Winter days may technically be shorter but with lots of hours indoors we need to fill our time with engaging and motivating activities for our little ones. We set out this "snowball" cotton ball fine motor activity at our snow themed sensory play date!
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We used a mini-muffin tin, an ice cube tray, cotton balls, measuring spoons which are perfect for tiny hands to use as scoops, and Melissa & Doug velcro chop sticks.
My friend Megan's 13 month old was the most interested. If an activity is a good developmental fit for a child, it will capture their attention causing them to repeat the steps over and over. This was evident when the youngest toddler played with this more than the older ones.
The kids are working on adding one cotton ball per one section of the tin or ice cube tray. One to one is a pre-counting math skill as children will recognize later that one numeral represents one item. When we count, we say one number per object.
Fine motor skills are in full affect as we work on aiming, scooping, dumping, and picking up the cotton balls.
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