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Top 10 toys for fine motor skill development

Nichole Beaudry strives to capture the wonder, beauty, and whimsy in the small moments with her children. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from The University of Texas and her master’s in English from California State Un...

Perfect toys for small fingers

One of your child's most important and challenging jobs is developing his fine motor skills that he'll need for everything from picking up Cheerios to one day tying his own shoes. Offer up these fun toys and watch him have a great time while quickly mastering those skills!

From birth to age 1

Haba Magica Clutching Toy

Haba Magica clutching toy

This fun toy from Haba will delight your little one. Made in Germany from wood from sustainable forests and colored with non-toxic water-based stain, you’ll feel good about your baby playing with this colorful toy.

Price: $12

Skwish Color Burst

Skwish Color Burst

This colorful web of rods, beads and balls is connected by a flexible cord that allows your baby to squish, stretch and grab to her heart’s content. Your little one will love this eye-catching toy.

Price: $18

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For ages 1-2

P'kolino mini puzzle stacker

P'kolino puzzle stacker

This fun stacking toy helps develop your toddler’s emerging fine motor skills. The easy-to-grip rings stack onto the pole, offering your little one a fun puzzle challenge. Made of rubber wood, this toy is both eco-friendly and durable.

Price: $20

Classic alphabet blocks

Classic alphabet blocks

Each of these classic hand-crafted blocks feature an animal illustration, a number and four letters. Whether stacked to make a tower or laid out in rows, these blocks allow for hours of happy play and fine motor skill practice for your toddler.

Price: $36

For ages 2-3

Haba Rainbow Whirls pegging game

Haba Rainbow Whirls pegging game

Pegs and rings made from sustainable German forests come together in this colorful game. Your little one will love experimenting with colors and patterns.

Price: $31

P'Kolino extra jumbo triangular crayons

P'kolino extra jumbo triangular crayons

Kids and crayons go hand in hand. These simple, vibrant crayons have no fussy paper wrappers, won’t roll away and are perfectly oversized and shaped for toddler hands.

Price: $7

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For ages 3-4

Basic vehicles set

Haba Technics - Basic vehicles set

This fun vehicle set includes 26 uniquely shaped and colored blocks that encourage your preschooler to push his imagination to the limit. This fun set works with other Haba sets, too, so expansion is simple.

Price: $63

Melissa & Doug lacing beads

Melissa & Doug lacing beads

Encourage your preschooler’s creativity with these brightly-colored beads and laces from Melissa & Doug. Planning out their patterns and lacing up the beads will challenge your little one’s mind and hands.

Price: $10

For ages 4-5

Beleduc Your Body-5 layer puzzle

Beleduc Your Body - 5 layer puzzle

Curious kids will love this unique 28-piece puzzle. It is comprised of five layers, each of which features bones, muscles, organs, skin and clothing to complete the little girl. This puzzle earned the Child's Best Toys Of The Year Award.

Price: $22

Creativity For Kids My First Scissors Kit

Creativity For Kids My First Scissors kit

These safe, simple scissors are ergonomically designed for both left and right little hands and offer preschoolers the chance to practice their fine motor skills with simple but fun cutting. This kit includes a glue stick and wiggly eyes too.

Price: $16

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