5-minute craft: Reuse a Plastic Container and Improve your Toddler’s Fine Motor Control Using Pom-Poms.
I have seen my little one become easily frustrated with the shape sorter we bought from the store. You know the one that you have to orient the shapes correctly before they go into the slot.
It seemed a little too advanced for younger toddlers and I wanted a transition toy.
This is very simple to make and reuses a plastic container (Yeah!). I used an empty applesauce container with a removable inner metal lid. With this I am left with a clear plastic bottle and a screw top with a big opening. I found a piece of cardboard from other packaging that matched the color of the lid. And, here is what I did.
This toy helps with,
- Fine motor skills. Small hole requires precision for little hands bun not proper orientation to use as all the balls fit in the hole.
- Object permanence (they can see where something goes)
*Warning: Don’t use Pom-Poms if your little ones tend to put things in their mouth or eat them. Use larger objects/toys and make the size of the hole large enough to fit the larger toys. Adult supervision is always recommended when using these toys.
Here is what you’ll need:
Step 5: Success! Playtime with this toy lasted 20-30 minutes.