Fine Motor Skill Garden Boxes

How many bugs can they shove in the box at once.

The theme last week in my class was Gardening. So I put together some fine motor skill boxes for the kids. These were easy to set up, didn’t cost much to put together, and are great for allowing the kids to explore if you give no instructions. Out of all the activities that we did that week, this was the kids favorite and led to the most interaction. It’s not easy to keep a toddler’s interest for long periods of time and this activity was able to do it.

Garden Fine Motor Skill boxes.Help develop your childs fine motor skills with this fun activity.

Materials needed:

  • Diaper wipes containers (preferably cleaned)
  • Clear plastic shoe box
  • Silk flowers
  • Rubber bugs


  1. Remove labels from wipes container (spray paint to change the look) and remove the open and close flap from the container
  2. Pull the flowers off the stems and place them and the rubber bugs in the shoe boxes

I set this fine motor activity up by placing two wipes containers and one shoe box full of flowers or bugs on the top of shelves in the class. As the children came in they would go to a shelf and start playing with them.

I had no rules set, I just let them play with them as they seen fit. Some were sorting them by color, some were sorting the bugs by size and type, they even grouped the flowers by if they had pollen or not , we even had some that wanted to count them. No matter how they sorted them they all ended up sticking them through the holes of the diaper wipes boxes to collect them and then dumping them out to do it all over again.

The kids having fun working on their fine motor skills trying to stuff the flowers in the box.

This was a nice activity for the kids every morning. It was a great conversation starter and got them ready to start their day. I like to come up with morning activities for my group that they can play quietly until all of their friends have made it to class.


You will find this activity linked here: Tot Schooling 

Garden Theme Media

As usual, you know that I like to combine music with my themes. My class had fun singing, dancing, and listening to these songs and story. This playlist helped the kids ask questions about the subject and led to start great conversations. Note that we did not watch the videos just listened and I found that it had just as much of an impact if not a better reach. Without the videos to aid the kids were able to come up with their own movements and form their own pictures of what the songs and story were talking about.

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6 Responses to Fine Motor Skill Garden Boxes

  1. Jess says:

    Oh I love this activity! how fun!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

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  2. Candace says:

    Do you teach at a preschool? I’ll have to pass this along to my friends with toddlers as this seems like such a simple project to put together. Thanks for sharing on #WonderfulWednesday blog hop.

  3. Colleen says:

    I love this. I like how you left the play open ended for the kids.

  4. Hil says:

    I like how easy it is and open to interpretation based on what you have. I think I will do this during nap time today for my preschooler!

    Have you linkedup at #bloggerspotlight yet this week? Open until Tuesday night.

  5. Linda says:

    Such a great project for Toddlers. The grands would love it. Thanks so much for sharing at DI&DI.

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