DIY Toddler Pumpkin Push Pins
Toddler Fine Motor Skills
Toddler fine motor practice strengthens hand muscles for future activities such as holding a pencil, cutting, and drawing. Exploring with toddler fine motor practice now, can also be essential for future preschool benchmarks later, such as drawing straight lines, 1/2 inch sized stringing beads, and buttoning large buttons.
This toddler activity also builds vocabulary. If you have a toddler from the ages 12-18 months, chances are that last Fall they weren't able to comprehend words such as pumpkin! You are now introducing them to what it looks like, what it can feel like, and how to hear the word is used in a sentence.
I found this pumpkin in Hobby Lobby.
I did set out to find a pumpkin to drill holes into, but had no idea this particular brand existed! This pumpkin was even better. It is a carving pumpkin, that was very easy to carve. The brand is Funkins.
Hayes was to take the straws out, and place them back into the holes of the pumpkin.
This activity challenged Hayes to focus on the small holes and to practice precise hand-eye coordination. This activity also challenged Hayes because the straws would bend and become flimsy. He needed some assistance when the straws would bend. However, I tried to stand back and watch how he reevaluated how to solve the problem of the bent straw.
Like usual, we took this fine motor skill activity outside, and Hayes has lunch left over on his shirt. :)