Curious about your kid’s fine motor skills? Me too. I wanted to see how the girl’s fine motor skills would manage with some of the more interesting utensils we own. I also wanted an activity that looked appealing and fun – not like a test – so I reached for my trusty 6 hole muffin tin.
Tongs, tea strainer and tweezers seemed like obvious choices, however if I really wanted to annoy Zoe I would have added chopsticks – but since this is supposed to be fun I restrained myself.
So this activity couldn’t be simpler to explain – using any utensil the aim is to move the contents of each muffin round into an empty round. So much to learn with this activity. It looks so simple, which is the best part – it is easy to set up. But the girls really had to use muscles with the tea strainer and hold the tongs and the tweezers with a high level of care to grab and dispense their objects.
Zoe had to sit on the couch which added to the level of difficulty. I should point out that underneath the coloured match sticks are a small handful of coloured rice grains. Zoe was up to the challenge and started moving the grains with the tweezers…then she decided to get more efficient she would employ the tea strainer. Problem solving skills also in play here
A mini muffin tray could also add to the fun – good for individual items for toddlers or smaller more difficult items for the bigger kids.
If you do use this idea I would love to hear about it.
Thanks so much for dropping by. Have fun!