Nature block stack will get your toddler outdoors and strengthen small hand muscles.
I title this gem Nature Block Stack, and we’ve played for years.
When I say toddler fine motor activities do not have to be complicated, I mean. We scooped up some of our favorite wooden lacing blocks and headed outdoors to have some fun.
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Fine motor activities are ways to strengthen hand muscles.
Helping toddlers gain muscle control will help with:
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You can help your toddler with fine motor skills with simple activities such as this.
Have your toddler practice fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination with this introduction to threading. Rather than using string and beads, we took some wooded shapes with holes outside to thread through sticks.
I began by handing the blocks to my toddler, and I wanted him to touch the blocks and get a feel for their different sizes and shapes. I intentionally chose different sizes and shapes to allow him to change his grip with each block.
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After my toddler had a feel for the blocks, I then took a stick and placed it vertically into the ground for my two-year-old to practice his hand-eye coordination.
Each time he picks up a block, he is grasping it with his fingers. This practice helps prepare for pencil grip when he is older.
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Next, I added a stick that looked fairly similar and placed it vertically into the ground.
The purpose of the additional stick was to have Hayes transfer the objects from one stick to another. These blocks are just some of our favorite toddler toys that we have!
As my toddler mastered the exchange of objects from one stick to another, I added two more sticks.
This time, I chose sticks with a different design and texture to see how he would manipulate the object to fit on the stick. I especially loved the stick that had a curve. My toddler had to find the hole in the stick and align it just right to slide down.
We played this game earlier in the week, and since then, my two-year-old has asked to play again and again.
He reaches for the different objects and points to the spot we played in our front yard. The activity improved his hand-eye coordination, allowed the muscles in his hands to become stronger, and enjoyed our one-on-one time.
This fine motor activity doesn’t require many supplies!
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- Wooden lacing blocks
- Sticks from outside