Fine Motor Imitation (FMI), Stringing

Fine Motor Imitation (FMI)

The objective of FMI is for your child to be independently able to mimic any kind of motion done with his hands. You can use any object that your child can manipulate with his/her hands/fingers: play dough, pushing buttons, opening buttons, stringing pasta/beads, picking up coins, picking up pom poms, using tweezers to pick up pom poms, coins or other small objects ,manipulating a zipper, using puzzles with small knobs. All of these exercises will strengthen your child’s fingers and hands which will help your child to learn to hold a pencil and how to write.

Instructions for Lesson

  1. Sit on the floor at or at the table with your child.
  2. Engage your child by saying your child’s name and or touching child’s arm.
  3. After you have your child’s attention say “(Child’s name) do this (for example: pick up pom poms from the table/floor).
  4. Perfect outcome: your child picks up the pom poms. Reinforce!

Not so perfect outcome: your child just sits there.

  • What to do: reengage your child by saying his/her name and or touching his/her arm and repeat the instruction “(Child’s name) do this (pick up pom poms)”, then prompt your child pick up the pom poms.

Be Persistent

After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child claps, great, reinforce. If not repeat the steps from above. Repeat it three times and if your child still is not getting it move on to a different task and come back to it later. Also once your child gets the prompted instruction right, redirect your child to a simple task he/she has mastered and then go back to the original instruction to make sure your child got it.


It might take your child a while, a couple days maybe even a couple weeks, to grasp the concept of what is asked of him/her. Don’t get frustrated and stick with the program. Your child will get there! Reinforce (Praise) a right response or even if your child is trying really hard. In the video you will see a demonstration of how to run “Fine Motor Imitation (FMI)” program.

Items you need:

beads and a string (You could also use a hollow pasta and a shoestring), puzzles with small nobs, pom poms, tweezers, coins, stickers, rubber bands, clothes pins, and playdough.

Another – Fine Motor Demo

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