Fine Motor Activities

St-Pats Coin Flip

Therapy Corner:

When working on fine motor skills it is important that your child learn how to use both sides of his hand simultaneously and in a coordinated manner. In a nutshell, you want the first 2-3 fingers of the hand (which includes the thumb aka the radial side of the hand) to do the work/movement while the last 2-3 digits of the hand work as stabilizers (aka. ulnar side of the hand). This is an important pre-cursor to a good pencil grasp. Think about it, the first few digits of the hand hold the pencil and move during handwriting activities while the ulnar side of the hand pushes down into the table to stabilize the paper.

With that said, we work on:

Nesting Skills (i.e. picking up small items with fingers and placing them in the palm of the hand)

Retrieving Skills (i.e transferring small items from the palm of the hand to the tip of the fingers)

You Will Need:

  • 3 different colored coins (I used gold, green and purple)
  • 3 containers

The Activity:

Place the 3 containers in front of your child and line up 12 coins of different colors in one single line.


Using the thumb and 2 fingers ask your child to flip each coin.

Then ask your child to pick up all gold coins using one hand (nesting)


and drop them one at a time into one container (retrieving). Then ask him to do the same with green and then purple coins.



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