Beach Baby played the most exciting game the other day. Well, to her it was, at least.
Since I told you about my realization that she is ready for some more intentional activities, I’ve been trying out some of Beach Girl’s old favorites. This activity has turned into a favorite and I thought y’all might like to join the fun – especially since it’s free and uses things you probably already have on hand.I gave her an empty wipes container and a bunch of assorted shapes (ours came from this Melissa & Doug Beginner Pattern Blocks, but any small, non-chokable objects will do). I showed her how to put the shapes in and she had a blast putting each of them in one at a time.
The real excitement came, though, when I showed her how to reach in and pull each shape out! She happily (and with much concentration) put the shapes in and out of the container for at least 15 minutes.
To her, it’s just a fun match for her desire to put things in and out of a container, but doing this activity also is helping her develop 3 things:
- Pincer grip (which is the way of grasping an object with her thumb and forefinger and will later help her hold a pencil correctly) as she picks up each shape.
- Small muscle movement (also known as fine motor skills) as she finagles the shape into her hand and then into the container and then takes it back out again.
- Object permanence (the concept that things exist even when we can’t see them) as she reaches in to take the shapes she can’t see back out of the wipes container.
All in all, I’d call this an excellent activity – free, easy, fun, and educational! And, it allows me and Beach Girl to play our new favorite game for preschoolers.
Do you have any favorite baby games?
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