Fine Motor Control: Water Drop Play

Fine Motor Control: Water Drop Play
Fine Motor Control: Water Drop Play

by Vina Leas, Occupational Therapist

The importance of fine motor control…

Fine motor movements involve the coordination of small muscles in the hands and fingers. Strong fine motor skills are essential to complete tasks such as writing, cutting, using a fork or spoon, threading beads, moving puzzle pieces, zipping, buttoning, and tying shoe laces. Without well-developed fine motor skills, a child may have difficulty learning to write or performing many of the other critical tasks presented in preschool classrooms.



  • Water dropper (syringe)
  • Bath mats with suction cups
  • Water
  • Different colours of food colouring
  • Paper towel/cloth

Step 1: Place all the equipment/tools on the table on top of a paper towel. Demonstrate to your child how to use the water dropper without water first.

Step 2: Let your child chose a colour and mix it with the water. You can even explore and let your child choose two colours and mix them together.

Step 3:  Using the water dropper, your child can suction the water and then carefully drop the right amount to fill each suction cup of the math mat.


If you don’t have a water dropper, you can use a syringe to suction the water.

Have FUN!!!