Friday, October 25, 2013

Pool Noodles & Pegs Fine Motor Light Table Activity {Fine Motor Fridays}

A few weeks ago I set up this simple fine motor light table activity.  It's pretty random, I think, to combine these materials, but it turned out to be a great activity for the boys.  It kept both boys engaged for a pretty long time and they had a chance to work on their fine motor skills.  J even threw in some math.

Fine motor activity using pool noodles and pegs from And Next Comes L

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Fine Motor Light Table Activity for Kids

This invitation consisted of two items: pool noodle cut into blocks that we used in this building activity and light bright pegs.  I chose to set it up on the light table, which is not necessary.  It just added an extra dimension to the play.

For K, this activity was quite challenging, but he persisted.  His main objective was to just get the light bright pegs to stick and stay standing up in the pool noodle blocks.  You can see his focus and concentration in the pictures below.  He was determined!

K concentrating hard to put a peg into a pool noodle from And Next Comes L

K concentrating hard to put a peg into a pool noodle from And Next Comes L

Close up of fine motor activity using pool noodles and pegs from And Next Comes L

Once J mastered the technique needed to make the light bright pegs stick, he progressed into a math activity all on his own.

J putting pegs into pool noodles from And Next Comes L

Close up of fine motor skills from And Next Comes L

J started lining up some of the pool noodle blocks.

J putting pegs into pool noodles from And Next Comes L

Then he carefully counted the number of light bright pegs he wanted and pressed them into a pool noodle block.

J putting pegs into pool noodles from And Next Comes L

I won't tell you what he did since I think that the pictures say it all.

Close up of pegs being grouped on to pool noodles from And Next Comes L

Close up of pegs being grouped on to pool noodles from And Next Comes L

Close up of pegs being grouped on to pool noodles from And Next Comes L

Yes, he put one peg in one noodle block, two pegs in another block, three in the next, and so on.  I found this extremely fascinating.  And I love how the boys can take two random objects, explore them in different ways, and still surprise me with what they come up with.

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Fine motor activity using pool noodles and pegs from And Next Comes L
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4 comments:

  1. So cool! I need to get me some pool noodles! :)

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  2. I love it when the kids turn the activity into something that you never imagined! It's wonderful how their minds work!

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    1. I agree! I learn so much about my kids' interests when I set up invitations like this. I just never know where they will take it!

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