Fine Motor: Practicing In and Out

Ages: 18 to 24 months

Materials: work mat, tray, container (with slit in the lid), 10 coins (or poker chips), small jar or container


  1. Prepare the work and get out the mat.
  2. With the work facing the child and the mat between you, demonstrate the activity by taking the coins and dropping them into the container through the slit.
  3. Once all of the coins are in the container, take off the lid and return them to the small container.
  4. Now, invite the child to do the work himself. Help only if the child doesn’t seem to know what to do.
  5. When he or she finishes, have them return the work to the shelf.

*Note: This is an easy homemade activity. Just take a tin, cover the label with paper, and cut a slit in the lid. Voila!

1 comment… add one

  • sadaf imran January 25, 2013, 2:48 pm

    OMG this was a hit with my 20 month old daughter, i had around 100 coins and for one whole hour this kept her busy. I used 1 gallon plastic water bottle and with hot knife i made the slit in its lid. Thanks for sharing1

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