Corinne is methodical when she plays. And deliberate. And thorough. Sometimes her play involves extensive processes and patterns of actions which are repeated until she is satisfied with the outcome. She loves to put toys into containers (namely the flip top garbage can which has recently found a new home in the pantry), and she loves to reorganize her toys by placing piles of like toys where they don’t belong (like all the lids to the food storage containers that were slid under the oven…loved that discovery ;)). Knowing this about Corinne, I took both these ideas and created a quick and easy fine motor activity appropriate for her baby hands that still keeps her busy for great lengths of time.
I simply took an empty baby wipe container and placed several larger sized plastic bottle caps inside it. (Seeing that typical babies put everything in their mouths, choose only large bottle caps to avoid a choking hazard. And, of course, this activity should be supervised by a responsible caretaker). The idea is that she would pull the bottle caps out of the wipes container. And she did. She saw me flip open that lid and she knew exactly what to do!
This is an excellent fine motor activity for Corinne because she cannot grasp the bottle caps with her fist and pull them out of the container. The hole is too small, so she must use her fingers to work them out, instead.
Once Corinne got several out, she began to put them back, another great fine motor activity. This action is very similar to putting coins into a piggy bank, but because of the way most baby wipes containers are designed, there is a little forgiveness for less coordinated hands.
Once Corinne had slipped all the bottle caps back into the container, she was so pleased with her accomplishment that she shook the container (which made an excellent rattle)…hard…and the main lid unsnapped and flipped open, spilling the bottle caps all over the floor, which pleased Corinne even more.
And she got right back to work putting the bottle caps back into the wipes container. Easy and simple, and a very effective fine motor activity for little hands.
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction