Sugar Aunts: Fine Motor Play with crafting pom poms

Fine Motor Play with crafting pom poms

Fine motor play for toddlers is a win in our house.  Toddlers seem to love moving, scooping, dropping, and sorting items, so why not incorporate fine motor skills into the activity?   

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Fine Motor Work for Toddlers and Preschoolers

This activity is so easy to put together and fun for different ages.  My Toddler and nephew (both 16 months old) were immediately loving this one.  They saw the pile of crafting pom poms and the bottles on the table and were instantly popping the fuzz balls into the empty water bottles.

NOTE: If you try this activity with little ones who love to explore with their mouths, please keep a very close eye on them.  Or put this one on hold for a few months. 

Pushing the pom poms into the bottles is great for working on a tripod grasp, and the littler kids tended to push the ball into the bottle by using their index finger (Index Isolation).

 When kids develop isolation of individual fingers, it improves their dexterity, separates the sides of the hand, and allows them to manipulate small objects with accuracy. 

As they progress in fine motor development, you will see the ring finger, and pinkie finger fold down into a fist as they use just their thumb, pointer finger, and ring finger to manipulate little objects.  The ring and pinkie fingers are then able to stabilize the hand during activities such as handwriting, cutting with scissors, and shoe tying.   

Color Sorting for Preschoolers

Little Guy (who is 3) sorted the different colored pom poms into bottles.


 We had fun with this for a long time.  They were occupied before and after nap time with this one!

To get the pom poms out of the bottles, I was able to pull them out quickly.  The little kids were not able to get them out, but it was not too difficult for Big Sister.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bilateral Coordination for Toddlers

The toddlers had a little trouble at first, managing the bottle with their helper hand while concentrating on putting the pom poms into the bottle top.  This is a really great activity to work on bilateral coordination for little ones.  After a while, they both got better at it.  That was pretty neat to see.  It really helps, too, that the bottle made a loud crinkly sound when they squeezed too  hard.  What a great auditory cue for them to lessen their grip on the bottle

Don't have the pom poms at the house???  Use cotton balls.  
Have fun with this! 


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10 comments :

  1. Oh... I know I'm going to enjoy this blog with my little ones!!! Thanks for the follow ladies! Following back! :)
    ~Jen
    http://www.marinewifemommylife.com

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  2. This looks like a fun little activity for my 15 month old to try. :) I've been looking for activities for us to practice colors! Thanks for sharing! Found you on It's Overflowing today! Newest follower! April Hoff housebyhoff.blogspot.com

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  3. My kiddos enjoy stuff and pour/dump activities as well...especially the pour/dump parts ;-)

    Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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  4. I love this idea, I cant wait to try it with my 18 month old grandson. Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight last week. I hope you come by tomorrow to share more of your awesome creations!

    http://angelshomestead.com/

    April

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  5. oh how fun, this is such a great idea! Simple, inexpensive and fun, love it!
    Thank you for sharing, pinning this!
    Sheena @ http://www.thekeeperofcheerios.blogspot.com/

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    1. I know for my kiddos it is the most simple things that the little ones enjoy the most! This is one that is a go to when I am trying to get dinner ready!

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    2. thank you for these ideas. i will sure try it.

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  6. I love this idea! I have used it at my center for children with autism in Paris, France and the kids LOVED it! Thank you!

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