He had a wonderful time playing and developing those fine motor skills in a way that allowed him to feel a great sense of achievement due to the large size of the pasta used and the stability of the Spaghetti in the play dough.
The activity is simple, children poke a small number of spaghetti into the play dough and thread the pasta onto each spaghetti I chose the large 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.
What learning is achieved from this activity?
Children gain so much from completing an activity like this.
Simply place all the marbles in one bowl. This will give you one full bowl and one empty bowl. You might be surprised to see that your child will know exactly what to do and instinctively begin transferring the marbles from one bowl to the other.
This simple toddler fine motor activity is great for a few reasons:
It encourages crossing midline, which means your child is using one hand to pick up the marble and then crosses the invisible line in the middle of her body in order to place the marble in the opposite bowl. The ability to cross midline is an important developmental skill that contributes to the development of hand dominance and higher level motor skills.
It provides the opportunity to practice using a tool to transfer the marbles, such as a spoon. This works especially great if you have a toddler spoon with a deep bowl where the marble can easily rest. Mini salad tongs are also a good tool for this activity.
It provides the opportunity to practice hand-eye coordination and visual tracking, especially if using a spoon.
It teaches your child about how much speed and force to use if she is transferring marbles with a spoon. Too fast? Too forceful? The marbles will go flying.
It provides natural auditory feedback with each “clink” of the marble as they drop in the bowl.