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Fine Motor fun for Toddlers

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Here’s the thing, toddlers are BUSY. It is hard to set up a meaningful activity that they will give their full focus to. This is where this ‘sticky wall’ comes in: it’s engaging and a great way to boost fine motor skills.

This activity is just brilliant for busy mums because the wall can be kept up for a couple of days. Ours was on the wall by the kitchen which meant we could repeat this activity (and others) over a few days.

I’m all about keeping play simple and easy. The sticky wall only took a few minutes to put together which made it a major mum win! You can find out more about how we achieve balance in play here.

 

Materials

For this fine motor activity, you will need:

  • Contact paper
  • Craft sticks
  • Duck tape / painters tape

 

Method

Attach a strip of contact paper (stick side up) to a wall, then fix with the tape. Place coloured craft sticks on to the wall – it’s best to have a range of colours to help with colour recognition and language development.


fine motor activity

 

Benefits

Fine motor skills: this is primarily an activity that works on pincer grip.

Colour recognition: by placing a variety of colours on the wall, you can help your toddler to identify colours.

Speech & Language: by sportscasting / commentating on the activity, you can help your toddler develop their language.

 

Age Recommendations

This works well for children aged 18 months and up as a way to work on fine motor skills. Whilst it might seem too young to be working on these skills, it works as a precursor to pre-writing activities.


pre-writing skills graphic

You can find more activities for tabies and toddlers here.

 

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Sian Thomas

Sian Thomas

Sian is the founder of Teach Investigate Play. She helps parents navigate the early years by providing meaningful and simple activities. She also owns 'Get Set Social Media' - a social media consultancy for small businesses. From the UK, now living in Vienna (via Australia). About page has more!

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