Counting dots and a fine motor activity for preschoolers
Using tweezers to hold and transfer objects like pom-poms, beads or beans is great fine motor activity for preschoolers. I didn’t have pom-poms at home so we used black eyed bean for our play. Instead of just transferring the beans from one container to another, I wanted to make the activity little challenging for our 34 months old.
Activity: I took 6 muffin liners (paper cups) and marked dots from 1 to 6. Skandha had to count the number of dots in each cup and place the corresponding number of beans in it. He should use the tweezers to lift and transer the beans to the cups. Since this was the first time our LO used tweezers, I didn’t want to strain him and limited the counting to 6 instead of 10.
Aim: Small motor focus and preschool math.
The black eyed bean was very small and did slip away as Skandha tried to hold and lift it. Poor LO was frustrated for a while and then got the hang of it! Now that he has mastered the skill (using tweezers) he keeps asking me for “sundal activity” lol!! (Sundal is a south Indian dish prepared using beans/lentils )