Stacking blocks and working on hand strengthening can sometimes be boring or non-preferred for kids, especially those who struggle with fine motor skills.
If this is the case for the kid(s) in your life, try this little fine motor activity. It involves not only grasping and hand-eye coordination, but also sneaks in some hand strengthening and basic bilateral (two-hand) coordination!
These things are all important because they contribute to the ability to complete childhood “occupations” such as self-care (like buttoning, pulling up pants, or squeezing a tube of toothpaste), playing (like engaging with toys with or without peers), and participating at school (like being able to squeeze a bottle of glue during craft time).
Watch a quick video demo of this activity below:
You can find these little ball popper toys in random stores, or you can find them more easily online through Amazon. There are so many different animals to choose from, and they are appropriate for children who will not try to put the foam balls in their mouth, approximately ages 3-4 and up.
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