Quick and Easy Outdoor Fine Motor Game
As the weather cools down, bring your indoor learning toys outside and incorporate nature.
Have your toddler practice fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination with this introduction to threading. Rather than using a string and beads, we took some wooded shapes with holes outside to thread through sticks.
I began by handing the blocks to my toddler, Hayes, who is 14 months. I wanted him to be able to touch the blocks and get a feel for their different sizes and shapes. I intentionally chose different sizes and shapes to allow him to change his grip with each block.
After my toddler had a feel for the blocks, I then took a stick and placed it vertically into the ground for Hayes to practice his hand-eye coordination.
Next, I added a stick that looked fairly similar and placed it vertically into the ground. The purpose of the additional stick was to have Hayes transfer the objects from one stick to the other.
As my toddler mastered the exchange of objects from one stick to another, I added 2 more sticks. This time, I chose sticks with a different design and texture to see how he would manipulate the object to fit on the stick. I especially loved the stick that had a curve. My toddler had to find the hole in the stick and align it just right to slide down.
We played this game earlier in the week, and I will tell you that since then, Hayes has asked to play again and again. He reaches for the different objects and points to the spot we played in our front yard. The activity improved his hand-eye coordination, allowed the muscles in his hands to become stronger, and we enjoyed our one on one time.