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Paper Clip Chain

Age Range
3-6 yrs
Setup Time
Under a minute!
Setup Location

Visual-motor integration is the ability to coordinate what you see with body movements. For example, controlling a pencil to start and stop a stroke with precision, or to form a letter or shape with smooth strokes. It also includes cutting or folding accurately and making sure that when writing, all the letters sit on the line. Copying text from the board or from a book is another task that requires efficient visual-motor integration since the child shifts his gaze from far to near or from the book at his side to the paper in front of him.

This is a great fine motor activity for your child to work his fingers and improve visual-motor integration.


  1. Give your child a bunch of loose paper clips. You can use colorful ones to encourage your child to make sequences and patterns

  2. Ask your child to go to work hooking the paper clips together to make a simple chain

  3. Your child can decide what they wanted to do with their paper clip chains - make it into a necklace or a bracelet, depending on the size

Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.