I’d been meaning to pull out this little activity for a while now and just never got around to it. I actually had forgotten all about it until Graham found the parmesan shaker in our activity box and asked what it was for.
A great simple fine motor skill activity – tooth pick push!
You get a box of tooth picks – WinCo had a huge box for under a buck which was great for this task. We can keep these separated out from our regular kitchen supplies making it easier to play. You’ll also need a parmesan shaker or another container with holes big enough for toothpicks to pass through. I found one at the dollar store and have since kept one of our regular emptied shakers from our kitchen supplies.
The task is simple. Pick up a toothpick and put it through the hole letting it drop into the container.
I was pretty surprised how in to the activity the boys were – even at three years old they were fascinated by it and it kept them busy for a good twenty minutes while the rest of us did work in the kitchen.
Graham liked turning the shaker over and shaking them out to start again. And both boys liked noticing how dropping the picks into a glass container sounded different from the plastic container.
Miles was the first to call the picks inside the container a “bird’s nest” and now they both say they want to make a nest when they’re talking about this little activity.
It was a great reminder for me to keep doing these kinds of activities with the boys. They’re older now and the task isn’t much of a challenge for them but still holds their attention long enough for me to get some kitchen work done or to enjoy some quiet activity time. There are so many great tot fine motor skill activities on Pinterest meant for young kids. Don’t hesitate to try them out for your preschoolers too!