A brainwave hit me and I realised a very common household item — sealing clips for snack bags — works very well for this hammering toy.
Colourful Hammer Fine Motor Play for Young Toddlers!
- I recycled an empty cardboard box. Using a penknife, make small holes and enlarge using a pair of scissors until IKEA BEVARA sealing clips can fit through (you can also use straws if you don't have the sealing clips. I like using the IKEA BEVARA sealing clips because there is a rectangular end that poses resistance to being pushed through the hole, and that adds a notch of challenge to young toddlers)
- Place the IKEA BEVARA sealing clips mid-way into the holes
- Place a toy hammer beside the cardboard box for your toddler to use if she wishes (she might like to only use her hands and that's perfectly fine!)
Gwen loves to take out the sealing clips by opening the lid of the box on her own after they fall through the holes. This independent play could take place for 5 to 10 minutes since she's able to repeat the posting activity on her own.
Benefits of Hammering & Posting
- Fine motor workout
- Hand-eye coordination
- Reinforce object permanence concept
- Build awareness of size, shape and volume which is important for maths skills
Early Learning Possibilities with this Toy
- Teach Colours. Colour around the holes with a permanent marker and encourage your child to match the colour of the sealing clip with the colour around the hole before hammering and posting.
- Teach Numbers. Number the holes with a permanent marker and stick numbers onto the sealing clip with some tape. Encourage your child to match the numbers on the sealing clip with the numbers near the holes before hammering and posting.
- 20 Seconds Challenge. Take a stopwatch or hour glass. Challenge your child to hammer or post all the clips into the box before time runs out!
To follow Gwen's play adventures, check out @miraculove_sg (Instagram) or A Toddler Activity A Day Facebook Group.
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