Looking for an inexpensive fine motor activity for your infant, toddler or preschoolers – the kiddos? Then let’s do this.
Let us recycle a bottle – one with a goose neck like Califia milk bottles. Rinse bottle with soap and hot water. Hot water gets the cream out better than cold water. Let bottle air dry – without cap on.
Next Step: Gather some pom pom (medium size) or cotton balls – place on surface, then invite your infants, toddlers or preschoolers to put contents in bottle. This will help them with their finger strength / fine motor skills. Please note always supervise activities! We used the medium sized pom poms as they were easier to shake out the bottle than larger ones. We completely avoided the very small ones for safety.
Notice the finger grip around the pom pom.
Repetition is the key to learning! The more opportunities children get to practice their fine motor skills, the better their grips will be. Grips are needed for lifes basic skills as writing, eating, and getting dressed.
Here a pom pom is pinched between fingers going in bottle one at a time.
As children develop skills and confidence, soon they will also learn to take short cuts. The child is now using mastery and heaping the items instead of one at a time.
When the bottle is full add cover – this can be a sensory bottle for your children. Children can do activity over and over again – turn bottle upside down and shake vigorously – the contents will fall out. Have fun recycling and creating simple opportunities for learning with thrifty recycled items.
Thanks for reading and doing – xoxo Miss Sue
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