Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fine Motor Practice with Rocks



It's been a little while since we went outside and set up an Invitation to Play, so while you were in your crib pretending to nap, I gathered up a few items that would be ready when I finally sprang you out of bed!  I found some black aquarium rock from our Day and Night Sensory Bin, assorted rocks from outside, and a few condiment cups leftover from our Picnic Birthday Party. I poked a hole in each lid of the condiment cups, just big enough for the rocks to fit.  Once we finally went outside, I modeled what you could do with the rocks. Then, you took it from there!

*I am very lucky that you keep rocks out of your mouth. 
If you didn't we would probably try this with pom poms or something a bit bigger!


You spent several minutes (almost 30!) simple picking the rocks up and placing them into the different cups.

While you played, we talked about adding "more" rocks ~ cups that contained "a lot" and "a little bit" of rocks ~ rocks that were "inside the cup" and "outside" ~ and we looked at a cup that was "full."

You favored the black aquarium rocks for this activity ~ maybe because it had been a long time since you played with them.

You had a blast shaking them and making music once they were filled to different levels.

I tried to make the holes different sizes, so you were concentrating very hard to try to get this big rock into a smaller opening.  You figured out that it needed to go into another cup.

Once you tired of filling them, we also tried stacking the cups! 

When it got too hot outside, we brought the rocks in and you had fun opening and closing the lids, while pouring the rocks from cup to cup, while making a mess on the carpet! You ended up spending about an hour with this play activity.  This will definitely be one to revisit again.






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13 comments:

  1. This is a great activity for toddlers! I know all of our kids love playing with rocks.

    We'd love for you to link up at our Finished Friday blog party.

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  2. What a lovely & very simple yet oh so educational activity. Thanks so much for adding it to the outdoor play link up & apologies for the issues with your post not showing up at first - we are al new to the code thing & just figuring it all out. Kierna

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    1. Thank you! He had so much fun with it! :)

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  3. Great idea! Must do more things like this with my toddler!

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    1. Thanks! We've been trying to do more of these activities because he enjoys them so much!

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  4. So much fun! And I love all the different variations and vocabulary you were able to discuss! Such a fun idea! He looks like he had a blast! Thanks for sharing on The Sunday Showcase!

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    1. He did have a blast! I love finding concrete examples to help him understand certain concepts. He's been picking up so much lately! :)

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  5. What a fantastic idea!! Totally stealing this someday when I have saved enough condiment cups.

    Thanks so much for linking up to the Outdoor Play Party!

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    1. Thanks, Rebekah! We've been using those cups for so many activities lately! He loves anything that is miniature. :)

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  6. I'm featuring this tomorrow on The Sunday Showcase. I LOL'd about "pretending to nap". :)

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    1. Thanks so much for featuring our activity! :)
      He pretends to nap far too often. Sigh.

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  7. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing with Learning Laboratory :)

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