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Straw Game

 

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Here is a no cost, low prep fine motor activity for you to try with your little ones!

All you need is an empty box; jumbo straws; a skewer or sharp object to poke initial holes; scissors.

Simply poke holes all over the box with the tip of the skewer (make sure little hands don’t get in the way). Each straw should be cut in half so children can have better grip(but I did not cut as I needed to re-use the straws for other activities and My daughter Layla could handle long straws!) I love the size of these jumbo straws. The colours are attractive to little ones as well. Next, I used scissors to make a small cut inside each hole.

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Get your toddler(s) to explore the holes and try to push the straws in the holes on their own. You might notice that your toddler  uses a variety of grasps on the straws while manoeuvring them into the holes. That’s totally fine! This age is all about using the hands to explore and learn through trial-and-error.

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Layla was a little too young to successfully get the straws into the holes, so once she was done pulling, I quickly put the straws back in and she went back to taking them out.

This particular straw-and-cereal box fine motor activity can be used to practice and promote a wide range of fine motor skill

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Pipe Cleaner Fun !

 

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I was so excited to do this fine motor again again with Layla! Rayes did this activity when he was just barely three. Layla seems to enjoy this at 14 months !!

This is a very simple activity. One of the most basic fine motor activities actually. All you need is pipe cleaners and a colander!

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This activity is an ideal challenge for the child who is able to grasp objects with their whole hand or with thumb and index finger, but isn’t quite ready for more refined fine motor activities such as lacing beads on a string. As with many activities, taking the pipe cleaners out is easier than putting them back in, so it provides a natural grading of challenge for kids at a variety of skill levels. However, you might be surprised at how interested your little one may be at trying to place them back in the holes after they have been quickly ripped out.

Putting the pipe cleaners in encourages precise hand movements and higher level hand-eye coordination than lower level play skills such as stacking two blocks or placing pegs in a board.

Have fun trying  with your toddler.