These types of works are a good way to practice important skills as well as build up hand eye coordination and muscles in the hands. I rotate these types of works every 2-3 days. Y does them fairly quickly, but frequently as he still enjoys them. I love that these types of works are very, very quick to set up and easy to rotate.
Because Y is older and has mastered most of the skills these activities focus on, I have started adding some extra elements to these types of works. For example, adding sandpaper numbers to a beading work causes him to move more slowly and take him time instead of quickly beading and moving on. These elements also add intrigue for him.
Tonging red pom poms into a heart ice cube tray
Tonging pom poms from one bowl to another
Punching and gluing practice
Sandpaper numbers and pom poms
Using fingers to sort red and pink paper
Pouring water into two bowls
Remember to provide a sponge or small towel in case there are spills!
Placing beads on pipe cleaners with sandpaper numbers
Arranging cookie cutters by size
Shhh! I snuck a bit of math in there! However, this work ensures that little ones have to use a pincer grasp to move the cookie cutter - thus working on their fine motor skills!
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