My 1.5 year old little gal has a very unique character that is almost not influenced by her brother or by us. Initially I thought she will enjoy playing her brother's toys but she shows very little interest in his activities! She prefers to play by herself and read story books. Hence sometimes I take her independence for granted and tend to be more relaxed in engaging her. I've trying to be more purposeful in scheduling my time so as to make sure I've quality one-to-one time with her in the mornings. Here are 5 fine motor skills activities that we've enjoyed together using everyday materials. We didn't really need to buy any toys for her :)
POM POM SCOOP
Just with a simple spoon to practice scooping pom poms from a bowl for self-feeding. Noe also balanced the pom pom on the spoon, walked to another bowl and dropped it in there. We had lots of fun with this relay!
STRAW THE COLANDER
I didn't really have a small colander, so I used a basket with holes. And then Noe tried to stuff as many straws into the holes. Interestingly she was more interested in poking her fingers through the holes instead.
MINI TREASURES IN A BOTTLE
Surprisingly this is her favourite. I've no idea why and I get bored with her wanting to open the bottle, take out the little treasures (like pebbles, glass beads, pasta), putting them back again, closing the bottle. And the cycle goes on!
PAINTING WITH EVERYDAY TOOLS
For a kid to manage a paintbrush at this age can be rather boring and difficult. Your paintbrush will also end up spoiled. So I gave Noe random tools like old toothbrushes, sponge and bottle caps to paint a milk carton box when her brother was painting one as well (for the DIY Flower Pot Holder).
MILK CARTON WINDOWS
This has been an all time favourite with Nat and Noe. Although Nat loved it more than Noe. Noe had to try to fill the milk carton with straw pieces by putting them through the windows and doors that I cut out. The fun part is trying to shake them all out again!