Nuts and Bolts

An inexpensive activity that promotes the development of motor skills is to play and experiment with nuts and bolts.
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Get 3-5 bolts of various sizes, the corresponding washers, and the corresponding nuts. Let your child figure out which ones fit together and practice screwing on the nuts.

I started with 3 of them for B. I wish I would have started with just 1 until he got the hang of it. He had a hard time getting the nut started at the top so he got frustrated. After he got the hang of it, it was really fun for him. They do sell plastic nut and bolt kits for the same purpose, but this was cheaper and the real thing so he could be “just like dad”.

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  • Reply Cindy

    I even got some wing nuts for my little man b/c he so loves working with the nuts and bolts. Hope you guys are having fun.

    October 27, 2009 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Mama Jenn

    GREAT IDEA!!!!! I am DEFINITELY going to have to raid my husband’s tool box!!!!

    October 27, 2009 at 9:37 pm
  • Reply The girl who painted trees

    I’ve a post about nuts and bolts scheduled later in the week! LOL! I could only scrounge up one nut and bolt from the toolbox however. My husband needs to tidy it up a bit I think!

    I like the size matching aspect of it and that is what I wanted to do with Bear, but it will have to wait til the next trip to the hardware store.

    October 28, 2009 at 2:21 am
  • Reply Elise

    I like this hands on activity. It allows little ones to problem solve and use trial and error to see what works.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Nicole {tired, need sleep}

    M will love this – I’ll be raiding my husband’s tool box too!!

    October 29, 2009 at 3:42 am
  • Reply The girl who painted trees

    I linked you in my scheduled post (Saturday).

    October 29, 2009 at 9:55 pm
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