Make an adorable fine motor skills game for kids with this eat the carrots DIY fun tray! Simple to put together and fantastic for developing hand strength, hand- eye coordination and counting too.
Here’s a fun fine motor skills game for Spring! We found some lovely Spring themed resources in Poundland and I’ve come up with a few super simple ways to use them in playfyul learning activities. Here’s the first one!
For this fine motor skills game we used:
clothes pegs/ pins
black dyed rice (see my easy tutorial for how to colour rice here!)
a wooden tray (brilliant packaging from this Melissa and Doug food cutting toy!)
I stuck the bunny stickers onto two clothes pegs to become the fine motor tool, aka the cheeky bunnies who want to eat the carrots!
Then we tipped some black rice into the mini compost pots and added one carrot to each, setting them all into the tray which I had lined with tissue paper.
Then they played the bunny eats the carrots game! Pinching the peg/ pin together strengthens the small hand muscles which are important in writing and other fine motor skill development.
Here’s a cute little video of the game in action!
As they played they counted aloud up to 10 and were naturally learning about 1:1 correspondence as they did so.
For older kids you could time the fine motor skills game using a mini sand timer or make two sets and race them against each other!
To increase the learning opportunities ask them to roll a dice and pick out the corresponding number of carrots to match. Then try two dice and make it an addition game too, though you may need to add more pots filled with carrots for reaching the teen numbers!
And here are our other SPRING themed play and learning archives too
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