I love using recycled materials for our fine motor activities. I have the hardest time trashing or recycling something before reusing it! I was going to recycle the cardboard box that our delicious local summer fruit comes in, when I noticed the air holes on the bottom. I knew they’d be the perfect size for some fine motor work 🙂
I flipped the box upside down and presented that along with a bowl of marbles for Trevor to balance in the holes. It was a great way to work on his pincer grasp and hand control.
Our activity table is a five dollar garage sale find, so it has a slight slant. We ended up moving the activity to the floor to get a more supportive surface for the box.
This was a fun, frugal fine motor activity. What materials do you love to upcycle?
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
How To Make It:
- Wash your used Parmesan Cheese Shaker and remove the label.
- Cut up colored straws into pieces (I cut them into fourths).
- 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.