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20 Fine Motor Skills Activities for Kids Using Clothespins on Lalymom.com #KBN #OT #EarlyEd

Think about the way you hold a clothespin and you will instantly see how great they are for fine motor skills activities. They utilize those tiny muscles in the thumb and pointer finger which helps prepare little hands for all sorts of tasks – not the least of which is writing! There are affiliate links for your convenience, just FYI.

Something about the way they open and close is so engaging to my kids, they LOVE playing with clothespins! Here are a few of the SUPER simple ways that we play with clothespins. They are so low-prep that you can set them up in a snap, whether you are trying to get a chore done or sitting in a waiting room.

Clipping Clothespins on a Baby Gate for Fine Motor Skills, part of 20 Fine Motor Skills Activities Using Clothespins on Lalymom.com

Clothespins on a Baby Gate – We have a few different types of baby gates in our house, the metal rod kind and the plastic diamond shape kind are in the play area. I like to find ways to use those gates, like using it to hold our ABC Pocket Chart. Clipping clothespins on them is super simple, and with the metal rod kind of gate the kids can also slide the clothespins up and down the gate.

20 Easy Fine Motor Activities Using Clothespins- Clothespins and Mega Blocks on Lalymom.com

Clothespins and Mega Bloks – Set out some colorful Mega Bloks and some clothespins and show the kids how to clip them on. Bonus points if you have colored clothespins to match the Mega Bloks! We don't, but the regular ones work just as well! Could it get any easier?

Easiest Busy Bag Ever- 20 Fine Motor Skills Activities Using Clothespins on Lalymom.com

Easiest Clothespin Busy Bag EVER – Why YES it CAN get even easier than clothespins and Mega Bloks! Put your clothespins in a zip top bag to store them and when you need something ULTRA quick and easy, show your child how to clip them onto the edge of the bag! Ding! Done!


More Clothespins Fine Motor Skills Activities

Those are just a few SUPER duper simple clothespins ideas but if you want to get a little crafty or creative, you have to check out these clothespins ideas from around the web!

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Activity from Lalymom

Winnie the Pooh Inspired Honey Bee Clothespins Activity from The OT Toolbox

Spring Alphabet Match from Learn Play Imagine

Clothespin Color & Counting Game from Where Imagination Grows

6 Clothespin Activities from No Time for Flash Cards

Clothespin Letter Match Busy Bag from Craftulate (pictured)
Fall Clothespins Activity from Stir the Wonder
Awesome Clothespin Stegosaurus from No Time For Flash Cards
9 Clothespins Busy Bags on JelliBean Journals
Feed the Birds Fine Motor Activity from Powerful Mothering (pictured)
Clothespin Birds from Teach Preschool
Turkey Clothespin Craft from Dirt and Boogers
Pom Pom Game from Simple Play Ideas

Clothespin Flower Color Matching Game from Toddler Approved (pictured)

Dinosaur Clothespin Game with Free Printable from Teaching Mama

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This post is part of the Everyday Fine Motor Materials from A to Z Series hosted by Still Playing School. Head over there to see the rest of the alphabet!

After all the super fun over at Still Playing School, if you are looking for more fine motor skills activities ideas, check out our weekly Fine Motor Fridays series at our Fine Motor Fridays Pinterest Board with over 200 awesome fine motor play ideas, and my personal Fine Motor Pinterest Board with over 600 ideas from around the web!

What are your favorite Clothespin Fine Motor Skills Activities? I'd love to hear about them in the comments!


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  2. I love everything about the website. It has given me so many things to do with my daughter. She will be 1 year old tomorrow. And it has been so much fun doing the activities and arts and crafts with her! !! Thanks so much for sharing

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