Fine Motor Feeding Fun

I don't blog about kids activities very often, but... I have kids. We do things! I take photos when I remember that my snazzy phone has a snazzy camera too... why not share some of what we have been up to?!

If my son had his way about it, from sun up to sundown he would wake up and play with his trains, dinosaurs and action figures. He would get a bath some time in the day, and he might want to go to school... only to come home and resume his constant play session on the dining room table. 

I have a knack for butting in and encouraging him to try new things. He is not always happy about it, but some days I can get him engaged in something new that has added benefits like fine motor skill practice.

The last time we visited the pet store my thoughtful kids wanted to get tennis balls for our old dogs. Roo had this idea of playing fetch. So I agreed that they could try to play fetch with the dogs and bought the balls they clamored for.  I had an extra ball and a few minutes of time, so I created a fun fine motor activity for Roo.

I found a box cutter and cut a slit into the tennis ball.

Then I made it fun by adding googly eyes.

I told Roo he needed to feed this dude his lunch, but he was being fussy. I gave him some varying sized pom poms and demonstrated how to get the dude to eat his food.

My son thought that was awesome! He was eager to feed the "dude". 

And there you have it folks. A 90 second (if that) project that combines fun, fine motor and best of all, no batteries or screens!

Roo likes feeding the dude pom poms and I love that he is working with his hands to develop coordination and improve his scissor skills which need practice.

What kind of things do you do with your kids to work on fine motor skills?


  1. super cute idea. Alba would love this

  2. A cute and clever idea. Thanks for the share. enjoy a wonderful weekend.

  3. Great idea! A googly-eyed tennis ball with a smile would be good for my stiff hands, too.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

  4. Great idea! Happy St. Patrick’s Day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  5. How adorable!!!

    My kids are grown and most of my grandkids are older and into nintendo and minecraft (that does use SOME fine motor skills :) ). But we've also enjoyed a wide variety of cutting, pasting, and writing crafts over the years. Every time I come to visit one set, they crow with delight and ask what crafts are we going to work on. And the other set all want to know who gets to play chess first with grandma (grabbing those pieces to move them probably qualifies? ). So yes, we have fun in many ways from high tech to low tech and everywhere in between. And so glad to see y'all are doing the same. The best part - not only are we helping them do great things now - we are creating awesome family memories to delight for decades to come. Have a blessed and beautiful day!

  6. What a great idea! I need to try it! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  7. Very cute and what a great idea. Thank you for sharing it at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings


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