Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Easy Peasy Fine Motor Games

Lately I have been all about home made games for L. They are wonderful for so many reasons: they're inexpensive, they help clear the house of clutter, and they are novel, so L is easily engaged and entertained.  Here are just a couple of fine motor games that I've recently introduced to the tot.

The first is super duper easy peasy.  I just took an empty peanut butter jar and filled it with one-inch sections of pipe cleaner.  Throw in a cheap magnet wand and this thing is a fun fine motor activity, in addition to being a feast for the senses. L and I talked about the different colors, we listened to the interesting sounds the pipe cleaners made as they moved around the jar, and we even shook the jar like a musical instrument.  When she gets older, this will be a great introduction to the science of magnets.

The next activity is this fun fill and spill activity.  I used a box cutter to cut out the front section of an empty juice bottle. I taped off the jagged edges with some cute duct tape and filled the hole with pom poms of various colors and sizes.

I left the bottle on L's art table that evening for her to discover the next morning.  It didn't take her long to figure out the concept of putting the poms through the hole at the top and retrieving them through the opening on the front.  This is an excellent way for kids to work on fine motor control, and of course we also discussed the colors and sizes of the pom poms.

Forty minutes later (forty minutes!) L was still going at it, and I promptly gathered the materials to make several more of these little gems for my classroom.  Now I'm constantly on the prowl for more containers to see what else we can come up with!


  1. Oh, what great ideas! My son would love the juice bottle with the poms. He loves to "fill" things up. :) I never thought of using the magnetic wand with the pipe cleaners either! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great ideas!! My daycare kids will love both of these activities!! TFS

  3. What cool idea! I love the pom poms:)

  4. Looks like L had fun with these! It's so great when you can set up activities like this and they enjoy them :-) Thanks for sharing at Happy Family Times!

  5. That is such a great idea, wish I had thought of that when my daughter was younger! So glad you shared at tip toe thru tuesday, can't wait to see what you link this week!
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