Sliding Pegs onto a Rim

Sliding Pegs onto a Rim

Age: 12-15 months

Goal: To develop hand-eye coordination, developing concentration skills, and visual acuity.

Materials: mat, tin (or similar shaped container–I used an old grits container), six wooden clothes pegs


  1. Prepare the work and get out the mat.
  2. With the child facing you and the container between you begin spilling the pegs onto the work mat.
  3. Pick the pegs up holding the top, and slowly put it purposefully onto the rim of the container.
  4. Continue with a few more pegs.
  5. Then invite the child to put on the remaining pegs. If the child begins the activity, let them quietly work.
  6. If the doesn’t begin the activity or seem to know what to do, ask “May I help?” and then gently show them. Once the child gets the hang of the activity allow them to finish by their self.

2 comments… add one

  • Lisa January 3, 2011, 7:24 pm

    This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year 2011.

  • Charissa Jacobson July 2, 2011, 7:36 pm

    I like this idea. I’m finding that when I present a work to my 15 month old daughter she either turns away from it and does something else or she quickly reaches out to grab the objects before I am able to show her the work. When this sort of thing happens I stand back and note to myself that she’s not yet ready. So many things are like this though and I’m starting to wonder if I’m letting her roam around like a monkey, pulling her works off of the shelves to do only that. I’m formally trained for ages 2.5-6 and am really stumped by this toddler stuff. Is she lacking age appropriate concentration that we can help instill in her?

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