Kids will love racing to feed their elephants with these fun circus-themed fine motor grasping skills activities. Carry your peanuts using tongs instead of fingers!
WHAT TO DO:
Set up a bowl at one end of the room to act as the elephant’s mouth. Spread out a pile of peanuts or penne pasta on a table at the opposite end of the room. Have your child race to pick up the peanuts using only their tongs and carry them across the room to place in the hungry elephant’s mouth! Don’t drop your peanut! Use those Super Fingers over and over again until there are no peanuts left!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-If your child has excellent fine motor skills, try using a paper towel roll standing upright as the elephant’s trunks instead. Make it even more challenging by having them drop the peanuts or penne into the opening of an empty soda bottle or milk jug.
-Use two spoons, chopsticks, a drinking straw bent in half, or two pencils instead of tongs.
-Too hard? Simply spread out the peanuts on the floor or table and place the bowl right next to them! Even just transferring them into the container using the tongs will give a workout to the small muscles of the hand.
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Fine motor skills, grasp, strength, visual motor integration
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