Today’s activity is part of a series of A to Z everyday fine motor materials where we each take something simple that is in almost every home and share a fine motor activity for either your toddler or preschooler.
Our everyday material is paperclips! I made the kids a lovely printable with color dots for sorting which will also be a great addition to our collection of busy bags!
These fine motor busy bags consist of the following
- Colorful paperclips
- Our printable dot cards (download here)
- Card stock (cardboard) or paper and laminator
- Optional busy bags pouch or a simple ziplock bag for long term storage
I laminated our dot card as well as individual dots for the durability of the busy bags as they get used tons. But using card stock (cardboard) will work just as well for a quick fine motor activity.
I printed 2 pages of the printable dot cards, the one I laminated as is and the other I cut the circles out and then laminated those.
With the circle dots color match the paper clips and have the older toddler or preschooler clip on the paperclips to the circle. This look my 5 year old a few tries as he kept holding the paperclip the wrong way around so it would not slip onto the circle.
Once he figured out that there were 2 sides to the paperclip things went smoothly and he was able to clip the paperclips onto the circles.
My young toddler who is always fascinated by what her brothers are doing come over to investigate. At age 2 she tried to color sort the paperclips onto the sheet of color dots.
For my toddler packing up busy bags seems to currently be her favorite activity solution to things that are a bit beyond her current skill level.
A few other things you can do with your preschooler with paperclips includes making a chain of them. This was a super fine motor activity as the clips would only chain in a certain way.
Once my preschooler figured this one out he made an entire chain of all the white clips.
You can make a necklace.
Make a few shapes. Pretend it is a wiggly worm or make a spiral!
More advanced learners can make letters and number shapes out of the paperclips.