We are back for Fine Motor Fridays this week with our growing group of blogger buddies! This week I've got a Super Simple Fine Motor Activity that could be set up in a snap for toddlers, preschoolers and even school kids, just for fun! You can use anything you have on hand, you can adjust it to your child's abilities AND it involves your kid's favorite snack foods! Bonus!
Snack Hunt for Hand & Finger Strength and Pincer Grasp Practice
Snacks (dry snacks and uncut fruit work best)
Various containers (Think lunch containers but also recycled fruit and egg cartons, storage containers, zip top bags, screw top lids, Easter eggs and more. You could also practice using a lunch box and any other gear your child may use at school.)
Are you ready for this? Really complicated instructions:
1. Place your kid's favorite snacks into various containers, closing the lids.
2. Put the containers in front of kids if you just want to focus on fine motor skills. For added fun arrange the containers around the room or back yard. (Just be sure you know how many you hid so none get left behind!)
3. Tell them it's time for a snack hunt!
Done! See, SO complicated! This low-prep fine motor activity offers life skills practice and, depending on the containers you have on hand, could include twisting, prying and lifting. This is great for working on hand and finger strength as well as thumb flexion. Not to mention getting those little snacks out of the containers works on that all-important pincer grasp!
If your kids are getting ready to start school and will have to pack a lunch, this is a perfect school readiness activity to help them learn to open their food packages on their own.
You COULD also sing We're going on a Snack Hunt, to the tune of Bear Hunt, and make up silly words as you go. Here is a silly start for you. I'm going to make it up as I go and see how it goes. You're TOTALLY welcome! 😉
We're going on a Snack Hunt
We're going on a snack hunt.
Gonna find a big one!
We're not scared.
It's a beautiful day!
Oh look, a snack cup! Shake, shake, shake!
We can't eat the lid, we can't eat the bottom
We gotta lift the lid!
Lift, lift, lift, lift!
Oh look, a jar! Tap, tap, tap the glass!
We can't eat the glass, we can't eat the lid!
We gotta twist the lid!
Twist, twist, twist, twist!
Oh look, an egg carton! Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle!
We can't eat it this way, we can't eat it that way!
We gotta pry it open!
Pry, pry, pry, pry!
See, now aren't you excited to go on your own snack hunt?! You might recognize some of these containers from our Grocery Store Play post, which we are still playing with pretty regularly!
Fine Motor Fridays:
If you are new to Fine Motor Fridays, it is a collaborative series with a group of other bloggers where we each post a new Fine Motor Skills Activity every Friday. Here are other Fine Motor Activities from Lalymom. You can also check out our Fine Motor Fridays Pinterest Board where we pin all of our FMF posts! Here are this week's links:
Everyday Fine Motor Activities from Stir the Wonder
Clothespin Letter Match Busy Bag from Craftulate
Kandinsky Felt Button Board from School Time Snippets
Bath Time Fine Motor Activities from Racheous
Thanks for coming by, have a great weekend, hope to see you next Friday…if not sooner!