Grab an apple – here’s an easy fine motor activity
I love when I see an activity on Pinterest and I’m like: BAM! I have all the supplies for that – we could do it right now. There’s nothing better than knowing you can entertain your toddler (especially with items you have on hand).
This activity is from my Playing Preschool Homeschool Preschool Program: 190 days of easy at-home learning! A program that is filled with 38 weeks of easy learning activities using mostly items you already have on-hand.
The easiest of easy set ups!
My daughter was having a ho-hum afternoon and she just needed something to do… something special to occupy her little hands. In other words, I needed a break from my tiny toddler shadow.
So I grabbed a box of toothpicks and an apple.
Like I said, it’s not a big supply list!
I had a plan!
I sat on the deck with my daughter (2.5 years old) and showed her how to push the toothpicks into the apple. It was so simple and so easy!
She loved the idea and was hooked immediately trying to push those toothpicks into the apples, choosing the right spot, and holding it ever so carefully.
*Not quite sure about using toothpicks yet? Try using golf tees instead.
This may look simple but it was still a winner.
There is SO MUCH LEARNING and so much value to a simple activity like this – don’t overlook it!
During this easy peasy activity, my daughter is:
- practicing fine motor skills
- working on hand-eye coordination
- problem solving to hold the apple
- using spatial awareness (which is a fancy way of saying “being able to move the toothpicks around each other and the apple”)
Activities like this can be planned out for you!
Wouldn’t you love to have activities like this at the ready each day? To know what to do with your toddler or preschooler, how to help them grow and learn, and give you both a way to make it to nap time?
Check out Playing Preschool: 190 days of at-home learning. These 45 minute lessons include a read aloud, things to talk about, learning activity and an easy activity for your child to complete independently.
Grab an apple and try this easy fine motor activity!
I bet your child will love this fine motor activity as much as mine did! Every time she sees an apple now – she asks if we can poke it. That’s ok with me – they eat up just fine even after a little poking!