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20 December Fine Motor Activities for Morning Tubs

Every year, I say that the number of students lacking fine motor skills continues to grow. Some of this I attribute to the increased use of technology. Our little learners are spending less and less time holding a pencil, coloring with crayons and cutting with scissors. And, they are spending more and more time swiping the screen with their fingers. These December fine motor activities work well for morning work, fine motor tubs or math and literacy centers. Plus, I’ve included a FREE fine motor sorting activity perfect for your math rotations!

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December Fine Motor Activities

I, personally, like to begin each day with fine motor morning tubs. This is a great time to sneak in a little extra fine motor practice!

Plus, I can easily tame the morning chaos…

So that I can focus on the daily morning tasks of taking lunch count and attendance, answering parent questions, collecting notes, comforting students… you know all those many hats we wear as soon as the school bell rings!

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

Switching from paper and pencil morning work to these fine motor tubs has been a total game changer in terms of engagement!

When the kiddos come into the classroom in the morning, they know to make their lunch choice and to get started on their fine motor morning tub.

They love these hands-on activities! Little do they know they are also practicing letters, sounds, rhyming, CVC words, number recognition, counting, addition, subtraction, subitizing, and so much more!

December Fine Motor Activities for Counting and Number Sense

1. Counting Tree

Small objects, like jingle bells, mini snowflakes, holiday pom poms, mini erasers, are great for strengthening pincer grasp.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

2. Sticker Tree

Peeling stickers is another great way to practice precise pincer grasp. Use dot stickers, or any other kind of stickers, as ornaments on the tree for this activity.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

3. Candy Cane Count

Although paperclips can be a bit tricky for young children, they are a fantastic fine motor tool to add to your collection. Students can use the paperclips to make the correct number of stripes on each candy cane.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

4. Trim the Tree

Rolling, pinching and stretching Play-Doh to make ornaments and trim the tree is another way to improve fine motor development.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

5. Orderly Ornaments

Use mini clothespins to help strengthen little fingers, as they squeeze and clip the ornaments in numerical order.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

6. Button Count

Picking up and placing small buttons on the gingerbread man requires a great deal of fine motor control.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

December Fine Motor Activities for Patterns and Shapes

7. Ornament Patterns

Create and extend patterns using pom poms and Gator Grabber Tweezers. Squeezing tweezers helps strengthen finger muscles needed for proper pencil grip and scissor cutting.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

8. Pattern Block Pictures

Pattern Blocks are an excellent tool for building visual-spatial relationships and eye-hand coordination, which are both an important part of building fine motor skills.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

December Fine Motor Activities for Addition

9. Holiday Addition

Unifix Cubes can be used as presents under the tree, as students practice addition skills and fine motor control.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

10. Button Bonds

Another way to practice addition and promote fine motor development is by using small buttons to create each number bond.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

December Fine Motor Activities for CVC Words

11. String the CVC Lights

Chain Links are a wonderful tool to help strengthen little hands and fingers. Students can build CVC words by linking the letters together.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

12. CVC Trees

Students can also practice building fine motor skills and identifying middle sounds by clipping the correct vowel on the tree.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

December Fine Motor Activities for the Alphabet

13. Stocking Stuffers

Use mini clothespins to squeeze and clip the beginning or ending sound.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

14. Tree Trunk Alphabet

Write letters on clothespins, and have the students match upper and lowercase letters.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

15. Alphabet Train

Use chain links for building fine motor development, as students link the letters together to make an “alphabet train.”

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

16. Sound Sacks

Chain links can also be used to help Santa sort the gifts.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

December Fine Motor Activities for High Frequency Words

17. Colorful Lights

Practice color words by squeezing and placing the correct color pom pom (or button) on each light. If you do not have tweezers, clothespins also work well for strengthening finger muscles.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

18. Popsicle Stick Pictures

Use fine motor control to place the colored craft sticks on the pictures, trace the words and read the sentence.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

19. Scrambled Stockings

Students can unscramble each word by hanging the stockings on a piece of string or jute twine.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

December Fine Motor Activities for Syllables

20. Santa’s Dough Shop

Practice counting syllables, as students roll and smash Play-Doh.

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

More Fine Motor Activities

Don’t forget to grab this FREE “Sort the Lights” fine motor activity at the end of this post!

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math centers or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities! Students get to work on beginning sounds, ending sounds, CVC words with the Christmas literacy activities. They also get to work on addition, counting, & number sense with the Christmas math activities.

Use these holiday play dough mats during your classroom holiday party to help improve fine motor control!

Continue to strengthen those fine motor skills during the holiday season with these FREE “Feed the Reindeer” fine motor activities!

Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math centers or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities! Students get to work on beginning sounds, ending sounds, CVC words with the Christmas literacy activities. They also get to work on addition, counting, & number sense with the Christmas math activities.

Plus, your students will enjoy these fine motor activities for the 100th Day of School!

Celebrate the 100th Day of School with these engaging fine motor activities for kids! Your kiddos are sure to have a blast with these 100th Day of School activities on the 100th Day of Kindergarten!

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Strengthen fine motor skills with fine motor morning tubs! These 20 December fine motor activities also work well for math or literacy centers and use common Preschool and Kindergarten classroom supplies. Make your mornings a little less hectic with these Christmas fine motor activities!

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Ashley Sharp

As a dedicated Kindergarten teacher for nearly 20 years, I believe the words “fun, play, and creativity” can sit right alongside the words “developmentally appropriate, engaging, and rigorous.” Learning is meant to be fun and messy!

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2 responses to “20 December Fine Motor Activities for Morning Tubs”

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    Sue Carter

    I LOVE these activities! I’m going to purchase them! Thank you for creating these activities!

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      Ashley

      Thank you so much, Sue! I’m so glad you enjoy these fine motor activities!