Activity of the Month
March 2011
The following activities are great for developing the “pincer grip” and fine motor skills.

Older baby to Young toddler:
“Posting” – cut a hole in the lid of a container. Put the lid back on the container. Using various household items, allow your baby to “post” the items through the hole! Examples of items: uncooked pasta, corks, plastic bottle tops, small blocks etc… Your baby will enjoy this so much that they will want to do it again and again!

Older toddler:

Using a plastic golf tee, make some holes in a clean, polystyrene dish from any food product. Then let your toddler push plastic golf tees into these holes. Alternatively, you can let your toddler make the holes themselves. This will require some strength and extra caution, as the golf tee can be sharp!

The following activity is great for developing fine motor skills in a child aged 5 to 8 years old. 

Plastic eye dropper art:
Add a small amount of food colouring to a bowl of water, to create a colourful dye. Then using a plastic eye dropper, your child must squeeze the top of the dropper to suck up some of the dye. Then, by releasing the top
of the dropper slowly, they can create pictures or patterns on a piece of paper. This activity requires control of the dropper, making it a great fine motor activity!