Threading, Fine Motor and Measurement

Fine Motor Threading with Pipe Cleaners and Straws
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Threading Pipe Cleaners with Straws involves threading smaller length straws onto longer length pipe cleaners.  It is a great fine motor activity that is simple to set up and will arouse any child’s curiosity to play and have fun.  
 
This is also a great activity to introduce and play with the concept of measurement such as length.  Giving children the opportunity to play with measurement helps them learn how to compare objects and use language associated with measurement, such as ‘tall’, ‘taller’, ‘tallest’, ‘short’, ‘shorter’ and ‘shortest’.
 
What you will need?
Learning Tray threading pipe cleaners and straw for fine motor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
You will need thin pipe cleaners cut in half and three longer lengths, straws and scissors.  We also cut the straws to a number of lengths and made three straws to match the length of the pipe cleaners.
 
Let’s Play
Fun Fine Motor Activity Threading Pipe Cleaners with Straws
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Some Ideas:
  • Measure and match the three length straws to the three pipe cleaners.
  • Set a challenge – Thread the pipe cleaners so that it is completely covered with straws. This is a great opportunity to discuss length, “that straw is too long, let’s find a shorter one.”
  • Create colour patterns with the straws as you thread them onto the pipe cleaner.
  • Bend and mould the pipe cleaner to make shapes. The straws act as the sides of the shape.
*To avoid the straws sliding off the pipe cleaner, create a small bend on one of the ends.*
 
Let’s Learn
Measurement Activity using Pipe Cleaners and Straws
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learning Opportunities
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
  • Language development – Such as taller, tallest, shorter, smaller, longer, middle size, too long.
  • Mathematics – Measurement (Length)
  • Problem solve and overcome challenges
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Sticky Easel – Match Sticks & Pompoms

Play opportunity using a sticky easel, match stick and pompoms. Lots of great ideas!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Using an easel covered with sticky contact is a wonderful creative tool and canvas that will entice kids to play creatively and imaginatively. 
Setting up an Invitation to play opportunity with match sticks and pompoms for your child to play freely using the sticky easel board allows them the freedom to discover, explore, create with no structure or end result.
 
What you will need?
Sticky Easel play prompt
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 You will need contact paper, sticky tape, easel, pompoms and match sticks. 
To apply the sticky contact to the easel, I first measured the size of the contact to fit the easel and cut it to length.  I then peeled away the contact backing paper and held the smooth side onto the board with the sticky side facing out.  I then used sticky tape to fasten the contact paper to the easel. 
 
Let’s Play
Easel Activities Pompoms and Match Sticks
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some Ideas:
  • Create shapes and letters.
  • Create pictures of people, flowers, trees and so much more.
  • Make patterns with pompoms and match sticks.
  • Sort into groups of colours.
  • Sort and arrange the pompoms in order from biggest to smallest.
  • Make up stories and play imaginatively.
Let’s Learn
Learning Opportunites Sticky Easel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learning Opportunities
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
  • Language development
  • Measurement concepts – arranging from biggest to smallest
  • Colour sorting and recognition
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Learning Trays – Sorting Coloured Pompoms

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What the Activity Involves?
Sorting Coloured Pompoms is fabulous hands-on fine motor learning tray.  It is so simple to set up, colourful, engaging and is sure to grab the attention of any child!  The Sorting Coloured Pompoms Learning Tray involves the child sorting different coloured pompoms using miniature tongs and matching them to the relevant coloured jar.  This activity can be adapted for different abilities by adding more colour pompoms to match to the jars or less as pictured for the learning only two colours at a time.   It is a repetitive activity that requires concentration, fine motor control and coordination and is great for learning yours colours.
 
What you will need:
Sorting Coloured Pompoms
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You will need mini tongs, coloured pompoms,  jars or containers and the Printable Coloured Dots.
Click here to download and print–>  Printable Coloured Dots
 
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Learning Opportunities
  • Fine motor control
  • Hand and eye coordination
  • Concentration and problem solving
  • Determination and perseverance to accomplish a task
  • Colours and patterns
  • Matching, sorting and classifying
What is a learning tray - montessori inspiredClick on the links to find out more….
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Why Learning Trays?
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Learning Tray – Threading Beads

Fine Motor Learning Tray Activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What the Activity Involves?
Threading beads onto pipe cleaners is a fabulous fine motor learning tray activity for toddlers and kids.  It is so simple to set up, colourful, engaging and is sure to grab the attention of any child!
The Threading Beads Learning Tray involves the child threading beads onto the pipe cleaners.  It is a repetitive activity that requires concentration and fine motor control and coordination.
What you will need? 
Threading Beads
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
You will need a tray, pipe cleaners and threading beads that will fit over the pipe cleaners. I cut our pipe cleaners in half to create more and presented them on the tray glass jar with beads in a bowl for easy access and organisation.
Tip: To stop the beads threading off the pipe cleaner, we slightly bent one end of the pipe cleaner so it was thicker and prevented the bead coming off. 
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Learning opportunities:
  • Fine motor control
  • Hand and eye coordination
  • Concentration and problem solving
  • Determination and perseverance to accomplish a task
  • Colours and patterns
This post is part of our Learning Trays Series, click on the links below to find out more….
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What is a Learning Tray?
Why Learning Trays?
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Planting a Garden

Imaginative Play - Planting a Garden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imaginative play would have to be one of my most favourite kinds of play.  I love how children can freely explore an imaginary world and benefit so much from it. 
We have been spending a fair bit of time in our garden with the beautiful warm summery weather.  As a follow on activity to our Spring Play Dough and to re-enact our time spent in the garden I thought I would set up this invitation to play imaginatively, Planting a Garden.
My girls spent hours planting, re-planting, weeding, sprinkling seeds and watering their imaginative play garden.
 
You can find out more about what imaginative play is and how to encourage it with kids by following the link: What is Imaginative Play and How to Encourage it?
What you will need?
Planting a Garden 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We have re-used our Fake Flowers from our Create a Scented Spring Play Dough Garden Activity and the Styrofoam is recycled from a cardboard box from a parcel we received.
Planting a Garden 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To create an imaginative play garden, you press the firm wire stems from the fake flowers into the Styrofoam.  Miss 2 had no trouble pressing them into the Styrofoam but if this is of a concern, you can always pre-make some holes for your child to place the flower stems into. 
This activity is such a wonderful way to also practice those fine motor skills!
For older kids, such as my Miss 5 and 6, they created flower garden patterns, alternating certain flowers to create patterns of colours and flower types.
Planting a Garden 4
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Miss 2 pretending to water her garden that she created with the Styrofoam and fake flowers.  She was also making swishing sounds to go with the watering, priceless!
Planting a Garden 5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The magic of imaginative play….. Miss 2 sprinkling her garden with flower seeds from a small container and Miss 5 watering them into the ground.
 
Learning Benefits of Imaginative Play:
  • It provides opportunities for children to identify with the adult world.  Practise and role play their understanding and interpretation.
  • Develop social skills: practising negotiation skills, turn taking and sharing. Provides opportunities for working out problems and experimenting with solutions.
  • Emotional development: Understanding and expressing their feelings through the re-enactment of certain experiences.  Taking on roles that encourage discipline and empathy.
  • Encourages imagination: Children can be anyone and do anything in the pretend world.
  • Develop language skills: practising listening, looking and talking.  Being spoken to and talking with other people, also developing an understanding of what is being communicated through body language such as smiles and nodding.
  • I also believe that imaginative play is a great way for children to relax and unwind from their busy lives.
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