For this simple activity I set out some pony beads in some little dishes, sorted by colour groups (the children can do this step too, of course, for extra learning!) Next to these I set out some coloured pipe cleaners in similar shades to the beads, but not exactly matching, so that they would have to think about which colours were the most similar. I helped them twist over one end so that the beads wouldn’t slip off and then they chose colours that they liked and threaded beads to make strings, caterpillars and jewellery.
Cakie was very proud of her creations and wore them to show daddy when he got home, of course!
What they are learning while they play:
maths: sorting and matching by colour and shades of colour
physical: fine motor control and co-ordination, threading small pieces, pincer grasp, hand:eye co-ordination
phse: concentration, thinking skills, perseverance
creativity: making new creations from combined materials
To see more about fine motor development and activities to help promote this area, watch the Hangout on Air that was hosted today over on G+ between myself, Allison from No Time for Flashcards and Jamie from Hands on as we Grow! You can see us discussing ways to practise these skills at home with the kids.
See more fine motor activities here too!
Read all about the benefits of playing with play dough here.
Bean: 12 mos