Welcome to Fine Motor Friday! A bunch of us (Lalymom, Craftulate, And Next Comes L, School Time Snippets, Little Bins for Little Hands, P is for Preschooler, Racheous and myself) have gotten together and will be posting fun activities that promote the development of fine motor skills every Friday. So after reading this post you will want to go check out what fun they have posted about!
And this week we welcome Devany of Still Playing School! She writes about playing and learning with her preschooler and has some really great activities to check out!
So I was hoping to crank out a bunch of fun holiday posts this month, but with a birthday party to plan for as well as Christmas to get ready for I don’t think it will be happening. So I decided to put a bunch of fun Christmas fine motor activities we have done into one post and take a little break from the blog to enjoy my son’s birthday and Christmas with my family.
Like the Pumpkin Pick-Up & Counting game that I set up for Caden in the fall, I set up this ornament pick-up activity for Caden to practice using these tongs, fine motor skills and counting. I like to set up these activities and keep them out on the shelf for the month, ironically Caden didn’t touch this activity until I set it up to take these pictures.
He did very well, but these spatula tongs are very tricky, especially with round objects. She he finished up by grabbing two ornaments in each hand and putting them in the basket. I’d say that’s a fine motor skill too!
Mini Christmas Tree
I picked up this mini Christmas tree and mini glittery ornaments at Target. Caden really enjoyed putting the ornaments on his own tree! And it looks so pretty too!
Daddy was around when we decorated the mini tree so he took some pictures while I helped Caden. These ornaments didn’t come with hooks so I had to substitute with small paper clips.
Ta-da! Caden’s finished product! As you can see all the ornaments are clustered together on one side of the tree as any toddler would have it!
Pom-Pom Toothpick Tree
I made this activity last year and never really got a chance to blog about it. It is really simple to make, I taped a cutout of a Christmas tree on to the lid of a shoe box and then used an awl to poke holes into the tree. Then Caden can decorate the tree with these pom-pom toothpicks that I found at The Christmas Tree Shop.
Caden loves this activity just as much as he did last year! It is the only activity that he will come back to again and again. I plan to create similar activities to fit different themes in the future so be on the look out!
Sorry about these photos, when he started playing with this activity only my iPhone was around and I had to quickly snap some pictures before he finished!
This activity takes some skill to insert the toothpicks into a small hole. And Caden likes to push the toothpicks out from the other side when he is finished.
As painful as it looks to push on the pointy end of a toothpick, Caden doesn’t seem bothered by it. And I like to think of it as a skill. As always be sure to supervise your children when ever they are playing, especially with small or pointy objects.
And last but not least, I picked up this little tic-tac-toe peg game from the Target dollar spot. Caden likes to push the pegs in and take them back out. Maybe next year I can teach him to play the game!
Happy Fine Motor Friday!
Go check out these great fine motor ideas from:
Fine Motor Christmas Game from Lalymom ~ Fine Motor Clothes Fastening Board from Craftulate ~ Clothespin Color Game from School Time Snippets ~ Present Wrapping Fine Motor Skillsfrom Little Bins for Little Hands ~ Oven Bake Clay Necklaces from P is for Preschooler ~ Sight Word Busy Box Game from Still Playing School
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