Here is a simple fine motor activity that I think your toddler will really enjoy. It’s very easy to set up and it involves them threading pasta onto straws, with the support of some freshly made play dough.
Importance of fine motor skills in toddlers
Fine motor skills involves the development of the smaller muscles in the hand. By developing these muscles at a young age, children will be able to go on to complete everyday tasks, such as writing, drawing, cutting with scissors and button fastening.
Possum (aged 2.3) had a wonderful time playing and developing those fine motor skills in a way that allowed her to feel a great sense of achievement due to the large size of the pasta used and the stability of the straws in the play dough.
For this pasta threading activity you will need –
- Rigatoni pasta
The activity is simple, children poke a small number of straws into the play dough and thread the pasta onto each straw. I chose the large Rigatoni pasta because it caused less room for error and a great staring point for children developing skills.
It’s so important children feel a sense of achievement when completing a task. They gain so much more when it’s approached in this way. This was also really great for developing her concentration to a particular task, because as we know, toddlers rarely sit still. LOL
Of course I always encourage active supervision with all my activities, which is no doubt a blessing for you as parents or carer of children. It’s so important to get involved in play.
Love the concentration in this photograph! x
What learning is achieved from this activity?
Children gain so much from completing an activity like this.
- Fine motor skills
- Hand- Eye coordination
- Feeling of success and achievement when completed
Of course this activity can be easily be modified to suit your child’s individual needs. To simplify the activity, use rings cut from a toilet roll. To challenge, use BBQ skewers and experiment with a wide variety of pasta types that can be threaded.
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