How do I find time to cook every day? By keeping the kids occupied with kitchen activities for fine motor skills.
Doing any of these activities is more beneficial than putting the kids in front of a TV set, so that you could do your work, undisturbed.
Fine motor skills in small children have a direct connection to their brain development. These skills train the small muscles of the body that enable such functions as grasping small objects, writing and fastening clothing. Weaknesses in fine motor skills can affect a child’s ability to eat, write, type, turn pages in a book, and perform personal care tasks.
Here is a list of 15 activities for you to try:
1. Sorting. Combine dark beans and white beans in a jar. give your child two empty jars and ask them to put the white beans in one jar and the black ones in the other one.
2. Tweezers and seeds. Give your child a dish with different seeds, a pair of tweezers and a few small bowls. Ask the child to pick up different types of seeds with tweezers and sort them by type into the bowls.
3. Spice transfer. I buy my spices in bulk (it’s cheaper this way) and ask my kids to put the spices in smaller decorative jars using teaspoons.
8. Cutting straws. Give your child a lot of colorful drinking straws, a bowl and a pair of scissors. Ask the child to cut the straws in half. Explain what “half” means. Watch carefully as your child is using the scissors.
9. Stringing straws. After the activity #5, use plastic laces and knot the end of one half of a straw. Ask your child to string the straws onto the lace. The child can make a necklace or a bracelet.