Fine Motor, Mad About Maths

Roll, Count, Choose and Build!

So I am sure every parent of a toddler has a home full of different blocks and bricks to build with – is it just me who rarely has them all out at once?

One afternoon I dared to do so and we had so much fun!

It was a really simple activity…

Paige rolled the dice, she counted the dots and then chose which item she wanted to build with and built her tower. I don’t know whether it was the free choice involved or fact that she was setting her own challenges but she went crazy for this!

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All you need is…

Dice and different building blocks!

As you can see, Paige had a choice from Easter eggs, star links, standard wooden bricks and plastic squeezy blocks. You can obviously build with whatever you think your tiny would love.

What are they learning?

This activity really gave Paige a purpose to count and I have never seen her more engaged at doing so! It is also fantastic at developing their fine motor skills whilst building the towers.

As well as these educational aspects, this is a great opportunity for them to be their own boss and develop their independence.

What could you use to build with?

  • Easter eggs
  • Wooden blocks
  • Building blocks
  • Gears
  • Ice cubes
  • Star links
  • Bristle blocks
  • Magnetic blocks
  • Marshmallows
  • Plastic squeezy blocks

Or many many more…

Would your toddler love to set their own challenges too?

 

 

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Letter of the Week- Phonics Tub!

Have you ever noticed toddlers love to empty things? This activity is perfect for the toddlers who just can’t help themselves – and for once you will be happy for them to empty to their hearts content!

To accompany our letter of the week activities, I fill a tub with items all beginning with that letter. I place it within Paige’s reach for her to explore and play with whenever she chooses. She has loved this and it has been a time saving, ready-made and versatile activity pot for me too!

It takes less than 5 minutes to put together and once it has been organised there’s so much you can do with it to enhance the letter of the week learning.

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So how can you use it?

  • To get them active, you can hide all the items from the tub for them to find, this is probably Paige’s favourite use for it!
  • To link it to literacy, you could tell stories using the items from the tub.
  • As a gross motor activity, you could place a mix of items from the tub with other items beginning with different letters and play a relay game. When we do this I place the objects at the end of Paige’s tunnel and she crawls through to collect the correct items and return them to me. To make it exciting I set her the target of completing this in the time of her chosen song, which I play whilst she is relaying!
  • As a fine motor activity, you could use a scarf, ribbon or string to draw a large letter on the floor and invite your toddler to trace the letter with the items.
  • To test their memory skills, you could hide all the items in a non-transparent bag and see how many your toddler can remember – you might be surprised with how good they are – I was!
  • To develop their language skills, you could place an item in a non-transparent bag and ask them to describe how it feels to you. This could also be presented as a guessing game!
  • To develop their vocabulary, you could place a few of the items on the floor in a line opposite a line of their names and give your toddler string or ribbon to match up the name to the item.
  • For a sensory activity, you could hide some of items in rice, stones or sand and invite your toddler to find them.
  • To get creative you could invite your toddler to draw around some of the items and create a jigsaw for them to complete later.

Or there’s simply drawing, measuring or counting them!

When any of my planned letter of the week activities have been linked to an item in the tub, I have used that item to introduce the activity and reinforce the connection.

As you can see planning this simple tub provides you with endless preparation free activities and so many learning opportunities – your toddler is sure to have a favourite here!

Which activity will you start with?

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Spoonfuls of Sand

Admittedly, I get over-excited sometimes and, after 2 days of sunshine for the first time this year, I just couldn’t help myself with this activity.

It’s a great measurement introductory activity which also develops their fine motor skills, counting and number recognition.

But, is it fun?

Yes, Paige adored this! I can guarantee you will not have any difficulties enticing your tiny to do this!

Basically, you count how many spoons of sand it takes to fill shells and match the shell to the number.

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Simple, fun and educational! Better still, it requires no prep but gathering the materials!

So, what will I need?

  • Sand – It’s your choice whether you use motion sand like we did or play sand. The motion sand held the shells shapes really well and Paige enjoyed creating a beach scene with these.
  • Shells – Varying Sizes.
  • Numbers.
  • A spoon.

You could do this activity indoors, outdoors or even at the beach to keep them entertained.

Other ways of doing this…

  • You could fill building blocks instead – It might actually be fun to try build with motion sand!
  • You could fill sand moulds instead of shells.
  • If you don’t have sand, you could fill them with water or rice instead.
  • To make it more challenging you could put the shells in order of biggest to smallest capacity at the end.

Can you wait until Summer?