Dot Stampers are relatively low mess and relatively high excitement! Even matching the lids to the correct bottle color is a learning activity!
If you have an empty can of Puffs (or similar canister, like Pringles), then you have a fine motor skills activity. Use an knife and cut a slit in the lid and provide some poker chips, buttons, or coins. Have your tot carefully drop the items through the opening, delighting in the satisfying “plunk” it makes as it hits the bottom!
Ice cube trays are so versatile! Grab a pile of tiny toys or objects (pompoms, chunky beads, buttons, feathers) and an ice cube tray. Help your tot sort by color into each tiny compartment!
Did you know that paint chips are free?! Home Depot carries the Disney line, which means that you can go in and take a few sample colors in the fun Mickey shape! Make it a matching game or, when your tot gets older, try it as a memory game!
Golf Tees and Styrofoam
I promise you this: Your tot will love this activity! Grab a block of styrofoam at the dollar store (The green kind is floral foam. It’s much softer and will make a much bigger mess. The white stuff is less messy but more firm, requiring a little more muscle). Put some tees in a bowl and have your little one carefully push each tee into the foam. Ready to clean up? Use that pincer grip to pull them out!
Written by Jill
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