Using things from around the house is common in my home. We often play with simple things and I often take the quick and easy route out when preparing activities for the kids. I find myself doing this a lot these days with the new baby in house.
I want to provide these experiences for the other children but my time is limited at this point in time because of the baby. (I write these ideas up well after kids go to bed with one eye open too!)
Today we explored pom poms and muffin tins with a variety of fine motor tools.
For our first muffin tin activity we used our new set of fine motor tools to scoop, pinch and move the pom poms from one container to another.
Your supply list:
- Muffin Tin Large and Small
- Pom Poms
- Fine motor tools kit
- Sparkly pom poms
- Optional activity tray
With these 3 different types of fine motor tools a different method to transfer is used for each.
This yellow one seems to baffle my 2 year old and intrigue my 5 year old. Of course he had to find ALL the red pom poms.
The next 2 activities we just a few months ago where we used tongs and chop stick type tweezers.
This activity has actual color disks on the bottom of the trays to help guide in color sorting. The tongs were great for my 5 year old and my 2 year old even tried them. The chop sticks seemed to be ignored even after a demonstration.
My 4 year old loved this activity but was only interested in using his hands. As a delayed learner I was just happy for him to actually take interest in this. He did very well by matching all the colors.
This is the muffin tin fine motor activity that kept my 2 year old BUSY for a long, long time! I printed out some color disks to go with this one. Download yours here for both a bigger and smaller muffin tray.
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