4th of July Fine Motor Skills Packet for Preschool – 1st Grade Post Preview: Use this free printable packet for children to work on fine motor skills with an Independence Day-theme. Activities include tracing, cutting, coloring, ripping, and more.
Independence Day, or the 4th of July, is coming up very soon! As a matter of fact, it has kind of snuck up on me. To be honest, I have found it hard to maintain good work habits during the pandemic and have been meaning to get this packet posted for a while now. On the upside, there is still plenty of time to use it.
This packet could really be used at any time of year for a patriotic theme. In addition, part of the packet would be perfect for any time during the summer, since it includes counting and a watermelon.
So, I have this brand new 15-page packet full of fine motor skill practice activities for kids. It includes tracing, coloring, drawing, and more.
Plus, the printable 4th of July fine motor skills packet is available for free!
Note: The 4th of July Fine Motor Skills Packet download is available much farther down in the post, so be sure to scroll all the way down to get it.
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4th of July Fine Motor Skills Packet for Preschool – 1st Grade
This printable 4th of July packet for kids is a fun way to work on a variety of fine motor skills. The 15-page packet has cute pictures for kids to color in addition to several types of other fine motor skills.
Each page of the packet has directions for what to do on that page.
What’s included in the 4th of July Fine Motor Skills Printable?
The free printable packet is a 15-page download. It includes:
1. Cover page
3. Star Sizes Activity – Students will color the three stars on the page. They can then trace the lines around the stars, cut out the stars, and then place them in order by size on another piece of paper.
If you prefer, you can also attach the stars that have been cut out onto craft sticks and make star stick puppets. (This suggestion is not on the printed page.)
4. Fourth of July Cut and Glue Patterns Page – Children will figure out what comes next in a set of simple patterns. Kids can then cut out the correct answer from the bottom of the page and glue it in the next spot. This page includes three different patterns. The graphics are stars, flags, and Liberty Bells.
Students can also color the pictures on this pattern page, if they would like to do so.
If your children or students like this type of activity, they might also enjoy the free Cut and Paste Summer Patterns Packet as well.
5. Color and Cut Page – This page features five patriotic pictures that children can color. After they color them, there is a dotted line for cutting out each picture. These pictures could be glued onto another paper or made into stick puppets by using craft sticks.
6. Make a Star! Activity – The directions on this page tell students to cut out the star on the page. They should then rip up pieces of tissue paper and glue it to the star. Then, they can give their star to someone.
This would be perfect with red, white, and blue tissue paper, though you could use any colors that you had on hand.
Of course, like other things they’ve cut out of this packet, I’ll again suggest that you could glue it to a craft stick to make a puppet or wand.
7. Fourth of July Line Tracing (4 pages) – There are four tracing pages in this packet. Each page has patriotic pictures and a variety of types of lines for students to trace. If desired, children can color the pages as well.
If you want to be able to use these pages over and over again, you can color and laminate them before using them. Students would then trace the lines with a dry erase marker.
8. Watermelon Seed Counting Practice Pages (5 pages) – Each of these pages has two watermelon seed counting task cards. However, you can leave them intact on a single page and not cut them out into smaller pages.
On each card, students are shown a picture of a watermelon with the appropriate number of seeds for that card. Students will then draw the same number of seeds in their blank watermelon slice picture.
If you prefer, this is another activity that could be colored and cut ahead of time and laminated for multiple uses. Students would then either use a dry erase marker to draw in their watermelon seeds or manipulatives to place on the card to represent their seeds.
Appropriate Ages for the Fine Motor Skills Packet
While I have specifically mentioned preschool, kindergarten, and first grade as the grade levels for the 4th of July Fine Motor Skills Packet, that is not really the only group of students that this is appropriate for. It’s just the age that will have the largest number of students that it will work for.
You may find that some of the activities in this packet may be appropriate for your older toddler. I would never force a toddler to sit and work on a printable activity, but they might like using crayons or markers on some of the pictures. In addition, they might enjoy the activity that involves ripping paper. However, I would recommend thinner papers for easier tearing.
If you have an older student who would benefit from fine motor skill practice because of delays or disabilities, this packet may also be perfect for them. Of course, you know your child or student best and if this activity will seem too much of a “little kid” activity to them, then I would recommend that you find other more age-appropriate activities to use.
4th of July Extension Activities
You can keep scrolling to get to the 4th of July Fine Motor Skills Packet if you’d like. However, if you’d like some ideas for other Independence Day activities, you might like some of these!
If your children or students love to color and like simple puzzles, they might like these color your own 4th of July puzzle printables.
Another way to use their hands could be to paint on their own hands (and use glitter!) for this sparkly handprint fireworks craft.
No Time for Flash Cards has a great list of patriotic books for kids for the 4th of July to check out.
This set of 4th of July Coloring Pages is cute. Even better – you can download them and print them from home!
Want a fun 4th of July activity? This 4th of July Scavenger Hunt looks like it would be a great family activity!
Many kids love to color or paint on wooden shapes. This set of star wooden shapes would be so much fun to paint for Independence Day!
Make a patriotic sensory bottle with these step-by-step directions!
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Note: During the pandemic, you may share it in a secure Google Classroom only with your students and their parents (or another similar secure online classroom where only your students have access).
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