Nurturing their preschool-aged child is a top priority for many parents. There are various schools of thought about how much independence a young child should have and what types of activities they should be able to do themselves. Each child is different; however, most children love to play games and learn new skills. Encourage your child to build skills with these items found around the house.

Tongs

In almost every preschool from a two-day-a-week mother’s day out to a full Montessori preschool Sammamish WA, children will have opportunities to work on their fine motor skills. Even though you may not have expensive play equipment at your house, you can still help your children practice with a simple set of plastic or wooden salad bar tongs. Show your child how to make them pinch together to hold things and then set them up transferring items from one bucket or tray to another. Start with small stuffed animals or balls of socks which are easier to grip. As your child gets more proficient, have them try with small rocks, glass beads or Legos.

Scrub Brush

Children love to play in water, so why not encourage this activity by teaching them how to clean? Set your child up standing on a chair at the sink or with two plastic tubs in the yard. Show your little one how adding a squirt of soap makes bubbles and fill the other tub with clear water. Gather some toys such as plastic animals, Matchbox cars or sand box equipment. Demonstrate how to use the scrub brush on the “dirty” toys and then how to rinse them in the clean tub. Before you know it, you might have one less chore to keep up with!

Old Cards

If you hate throwing away old Christmas cards, use them as sewing cards for your preschooler. The thick paper is perfect for practicing this fine motor skill. Cut off the front of the card or just the design in the middle. Use a hole punch to punch all around the card. Thread a large embroidery needle with yarn knotted at one end or use a colorful shoelace. Show your child how to go in and out of the holes. When he or she is finished, hang the ornament on the tree. Old birthday or new baby cards work for this project as well.

Children don’t have to be plunked in front of an iPad to learn. There are plenty of low-key activities that they can do at home that teach independence and encourage fine motor skills.