For young learners, honing fine motor skills is super important. Fine motor skills are the foundation of shoe tying, zipper zipping, excellent penmanship and anything else involving finger movement or grasp. This inexpensive activity addresses fine motor skills in 2 ways. The first is through the squeezing motion of the spring loaded chopsticks. The second is through the manipulation of the lid. Removing the container lid, placing the container lid back on top and snapping it into place all develop fine motor skills. Depending on the skill level of your children, they may only be able to do one of these things, which is okay. As their skills develop, they will gradually be able to take on more challenging fine motor tasks.
This activity also has the added bonus of color sight word practice. The kids must correctly read the sight word to sort the pom poms. If your child is not ready for sight words, simply leave them off. Instead, tell your child to simply put 1 color into each container.
- small craft storage containers (dollar tree, craft section)
- multi-colored pom poms (dollar tree, craft section)
- large spring loaded chopsticks (dollar tree, kitchen section)
- permanent marker
- small plastic container (empty butter tub etc.)
The pom poms come with 6 different colors and the containers come in a pack of six, so it works out perfectly. 3 pom poms fit into each container.
- Remove the lid from the container.
- Use the chopsticks to pick up individual pom poms and place them into the corresponding container.
- Place the lid back on top of the container.
- Snap the lid down to secure it.
- Continue until all containers have been filled.