Back to School Fine Motor Skills Packet for Preschool – 1st Grade Post Preview: Use this free printable packet for children to work on fine motor skills with a theme. Activities include tracing, cutting, coloring, ripping, and more.
This year is a very weird one for back to school, isn’t it? Even for kids that are going back in person, back to school still means some very new things. Who would have guessed a year ago that face masks, hand sanitizer, and a full water bottle would be essential backpack additions each day?
I have a new 15-page packet full of fine motor skill practice activities for kids. It includes tracing, coloring, drawing, and more. (You might remember the 4th of July fine motor skills packet from earlier this summer.)
This packet could really be used at any time of year for a school theme. In addition, part of the packet would be perfect for any time during the fall, since it includes counting, apples, and apple trees. Not that apples are only a fall thing, but you know – apples just scream fall to me.
Plus, the printable back to school fine motor skills packet is available for free!
Note: The Back to School Motor Skills Packet download is available much farther down in the post, so be sure to scroll all the way down to get it.
Back to School Fine Motor Skills Packet for Preschool – 1st Grade
This printable school-themed 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 Back to School Fine Motor Skills Printable?
Bus Sizes Activity
Students will color the three buses on the page. They can then trace the lines around the buses, cut out the buses, and then place them in order by size on another piece of paper.
If you prefer, you can also attach the buses that have been cut out onto craft sticks and make bus stick puppets. (This suggestion is not on the printed page.)
School-themed 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 schoolhouses, backpacks, and pencils.
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 Fall Patterns Packet as well.
Color and Cut Page
This page features five school-themed 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.
Pictures included: apple, crayons, pencil, book, glue
Make an Apple Activity
The directions on this page tell students to cut out the apple on the page. They should then rip up pieces of tissue paper and glue it to the apple. Then, they can give their apple to someone.
This would be perfect with red, green, or yellow 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, for storytelling, or for songs.
School-themed Line Tracing (4 pages)
There are four tracing pages in this packet. Each page has school-themed 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.
Apple Tree Counting Practice Pages (5 pages)
Each of these pages has two apple tree counting task cards. However, you can leave them intact on a single page and not cut them out into smaller pages, if you prefer.
On each card, students are shown a picture of an apple tree with the appropriate number of apples for that card. Students will then draw the same number of apples in their blank apple tree 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 Back to School Fine Motor Skills Packet, that is not really the only group of students that this is appropriate for. It’s just the range 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 like too much of a “little kid” activity to them, then I would recommend that you find other more age-appropriate activities to use.
Back to School Extension Activities
You can keep scrolling to get to the Back to School Fine Motor Skills Packet if you’d like. However, if you’d like some ideas for other school-themed activities, you might like some of these!
For a fun little activity, you and your kids might like this free printable school-themed cootie catcher.
Here are some awesome back to school-themed items:
- Brave Button Worry Gift
- You’re One Smart Cookie Printable for Back to School (Good for a teacher gift or for inside a lunchbox)
- First Day of School Printable Chalkboard-style Signs
- Back to School Coloring Pages for Grades from Kindergarten through 6th Grade
- First Day of School Interview Printable
The Back to School Fine Motor Packet is free for personal or classroom use, exclusively for Real Life at Home email subscribers. (It is also available without subscribing. See details in the next section.)
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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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