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Snack Hunt Fine Motor Activity for Kids

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This super simple Snack Hunt Activity for kids is so quick to set up, and yet so engaging and fun for the kids. It's a great way to work on fine motor skills, and to make snack time more fun.
Snack Hunt Fine Motor Skills Activity for Kids from Lalymom

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!

Fine Motor Skills- Finger Strength and Pincer Grasp Practice- Snack Hunt Activity for Kids from Lalymom

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!

FIne Motor Development- Thumb Flexion- Snack Hunt Activity for Preschoolers and Toddlers from Lalymom

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
Ohhh NO!
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!
Ohhh NO!
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!
Ohhh NO!
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!

We're going on a snack hunt! super simple fine motor activity for snack time fun! #finemotor #finemotorskills #toddler #preschool #kids #funforkids

Fine Motor Fridays:

Fine Motor Skills Development- A collaborative series of ideas and activities for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kids from Lalymom

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:

Cranberry Play from Little Bins for Little Hands
Stacking on the Light Box from P is for Preschooler
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!

Let's go on a snack hunt! This is a super quick-prep, fine motor activity for snack time fun! #finemotor #finemotorskills #toddler #preschool #kids #funforkids

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  1. Live the song, too!! So fun and love this practical idea! As parents we often just want to do everything for our kids as its easier/ faster, but our kiddos miss out on so much learning when we do that! this is such a fun spin on ordinary practical/fine motor skills!!

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