Hand and eye coordination is definitely something all of my kids could use some practice with.
None of us are particularly coordinated and unfortunately clumsiness runs in my family (sorry Dad).
My kids have been on a play dough kick lately so I thought it might be fun to add some golf tees and a hammer to the mix for some good practice.
Find more of our fine motor activities here.
This was a rare morning that I had Louis all to himself.
We opened a package of play dough (read how to make homemade play dough here) that I made a long, long time ago. Unfortunately after this activity, we left it out… and now its been thrown away. Amazing how long it lasted though. It’ll be time to make another batch now.
I started Louis along at first. Poking the first tee in the play dough just a tad and then tapping it in the rest of the way with the hammer.
Louis then hammered the rest of the tees in place.
See how Henry had use a hammer and tees when he was Louis’ age.
I noticed he was pushing the tees in most of the way first and then tapping them (but not actually doing anything).
So I then poked a couple tees in place for him, just a little tiny bit, and showed him how to hold the tee to tap it the rest of the way with the hammer.
He eventually figured it out.
And he still has a long ways to go with hand and eye coordination. But this was a good start.
At least no fingers were smashed in the activity. Though I don’t believe a plastic hammer and his own strength would do much harm.
More activities to practice hand and eye coordination:
- Challenge the Kids to Drop the String in the Cup
- Pick up Blocks! A Fine Motor Activity
- 32 Objects That Strengthen Fine Motor Skills