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Rubber Band

Age Range
3-5 yrs
Setup Time
No set-up time required!
Setup Location

Fine motor skills are small, precise, coordinated movements, like using your fingers to pick up a coin. Fine motor skills require integrating muscular, skeletal and neurological functions.

Bilateral coordination, a fine motor skill, is using both hands together or using one hand for one thing while using the other for something else (holding paper with one hand while cutting with the other). A rubber band is a great manipulative material that enhances bilateral coordination.


  1. Ask your child to slide rubber bands over a can of food (or water bottle, shampoo bottle etc., it doesn't have to be empty)

  2. Have him use colorful bands to make sequence and patterns on the can

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.