Summer is here and often I here, I’m bored! I keep several of the toys in the house away for a few months before summer. I pull them out when it is rainy or to hot to get out or they are just bored. I thought I would show you three of our favorite toys for fine motor and being creative.
After the girls out grew our potato head but still liked to create things, I was introduced to Zoomorphs. I love that you can be creative and give fine motor at the same time. The pegs are smaller than with the potato head and more options to create new and different animals. This develops fine motor skills and gives them something to play with after they create their item. You can create the original animal or create any one you want. You are creative and building fine motor skills at the same time.
Fun challenges you can do with the Zoomorphs
- Create an animal with 6 legs
- Create an animal with no legs and has 2 pairs of wings
- Create an animal with only one color
- Create an animal with 4 limbs that are different
- Create an animal with 2 heads
Another fine motor toy that I really love to have the girls play with is called Plus-Plus. One of the reasons that I like this is that you can create almost anything you want. It also makes great 2D or 3D items. You can be and creative as you want. They are small pieces that you fit together. The packages come with fun ideas that you can try and make. I like these are much as the girls do. It works great for fine motor. They are working with small pieces to put together. You can see an example of flower and butterflies that was made and a spiral. If you want a fun toy that will keep your going for hours this may be the one. I love to play with them as much as the girls do.
Fun challenges you can do with the Plus-Plus:
- Make letters of the Alphabet
- Make Numbers
- Make a creation that stands up
- Make a plane
- Make a pair of glasses
- Make a crown
A new addition for the summer to have is HexActly. They are combinations of hexagons sets. We saw these after looking at some fun hexagon pattern quilts. I like that you have to be creative in what you creative. They are wood and not magnetic. This gives you ways to learn to stack and build fun new ideas.
Fun challenges you can do with the HexActly
- Create as tall of a tower as you can
- Create 3 different hexagons
- Create 1 big hexagon
- Create a big standing wall using all the pieces
- Create a flower
- Create a sun
After they have made their creation make sure to take some time to do a creative writing about it! See what fun ideas they come up with to write. You can find some writing paper on here on Enchanted Homeschooling Mom or on 3 Dinosaurs.
Looking for other fine motor activities for summer, check these out: