1) Peeling oranges
Letting your little one take the time to peel their own orange is an excellent way to work those little fingers, promote independence as well as keep them busy for a few minutes! The skills used to grasp, pull, and peel the orange enhance not only fine motor skills but also problem-solving skills!
2) Pick up rice with tweezers
If your child is old enough to maneuver tweezers safely, this is a fun and engaging activity they’re sure to enjoy! Pour a small amount of rice into a bowl and have your child pick each grain up, one at a time and transfer to another container. Another fun variation of this is to have your child trace an image with the grains of rice (like a coloring page or letter cut out.)
(If your child isn’t ready for tweezers quite yet, a natural variation of this activity can be done with salad tongs and dry pasta!)
Threading provides an excellent opportunity for concentration and patience. Your child can help search for items they can thread onto yarn or string, some of our favorite ideas include cereal (cheerios or fruit loops,) beads, rubber bands, dry pasta, and buttons!