Happy Fine Motor Friday! My co-hosts (Lalymom, Craftulate, School Time Snippets, Little Bins for Little Hands, P is for Preschooler, Racheous, Still Playing School, House of Burke and Powerful Mothering) and I are excited to share fun activities for toddlers and preschoolers that help build fine motor skills every Friday. At the end of this post you will find links for more great fine motor activities from my co-hosts. Be sure to check them out!
Ever since I found these Christmas PomPom Toothpicks at a local store I’ve wanted to make more colorful pompom toothpicks so we could play and practice fine motor skills with more variety! And I’ve finally got all the supplies and put this activity together!
To make your own colorful pompom toothpicks all you need is a variety of colorful pompoms, toothpicks and a hot glue gun. (Note: Making these pompom toothpicks is a project for grown ups. Always be careful when using a hot glue gun. Especially around children.)
Once the hot glue has cooled, the colorful pompom toothpicks are ready to be played with! (Note: Careful supervision is necessary when allowing kids to play with small pointy objects.) These colorful pompom toothpicks are a great fine motor alternative to playing with dot markers, pompom magnets or regular pompoms.
To create a fun fine motor activity I printed off some dot marker or pompom activity sheets from Bubbles and Bobbins, covered the page with clear contact paper, attached it to a large shoebox with tape and used an awl to poke holes through the page and shoebox lid. (Note: Be super careful when using sharp, pointy tools especially if children are around.) After all the holes have been poked, it’s time for some fun fine motor practice!
These pompom toothpicks are a fun and versatile fine motor toy! They can be used with any kind of themed dot marker or pompom magnet printables! Below is a list of additional sites where these kinds of printables can be found.
Happy Fine Motor Friday!
Be sure to check out these great fine motor ideas from my co-hosts!
Sensory Nest Building from Still Playing School
Threading Buttons from School Time Snippets
Painting with Carrot Shavings from House of Burke
Loose Parts Play for Toddlers from Powerful Mothering
Play Dough Fine Motor Skills & Proprioception Sensory Input from Little Bins For Little Hands
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