If you’re looking for a simple and fun play idea then look no further than this taped toys fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers. As you can see, it’s easy to set up and will have your child working those fine motor skills in no time at all!
Taped toys fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers
I recently spotted this activity over on Pinterest and shared it to my special ‘Activity for Kids’ Facebook group. They went crazy over the idea and so I felt inspired to give it a go myself and with my beautiful little Boo (2 years old). She loved it too!
Recommended ages: 1 year +
(Strict and active supervision is required)
To do this activity you will need –
- Cardboard or firm surface
- Safe toys (use a variety of textures and sizes)
- Sticky tape or masking tape
The set up is easy. Using a large piece of cardboard I spread out the toys and taped them down. The activity involves you watching your child as they work hard to remove the toys from the board and from the tape.
Vary the level of difficulty
You can vary the level of difficulty with this simple play activity by adding different sized objects. The larger the object the easier it’s likely to be to remove from the board. Alternatively you can add flatter objects that are stuck closer to the board. These will be harder to remove. You can also add more tape to the toys so they are stuck a lot more than a toy with only one piece of tape over it.
Fine Motor & Sensory Development
As you can imagine, this is such a wonderful sensory activity for children. If you include a variety of toys that vary in textures (wood, plastic, material etc) then you are giving your child an added learning opportunity.
Including the sticky tape in this activity is wonderful because often children don’t get the opportunity to feel sticky. We are so quick to wipe away their sticky hands they don’t get to experience it. Using the stickiness of the tape gives them that special sensation.
Fine motor skills are so important, children need them for writing, drawing, grasping objects and so this is an ideal activity to do with them because the pinching action of pulling at the tape works those small fine motor muscles in the hand. You can check out more fine motor activities on Laughing Kids Learn here.
Check out above my Facebook Live video of me demonstrating how I did this with Boo.
I love when activities are simple but they give children a really great sensory and fine motor experience. With supervision, this activity is one your child will really enjoy and get a lot out of. You will have fun watching them too.
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Sharon Smith says
Love your ideas. I recommend and use your activities for our library Storytimes. cheers Sharon @ Riverina Regional Library
Oh Sharon, how incredibly kind of you. Thank you so much!!!