Fine Motor Skills for Fall Using Tweezers

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We use tweezers a lot in our preschool to build fine motor skills. During the fall, one of our favorite fine motor activities is tweezing Indian corn. Have you ever tried this? It takes great concentration to focus on tweezing one kernel from the cob. Some kernels release easier than others. This can be a great tray activity for one child for a few children. Once those kernels are released, you can find more activities to use the loose kernels!

 

 

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 Pulling those kernels from the cob can be a great challenge!
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  1. Sheryl,
    Do you do this activity with your 2’s also?? I bought some Indian corn awhile back and I have some left over from some painting we did. Wondering how well the little ones do with the tweezers :)
    Thanks,
    Michelle

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  3. How do they get so colorful ? I’m afraid we don’t have this in Norway…We have corn, but I have never seen something called indian corn….and I have never seen corn beeing so colorful…Torild

  4. Where did you find your tweezers? Christi

  5. Michelle – I haven’t done this activity with my 2’s because I think it would be too hard to manipulate the tweezers. However, some Indian Corn’s kernels pop off easily, allowing the children to sort of pluck them off with their fingers. That would probably work for 2’s. You’ll want to select corn with some space between the kernels.

    We used regular eyebrow tweezers for this activity. The Pre-K 4’s teacher had this pair and I loved the vinyl-coated handles.

    Not sure about why or how Indian Corn is so colorful or where it’s available. Guess I better do my homework! :)

    Sheryl

  6. The Hooligans LOVED plucking the corn OFF the cob this fall. I never even thought about having them use tweezers! Next year!

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  8. Were the corn cobs dry or fresh? Where do you purchase them? I am in California. I really like the handled tweezers too. Where did she come across those?

    • Hi Holly – in Oregon we can purchase the corn cobs in grocery stores during the fall season. They are dry. Unfortunately, I am not sure where the tweezers were purchased, as they were given to us. :(


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