Today in pre-toddlers, we have been posting pencils through the bottom of a tissue box. It may sound like a very simple activity, but it was an excellent way for the children to practice using their concentration and their fine motor skills.
The pre-toddlers have recently shown an interest in the puzzles and insert boards, so their carers decided to make an activity out of this. They used an empty tissue box and poked holes in the bottom of it very carefully. The carers demonstrated to the pre-toddlers how to push the pencil through the holes in the tissue box. The carers gave the pre-toddlers a pencil and encouraged them to do it too. The carers talked about how the end of a pencil is sharp and can hurt you. They held the pencils with either a palmar grasp or a tripod grip and looked at the box to find the holes in it. Once they had found the holes in the box they pushed the pencil through and it fell out of the bottom of the box. The pre-toddlers looked very happy with themselves and clapped their hands for achieving their goal.
This activity also encouraged the children to take turns and share resources with their peers which is also a very important skill to learn.
Attempts, sometimes successfully, to fit shapes into spaces on insert boards or puzzles. (Mathematics-shape, space and measure-16-26 months).
To extend this activity further, we will be using an empty milk carton and putting holes into the side of it, various sizes. We will then use various sized pom poms to push into the holes. We can talk about the big pom poms and the little pom poms and understand the difference between big and little things too.