We’ve been enjoying some fine motor colour mixing. I love finding ways to modify activities so toddlers can enjoy some creative fine motor play too and this is one of our favourites!
The large squeeze heads of the basters provide a real challenge to developing fine motor skills and Ruby had to practice being able to pull up paint into the baster and hold it until she was ready to release.
Ruby really enjoyed filling the egg carton cups…..
While Tara had lots of fun dropping paint and mixing colours in the trays….
She did a lot of scooping with the spoon and then turning over to drop paint onto the towel….lots of wrist rotation in this activity.
Tara has more control over her wrist and finger movements and really seemed to enjoy using both hands to squeeze in different ways to achieve different results on her paper towel.
A simple activity (as always!) but one that really gave their problem solving, fine motor and eye hand coordination skills a workout!
To extend on this activity you might like to use some smaller droppers like we did in this activity.
This water paint can be reused until it runs out so we have had quite a few days of this activity keeping the girls busy, I just left it set up on the table outdoors…you don’t need to keep using paper towel, the colours running and mixing on the table are lots of fun too! Simple, fun and a workout for those fine motor muscles!
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