Here are some photos of Lilah doing a very simple toothpick activity. She spent a good fifteen minutes really concentrating on getting those toothpicks through the teeny holes in the container. This is great for developing her fine motor skills and a great activity for letting kids “help” in the kitchen.
She learned that if you do it one-handed, sometimes the jar will tip over.
Then she figured out using two hands would help.
She was so proud of herself!
- Save old plastic containers (like lidded yogurt, cottage cheese, or those large ice cream containers) and poke holes in the lid
- Find containers that already have holes (like parmesan cheese shakers, spice jars, or salt and pepper shakers)
- Use long straight objects to put in the holes — uncooked spaghetti or linguine noodles, toothpicks, pipe cleaners, straws, colored pencils, unsharpened #2 pencils, Wikki Stix, birthday candles, Tinker Toys, crochet hooks, knitting needles, eating utensils, cotton swabs (Q-tips), crayons, pens or markers, chop sticks, etc. (You be the judge on what is safe and okay for your child to use — I’d never give Lilah markers for instance unless I was right there with her because I know I’d probably have to repaint the room afterwards!!)
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