Developing fine motor skills does not have to be hard and is actually quite accessible in the home! You don’t need to spend lots of money to help your child develop critical skills. This activity is so easy it is kind of embarrassing to dedicate a blog post about it. I hope it inspires you so here it is.
All you need are tongs, bottle caps, and an empty egg carton.
I started collecting bottle caps a month ago. So we have many, many bottle caps. Some big, some small. Some brown, some red. Some shallow, some deep. Borderline obsessive, I find caps a perfect tool for sorting, scooping, or tonging.
You can simply have your child use tongs [or a strainer spoon as you see in this photo] to move caps from one container to another container, or to an egg carton. You can sort by color, you can sort by size or arrange caps from biggest to smallest. An easy and inexpensive educational exercise that goes a long way.
Easy Fine Motor Skills Activity
If you want to add CONTROL OF ERROR into the exercise, include two of each color, one cap per egg holder, etc. There are a variety of ways you can integrate this idea of self-education.
Bottle caps are the gift that keeps on giving. There are loads of crafty activities to do with your kids. All you need is a little bit of imagination! Better yet, let your kids use their imaginations. I am sure they will come up with some wonderfully creative activities on their own.
Environment cannot create human power, but only give it scope and material, direct it, or at most but call it forth; and the teacher’s task is first to nourish and assist, to watch, encourage, guide, induce, rather than to interfere, prescribe, or restrict. – Maria Montessori