Therapy Thursday: Parmesan Cheese Shaker Fine Motor Activity

I love finding ways to re-purpose what I’d normally throw out.  Therapy products can be very expensive, so it’s great when trash gets a new life as a therapy tool.  I cleaned out an empty Parmesan Cheese Shaker and turned it into a fine motor activity for Trevor.

What You Need:

  • Parmesan Cheese Shaker
  • Straws

How To Make It:

  1. Wash your used Parmesan Cheese Shaker and remove the label.
  2. Cut up colored straws into pieces (I cut them into fourths).
  3. Have child insert colored straws into holes in the lid of the container.

This is an awesome fine motor activity, as well as a way to work on colors and counting.  I’ve seen this activity done with toothpicks as well, but I definitely don’t trust my 2-year-old with sharp objects.  However, if you trust your child with toothpicks they can be substituted for the straws.

Trevor has a lot of fun with this.  He also enjoys dumping the straws out of the container or shaking it like a musical instrument.

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