If you have a pair of tweezers, you can make a fun coordination
game for your child. Give him a bowl of dry beans, macaroni,
or cereal, a pair of tweezers and an empty bowl. Show your
child how to pick up one of the items with the tweezers and
transfer it to the empty bowl. Developing small muscles is
important for young children. It will enable them to better
grasp pencils, crayons and scissors when they learn to write
To do this activity you will need an old eye dropper. This
time set out a small bowl of water, the eye dropper and an
empty bowl. Show your child how to transfer the water from
the water bowl to the empty bowl with the eye dropper.
You can help your child develop eye-hand coordination by
encouraging her to do stringing projects. Such as,
NOTE: When working with yarn, your child will have an easier
time if you wrap one end of the yarn with tape for a needle
and tie the other end of the yarn around a bead or other object.
- Stringing large beads onto a shoelace.
- Stringing cut straw pieces onto a piece of yarn
- Stringing Cheerios on yarn to make a necklace.
CAUTION: Children need to be supervised at all times when
using yarn pieces over 12" long.
CLOTHES PIN FUN
Learning to open and close snap type clothespins is a great
small muscle developer. Rig up a short clothesline for your
child, by stringing a line between two chairs. Give your child
some clothespins and some small pieces of cloth or baby clothes
to hang on the line. This is a fun activity to do indoors
or outside. It doesn't really matter what your child hangs
up. Maybe he could try hanging up leaves.