We started this activity with our classic hammering tees activity.
Setting it up to pound into play dough. Here’s how to make homemade play dough.
My genius husband doesn’t like the fact that Louis kept pounding the tees so hard that it hits the table (this doesn’t seem to bother me for some reason). He suggested pounding those tees into the cardboard box we had sitting in the corner.
I didn’t think this was going to be possible, after all, its just a toy hammer and a wooden golf tee.
But I decided to try it anyway.
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Louis tried pounding the tees in on his own, but couldn’t break the cardboard completely to hammer through.
Instead, I took one of the golf tees and just punched a hole bunch of holes right off the bat. (I kind of felt weird doing it like I was stabbing something…)
Once the holes were in place, Louis could line up the tees and hammer them in on his own.
Don’t get me wrong, this is still quite a great fine motor task for little hands!
He had to line up the golf tees and use hand-eye coordination to meet the hammer to the tee to pound it in still.
It was kind of funny when Louis got a whole line of the tees pounded in, when he pounded in one, one of the other tees popped back up.
It only happened because the flaps on the inside of the box were just getting pushed down (they didn’t get a hole punched through that layer) and it popped back up into place, pushing the tee back up. It kind of mimicked the ground hog game where you pop his head! It made for some giggles.
Then, he even ditched the hammer for a while and just poked the tees into the holes. Which put more concentration on his little fingers.
But then… this is where it got fun.
We did something super simple.
We flipped the box on its side.
It was instantly a whole new activity hammering the tees in from the side rather than from up top.
This might just get bumped to one of the 15 of the Simplest Activities Yet! We’ll see.