There are so many different and inexpensive ways to create activities that work on fine motor skills. I started making toys for my son that involved pushing or dropping items into a small hole or slot when he turned one. The above photo shows one of my sons favorites. I upcycled a shoe box and poked holes into it. The activity is to push the marker into the hole. He loved doing this over and over when he was younger.
The second picture shows another activity to work on fine motor skills. I purchased the plastic paint can and the craft sticks at Michaels craft store. This activity was more of a challenge for my son because he had to hold the craft stick in the correct position to get it into the slot. He enjoyed this activity too because he could watch the colorful sticks collect into the can.
When my son turned two, I wanted to create fine motor activities on a smaller scale that took more concentration and effort to complete. I cut up colorful pipe cleaners for my son to drop into a plastic drink container and into a plastic creamer container. Both have small round openings so these containers worked out perfectly. My son did a great job with these activities as well. I like these toys because it is so easy to just open the containers, dump out the pipe cleaners, and start up again!
It is so simple, quick, and inexpensive to create any of these activities for children. Working on fine motor skills is so important. Besides being important, working on fine motor skills can be so much fun for little explorers too!