Long before children can start writing, they need to first develop their pre-writing skills. This means strengthening those muscles that will help them have the ability to hold a writing tool. One of my favorites is this toddler fine motor water activity. 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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Toddler Fine Motor Water Activity
What we used:
Water in some sort of bin (we tinted our water with some blue watercolors so it was more visible)
Introducing this activity:
Let them explore the water with the pouring utensils.
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 with a toddler, you can easily set this activity up in the bathtub.
While these types of activities are building strength for future writing, toddlers are simply having fun exploring how water moves using basters.
You will find even more ideas on my fine motor pinboard!
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