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Nuts and Bolts

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Use nuts and bolts to develop a child's finger and hand muscles needed for writing.

Materials Needed:

  • A selection of different sized screws with nuts they will screw into.
  • A plastic nuts and bolts set can be purchased instead. 

What to do:

  • Give child at least a dozen sized bolts and matching nuts.
  • See if they can find the ones that go together and screw the nuts into the bolts.

Hints and Tips:

  • To increase the challenge of this activity try these - beat an egg timer, do it blind folded and beat the clock (time each other and see who can do it the fastest).


Additional Info

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

    For a 3 year old child:

    - Uses hand-eye coordination.
    - Manipulates small objects.
    - Show or tell use of objects.
    - Count 2 or 3 things.
    - Does simple comparing.

    For a 4 year old child:

    - Manipulates small objects.
    - Uses hand-eye coordination.
    - Asks for help when needed.
    - Listens to and understands instructions.
    - Initiates own play experiences.
    - Shares and takes turns.

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

    LO3 - Children Have A Strong Sense Of Well Being

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

    LO4 - Children Are Confident And Involved Learners

    4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving inquiry experimentation hypothesising researching and investigating

Last modified on Friday, February 6, 2015
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