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Tong Pick Up

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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

Last modified on Sunday, January 25, 2015
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