My sister in law recently asked me to create some printables and materials for her daughter, a toddler. I’m so excited to have a younger kiddo to create works for, and I have to admit, I got a little bit carried away. In this article, I wanted to share a few simple ideas for tray activities you can set up for toddlers to work on fine motor skills and pincer grasp.
These types of activities were a lot of fun for Y when he was about two, two and a half years old. He craved works that involved his hands, fine motor skills, practical life activities. If I were to go a day without creating new practical life works for him, he would gather the materials himself (from the kitchen) and create his own works. Seriously guys, the kiddo would grab the dried beans, two bowls and a spoon and would spend twenty minutes spooning at his table. Or pouring water from one cup to another. He loved these types of activities! Loooved!
So! Today, I wanted to share a few fun ideas for working on strengthening little hands!
Fine motor activities for toddlers
Why: Fine motor activities are very important because they prepare the hand for important activities, such as writing, getting dressed, tying shoes, and more!
We still enjoy using these tweezers. They are large and require the use of the entire hand. I believe these actually came from a toy kitchen set from Ikea. The idea with this work is simply to transfer flower petals from one bowl to another with the tweezers.
Not only does this work help to develop muscles in the entire hand, using the tweezers to transfer such small items helps to strengthen focus and concentration, as well as patience.
Beading is another great work for toddlers. They get to practice the pincer grasp
by threading beads on a string, shoe lace, or even pipe cleaners work well.
This work is another fun way to practice threading.
Using a clothes pin to transfer cotton is another very fun and simple activity for really targeting the pincer grasp.
Spooning is another wonderful way to practice fine motor skills.
Puzzles with wooden knobs are another fantastic option for developing the pincer grasp. These are not only so much fun and educational, but truly are a wonderful way to strengthen fingers!
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