Tong Pick Up

Tong Pick Up In Case

By using tongs a child can strengthen their fine motor skills and hand/eye co-ordination.

Materials Needed:

  • Kitchen tongs.
  • Tweezers.
  • Variety of small objects (cereal, chopped up vegetables, cut fruit, sugar cubes, cotton balls, cooked peas, corks etc.).
  • Empty egg carton/small containers.

What to do:

  • Choose a variety of small objects and lay them out onto a tray.
  • Demonstrate to your child, how to use the tongs/tweezers to pick up each of the objects and move them into the egg carton.
  • Give your child some tongs and encourage your child to pick up the objects while using them.
  • Your child will begin to experiment how to grasp, squeeze and move objects from one egg carton to another.

Hints and Tips:

  • Begin this activity with kitchen tongs and then move onto the tweezers.
  • Once your child is able to do this you can add little variations such as having a race or counting how many objects can be moved before one is dropped.
  • Put the objects in a bowl of water and encourage your child to pick up the objects with kitchen tongs from the water.
  • Transfer water from a bowl to a cup using an eye dropper.
  • Chopsticks can be used to pick up objects as well.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 2 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    Established hand preference.

    Increased hand – eye coordination.

    Groups objects according to specific characteristics (size, color, shape).

    Names and identifies objects.

    Observe and imitate adult’s actions.

    Can follow instructions.

    Points to common objects when named.

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play, Manipulative Play
  • Interest Areas: Sensory Play, Toy Table
  • Games Categories: Fine Motor Skills, Indoor Games, Manipulation Games, Quiet Games, Sensory Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 3, Learning Outcome 4
  • Sub Outcomes:

    3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

    4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

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Last modified on Sunday, January 25, 2015
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