How do I keep fine motor activities exciting for my child?
I had these kids tweezers on my list of things to buy for tot school for a long time, but I kept dragging my feet. They were just a little bit more expensive than I thought they should be, plus I just wasn’t sure we needed ANOTHER transferring tool for toddler school. I finally ended up buying them just because I have seen so many other bloggers use them and I figured, why not?
Well, I have to say I am really glad I got them. I guess they aren’t necessary per se, but I am really surprised at how much we’ve used them. Smiley Man and Little Bear both really enjoy the challenge the tweezers provide, but they also aren’t too challenging. Here are 6 fun and challenging ways we have used these kid tweezers. Some of these were just a bit too difficult for Smiley Man, who is almost 3. So, to make it easier for you, I’ve listed the activities in order of easiest to most difficult.
Buttons in Playdough
Make a nice thick pladough snake and stick buttons in it so they are sticking straight up. Use the kids tweezers to take the buttons from the playdough and put them into a bowl or basket.
Cotton Balls in Cup
Have a pile of cotton balls on the table. Use kid tweezers to move them from the table to a cup.
Pompoms in Ice Cube Tray
Pick up pompoms one by one from a pile on the table to an ice cube tray using kid tweezers.
Math Cubes on Dot Marker Page
Animals in Sorting Tray
Sort small plastic animals in a food tray using kids tweezers.
Clothespins in Water Bottle Ice Cube Tray
Pick up clothespins using kid tweezers and put them into the openings of a water bottle ice cube tray. This one is also great for one to one correspondence!
Fine motor skills are so important to child growth and development, but doing the same old activities can get boring. Using these kid tweezers made some old activities a lot more exciting for Smiley Man. You definitely don’t always have to buy something new to make fine motor fun again, but in this particular case, it has made a huge difference. What do you do to make common activities stay interesting?
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