What does the Claw Grabbing Machine have to do with trying to strengthen fine motor skills? Well, its all about how the child looks at an activity that makes it a success!
I needed a last minute, quick activity for George to do that wouldn’t take long.
We were planning to head out in the morning right away after Henry left for school, but I had to make a quick phone call first and George wanted and activity to do while I was on the phone.
Yay! Great, because that keeps him occupied and I love that he asks to do an activity.
But I hadn’t planned on being around so didn’t have much in mind.
I ended up grabbing some pom poms out of our craft cupboard, along with some clothespins.
I was thinking a simple transfer game that also strengthened his fine motor skills and hands in the process by opening the clothespin as well as hand-eye coordination to pinch the pom poms.
I set out a bowl and put the pom poms in it and a skinny cup [a bottle with a thin neck would work too] for him to transfer the pom poms.
We’ve done a fine motor activity with pom poms using tongs in the past.
George wasn’t too excited until I realized it was much like the claw grabbing machine that you find in arcades. This happens to be the only arcade game my kids have played, and Henry as done it successfully while George has yet to grab a stuffed animal to win.
I mentioned that to George and it was instantly an exciting game to try.
He dipped the clothespin in the bowl to pinch a pom pom.
Pinching the clothespins was actually quite hard for George.
Not all clothespins are created equal. We went through my bag of clothespins to find an easier opening one for him because some were quite stiff.
Once he got the hang of the clothespin he went right at it with no problem. Dipping his ‘claw’ into the bowl and pulling out his prize!
He dropped it in the cup as his prize for later!
It sounds so silly that the same activity can instantly be turned around with a simple wording of what they’re doing. Making it something relate-able to them makes all the difference.
More ways to strengthen fine motor skills:
- 32 objects for strengthening fine motor skills
- 30 materials and activities to promote fine motor skills
- Rubber bands to keep kids busy
- 50 fine motor skills activities for children from Love, Play and Learn
George is 3.5 years old.