Every time your child’s nimble hands open a jar, box, or cup, they are improving fine motor control as well as hand-eye coordination. There are materials and toys you can give your child to help them improve these skills, and most likely you have the supplies necessary at home to get started!
Today, we invite you to find a collection of jars with screw off tops. Old canning jars, spice jars, or recycled condiment jars work perfectly. The smaller the better, as it can be difficult for your child’s small hand to reach all the way around a wide lid.
Next, place 2-3 jars in a basket or on your child’s toy shelf. When showing them the first time, carefully screw off the lid, moving slowly, and make a surprised and pleased expression at opening the jar. Bring some excitement to the event by exclaiming “It’s open!”
Invite your child to open and close the jars whenever they would like. Change the jars out every once in a while to keep interest.
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