Fine Motor: Water Transfer to Muffin Tins

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Water transfer is a fun activity that uses fine motor skills but it can get a little boring if you are always using the same two jars. So why not spiff it up a bit. We used some silicone muffin molds to create a bit more fun in a water transfer activity.
IMG_20160329_113332493My little one likes squirting the water onto the sponge watching it absorb and then moving it into the mold. That’s awesome because it uses even more fine motor skills then I had anticipated him using

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IMG_20160329_113543783Getting the last drops of water when the baster couldn’t get anymore water he stuck the sponge in to finish the job. Awesome problem solving going on here.

IMG_20160329_113916792And squeezing out those last few drops

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Fine Motor: Pompom Sort

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Materials Needed:

Paint containers with colored tops ( Here is the newer version of the ones I bought )

pompoms various colors and sizes

a tray
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This activity is super simple but it can keep kids captivated for some time.
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It works there knowledge base for color recognition, matching, and differentiation.
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I literally just set the cups on the tray and then dumped a bag of pompoms on the tray that’s it super easy.
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My son sat here for a while looking at the pompoms deciding which pompoms go in which container
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Using their fingers to pick up and grasp the pompom and then to push it through the opening in the container is using their fine motor control and their pincer grasp.
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Sink or Float Tray Experiment

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Materials Needed:

Tray

bowl with water

random assortment of materials some that sink some that float
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I taped off our tray into sections so once they figured out whether something sunk or float they could put it in one square or the other.
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This is a fun game the kids love playing in water and they love discovering which items sink and which float. Its fun to if you want to let them go around and collect more items to discover if they sink or float. I also like having the kids make a hypothesis before they drop each item in to the water trying to guess if the item in question will sink or float.
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Fine Motor: Pool Noodle Slices and Toothpicks

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Materials Needed:
Pool Noodle Slices ( I cut ours into 1 inch increments. I used scissors to cut through once I had measured and made a mark every inch along a pool noodle. )
Toothpicks ( I bought mine at the dollar store along with the pool noodle but grocery stores always have toothpicks)
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Okay just keeping it real, here is our coffee table about a year ago my other son drew on it with a sharpie. I had decided to paint the table and make it super cute like all the pretty pictures on Pinterest. That was a year ago and here our very ugly coffee table still sits awaiting its makeover that may never come. It’s okay I have actually decided its not ugly it has character and that this was our sons attempt at Modern Urban Art. He is so artistic all of my children are. Some day I may even show you a picture or two of our couch my husband won’t let me get rid of. My children explored their artistic side on that as well. I think it was to complete the full living room look. Anyway I digress we are here to talk about pool noodle slices and toothpicks.
IMG_20160407_103848943This project is super simple. Once you have cut all your Pool Noodle slices place them in a basket hand over a bowl of tooth picks and let them create.
IMG_20160407_103908038Building tall towers, expanding, and creating all these amazing creations. They are particularly great because should your child decide to move a section its easily done.
IMG_20160407_103927518It reminds me of a molecular chain. In fact we might bring this activity to new life with my daughters next science faire project.
IMG_20160407_103949554This is a simple building activity that will keep those fine motor skills working as they pinch and grasp each toothpick. As they build along they are strengthening the muscles they will need for some many activities down the road.
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Fine Motor: Paint Chip Color Shade Match

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IMG_20160407_105613288Today is a rainy day, one of those days where you need to figure out how to keep the kiddo’s occupied without spending to much time outside. I will admit we almost always go outside fully dressed in rain gear from our heads to our toes, using an umbrella and jumping in puddles. Today unfortunately while we will go out side for some of the cool moist air my little guy has croup so there won’t be any puddle jumping.

IMG_20160407_105552124That’s okay because  I have thought of plenty of ways to help my little guy have fun and keep entertained on a sick rainy day. Of course these projects are awesome any day but today in particular they are really a matter of survival for me so that I can get my piles and piles of laundry done and I might just clean a dish or two.

IMG_20160407_105520213So how does this project work? Well its pretty simple and you can vary the difficulty level. First you need to visit your local paint or hardware store and pick out your favorite color paint chips. You can go very simple and get a paint chip that has only one hue on it. Or go a little harder and get one that has three shades of the same color. If you want to get particularly difficult go for one that has four shades and if you are going for the near impossible to figure out get two that are next to each other that are of the same color family. Or maybe its just impossible for me with my bad eye sight. Not sure, try it and let me know.

IMG_20160407_105515064Again with set up you have some choices if you are going very simple. Put out once card with the corresponding color clothespins and have the kids match up.

IMG_20160403_125741080More difficult put out several and have the kids sort through and match the colors up. Remember this isn’t only about color recognition and shade differentiation. This is about working those fine motor skills. So every time they pick up that paint chip or pinch that paper clip those fine motor muscles are strengthening those same muscles that will be used to button shirts and write with a pencil.

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Paint chips
clothes pins
scissors
glue

Directions:
1. Cut about a 1/2-3/4 inch strip from each paint chip.
2. Use that thin strip you just cut to color your clothespins by cutting the shades apart and then attaching them to your clothespins with glue ( I use hot glue)
3. Now set up on a tray or directly on the table and allow the kids to explore.