Inside: Put together a toddler water activity that is perfect for strengthening fine motor skills. All you need are basters and a container of water, and your kids will be kept busy for quite awhile!
Long before children can start writing, they need to first develop their pre-writing skills.
We introduce basters in our toddler class because the bulb fits nicely in their hands. We demonstrate how to squeeze and release the bulb, moving the water in and out of the baster. This takes great concentration but is such a great (and fun!) way to build those fine motor skills.
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What we used:
- Mini basters (we also used the small squeeze toy from this fine motor set)
- Pouring utensils
- Water in some sort of bin (we tinted our water with some liquid blue watercolor so it was more visible)
Introducing this activity:
Let them explore the water with the pouring utensils.
At first our toddlers used their hands to scoop and pour.
Then, the children will start becoming interested in the basters and droppers.
After modeling how to squeeze the bulb to suck in the water and then release the water, let them give it a try.
Once they get the hang of it, they want to do it over and over again.
Another plus to this activity is that it is very soothing, like all of our water table activities.
If you are a parent at home with a toddler, you can easily set this activity up in the bathtub.
As you can see here, the larger bulbs on the basters fit inside the palm of the hand, the fingers and thumb wrapping around it.
While these types of activities are building strength for future writing, toddlers are simply having fun exploring how water moves using basters.
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