Spooky Halloween Fine Motor Activities on a Budget


Header image. Title on the left and a picture of plastic skeleton arms holding a ping pong eye ball trying to place it on an orange pool noodle

I have grown to love fall! I love the cooler weather, the leaves, and most importantly the fall menu at Starbucks. But I think my favorite thing is creating activities to go along with fall and Halloween!  I find it is easier to plan and create when themes are involved and increase engagement and participation with my students! I love seeing my students happy and excited to learn and explore! In this blog, I am going to share a few of the fine motor activities I have created for Halloween! I hope you find something you want to re-create!! Comment below with some activities you have created!!

Eyeballs and Skeleton Hands

Skeleton salad tong hands on the left, a blue plastic bin with cut orange pool noodles and a bag of ping pong balls that look like eyeballs.

I use this activity to not only target visual-motor skills but bilateral coordination and overall precision and control. You can also target some executive functioning skills like problem-solving and overall sequencing! 


  • Pool noodle
    • Cut the pool noodle into flat sections
  • 2 packs of ping pong eyeballs (Dollar Tree)
  • Skelton salad tongs (Dollar Tree)
  • Plastic bin
  • Container for the eyes (they tend to roll off the table)

Set up:

  1. layout the pool noodles
  2. put the eyeballs in a container
  3. have the child hold a skeleton arm in each hand
  4. use two hands together to pick an eyeball up and place it on the pool noodle
Halloween Skeleton arms holding a plastic eyeball about to place it on an orange pool noodle

Halloween Counting Legs Spiders

laminated paper spiders, with numbers on their back, with clothe pin legs

The itsy bitsy spider activity!! Get out your laminator and a silver sharpie. I like to use this activity to work on hand strength, coordination, and precision. 


  • Black paper
  • Laminator
  • Silver sharpie 
  • Clothespins

First, trace a large circle and a smaller circle on black paper. Second, cut them out, and glued the smaller circle to the big one. I drew eyes and then on the larger circle I put a number from 1-10 and then drew the correlating numbers for my students who have difficulty recognizing numbers. I put my spiders through the laminator for extra protection. This activity can also be used as a quick task box activity!

Teeth and Bugs 

two pairs of vampire teeth and two sandwich bags with assorted plastic Halloween items

Chomp Chomp! My students love vampire’s teeth and the fun thing is after we are done playing they can take the teeth with them (let’s be honest, they were going to end up in their mouth). I like to use this activity for precision and control and also to work on grasp patterns (you need an adapted tripod grasp to hold the teeth).


  • Vampire Teeth
  • Plastic Rings (easier to pick up)
  • Plastic assortment of Halloween items


  • First I will demonstrate to my students how to grip the vampire’s teeth!
    • I put my fingers inside the teeth but you can also grasp the teeth on the top!
  • I will dump the pieces on the table and have my students see how many they can grab in an allotted amount of time!
holding teeth with three jaw chunk grasp
using vampire teeth to pick up a halloween plastic item

Halloween Bug Hunt

green plastic bin with strong laced through the holes and plastic halloween spiders at the bottom. Two clothes pins of the left
using the clothe pins to pick up the spiders

I have had this game for a while! It has made it across the country and back! It is always a favorite amongst my students! In the past, I have had a layer of batting on the bottom and then the spiders throughout. I found it was too hard for my students to pull the spiders out, so I adapted!


Halloween Eraser Maze

paper, halloween erases and three orange crayons/markers on the right
halloween erasers laid on the paper and crayons being used to trace around the halloween items.

I like using this activity with a variety of students! I like to use it to target grasp patterns, pre-writing skills, and visual-motor skills! It is a harder activity for younger students since the idea is more abstract.


  • Target dollar section erasers
  • crayons/markers/pens
  • paper: try black paper and white crayon for something different 🙂

Check out this Simply Special Ed Blog for ideas on how to support students during Halloween! Alyssa also has some great, free, file folder activities for Halloween!

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