by clicking here there are also rainbow colored, here!). They're not just for putting clothes on the line anymore–although that's a great idea for fine motor skills too–you can use them to talk about colors, numbers, letters, shapes . . . the possibilities are endless.

I have found parents really love the ease of using clothespins in their preschooler's education because of this.

Clothespin Fine Motor Activities

There are so many ways you can incorporate clothespins into your everyday life with small children. Here is a fun way to use clothespins to create DIY paintbrushes for little hands. I love this one because it's offering new and unique textures that kids might not expect. The possibilities are endless with this craft, and I love it!

Dinosaur Color Matching Clothespin Activity – This one was easy peasy, I just took some wooden shapes from the craft store and painted them. For the dinosaurs, I painted them one color and added spots. I used both colors to paint a clothespin also, so my kids can match the colors to the dinosaurs while still working on their fine motor skills.

Here are a few other things you can do to practice fine motor skills with your child.

Button their own shirt or pants
Pinching play dough
Using a clothespin to pick up a small object like a pompom
Write the letters of your child's name on clothespins and let them clip their name onto an index card or paper plate
Clip cards

My very favorite way is with clip cards. These are easy to find and can be customized for any holiday, season or theme. They're easy to master, and there are so many different ways to use them. I have a list below you'll be able to find all the clip cards and clothespin activities I can find, have a look!

Clothespin Activity Benefits

Good fine motor skills are important for a preschooler because they are essential for learning how to write, dress themselves, and use tools. Fine motor skills involve the small muscles in the hands and fingers, and practicing these skills help children become more coordinated.

Pincer Grasp: Using clothespins by pinching them between your thumb and index finger is a very powerful activity for your fine motor skills. Click here for all the information you need to know about pincer grasp activities for preschoolers!

Hand-Eye Coordination: A vitally important skill for everyone! You need this to do things like pick up objects you've dropped or put clothes on a hanger.

Strengthening Hand Muscles: You'll see a lot of this with any project that requires squeezing, grasping or stirring. It's a great way for kids to work out those tiny hand muscles while still playing and having fun.

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Preschool Clip Cards

The thing I love most about clip cards (besides how easy they are to print and use quickly) is the ability to combine holidays, seasons, or really any theme in the real world with hands-on math.

Once you show kids how to do clip cards, it opens up their world to more and different themes for these clip cards. I love them as an educational tool, and I know you will too. Here are my best card sets.

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