Counting Manipulatives and Fine Motor Skills
I picked these golf tees up earlier this year during a shopping trip, figuring we would use them for some activity…or actual golfing 😉 They were only a buck for 100 tees. We have these hammers from a Melissa and Doug toy and I thought we could use that to hammer the tees into some egg cartons.
Little Guy used the golf tees (or Golf Teeth, as he called them), to count out how many he needed for the egg carton, learning to count out manipulatives.
He’s working that tripod grasp to hold the tees, pushing them into the egg carton for resistance, building those intrinsic muscles for fine motor dexterity.
Little Guy LOOOOVED this activity! He said, “Mom, when I grow up, I am going to do this because I’m going to be a Dad and Dads hammer.” He has been asking to do the “Golf Teeth Hammer Game” every day, several times a day, ever since.
Look at that Tripod Grasp. This is such a great activity for pre-writing and working on the correct and most efficient way to hold a pencil.
Holding the tee and the hammer provides awesome bilateral coordination (using two sides of the body together) and eye hand coordination. These are needed for so many functional skills in play, dressing, handwriting, shoe tying.
You could do this with a cardboard box or Styrofoam. Putting it on an incline or vertical incline would add an extended wrist for improved grasp on the tee.
We will be doing this activity again, for sure!
~Posted by Colleen