Marshmallows and Toothpicks Fine Motor Activities
Fine Motor Fridays Blog Hop
Snowflakes, shapes, and name writing fine motor activities play!
Welcome to another great week of the Fine Motor Fridays Blog Hop! I love Fridays and our chance to show off some great fine motor activities happening over here! Hands-on play really facilitates fine motor skills work. Learn through play, practice through play, and develop life long skills through play! Fine Motor Skills for us is hand work, strengthening the hand muscles and working on finger grips/grasps that will prove so useful as he gets older! Today we are using our fingers, toothpicks, and tweezers!
Marshmallows Fine Motor Activities #1: Shapes, snowflakes, & Letters
For this fine motor skills activity, I thought it would be fun to make snowflakes with marshmallows and toothpicks. I knew I needed a model to present to him, so I whipped up one of my own first thing in the morning. I figured he could recreate the snowflake and then play however he wanted with the marshmallows and the toothpicks. Anything he could make would surely involve fine motor skills. Liam, however has a great deal of trouble if he can’t follow something. The idea that he could just attach a few things together and see where it leads him is unheard of at this point. I swiftly put together some shapes for him to copy. While he was doing that, I thought lets do his name. We worked on putting out the correct number of toothpicks and then counting how many marshmallows each would need. He attached them all but still had no interest in free play with this fine motor skills activity. Though I bet some kids could build some neat things!
Marshmallows Fine Motor Activities #2: Tweezer Transfer Fine Motor Skills
This was a last minute activity I added in so I could get a few extra minutes of work time for myself and a few extra minutes of tweezer practice for him. I enjoy the nature of this activity more than he does. This tray is wonderful for teaching thoroughness and perseverance along with fine motor skills. Sometimes you just have to stick with something until it is all done! His task was simply transfer marshmallows one at a time to the ice-cube tray with the tweezers. Although we have been practicing with the blue tweezers. they proved to be a bit cumbersome for the small openings, so we switched to our smaller, trusty black tweezers (I have no idea where they came from!). He enjoyed poking the marshmallows down into the holes too!
Who knew fine motor skills and marshmallows go hand in hand, but my son was glad to find out and finish up the activity with a taste test or two! These are simple fine motor activities you may already have in your cupboard (lots of alternatives to marshmallows too!)
Fine Motor Fridays Blog Hop
Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet from Lalymom
Train-Themed Unwrapping Activity from Craftulate
Mardi Gras Play Dough from Still Playing School
Post It Notes Sudoku from School Time Snippets
Hedgehog Fine Motor Skills and Counting from Powerful Mothering
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