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)
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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