After seeing Hello, Wonderful's post about using kitchen whisks for toddler fine motor activities, I was awestruck that kitchen whisks can do so much more than swirling cake mixture around (or lying in a forsaken corner of the kitchen drawer haha.)
I was excited to try this fine motor activity with Gwen! Since I didn't have pom pom balls on hand for the activity, I substituted with items I have in my crafts box and pantry, namely...
I found that it ups the challenge when the ribbon is weaved round the whisk. It'll take effort and concentration for little ones to untangle them.
In the future when I repeat this activity for Gwen when she's older, I would be able to tailor the difficulty level of this activity to a higher problem-solving level by doing a more complicated weave.
Right now at 14 months, Gwen's quite short on patience (a family trait, oops), so I simply balled up the ribbons and shoved them into the whisk for her to pull each ribbon out by herself. I repeated this until she got bored of the activity (5 mins).
I left the whisk and ribbons lying around in her play area and at a different time of the day, I spotted her examining the whisk and trying to pry it open to stuff the ribbons back!
I'm big on sensory play with Gwen so I thought of using colourful pasta pieces which Gwen has tried in the cooked form, but hasn't touched in their uncooked state.
I placed the colourful pasta pieces into the whisk. Gwen tried to wave the whisk around so all the pasta would fall out (hah, she found a shortcut!) and then she started to pick out and place back the remaining pieces.
Verdict for this Kitchen Whisk Fine Motor Activity!
I think young toddlers are programmed to love putting items in and out of containers, so I'm glad this activity appealed to Gwen! I just wished she'll have a longer attention span for the activity the next time.
- I kept a close eye on Gwen when doing the activity with ribbons and pasta because they're suffocation and choking hazards
- I set up a small bowl at the side so Gwen would instinctively think of doing object transfer from whisk to bowl (which is recommended by Hello, Wonderful too!)
- I used a child-friendly whisk i.e. the flexible silicon type so it could be pried open easily by little hands as opposed to the metallic ones
Another fine motor activity that's great is a DIY Tugging Box!
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