Thursday, 20 November 2008

Montessori pincer muscler exercise

That last post seemed to have hit a chord ;o) I knew I wasn't the only one. Thank you to everyone who left a message, the great thing about it is that now I have some great new blogs to read!

Yesterday, I introduce a new activity, it is a great pincher muscles activity to strengthen those writing fingers. If you want to do it too, you will need
  • polysterene cube - make dotted shapes on each side using a marker pen
  • golf tees
  • marbles
  • pinchers
First we laid everything out on the mat. Then he pushed the golf tees into the cube on the dots that I had drawn. This was quite hard for him at first until he discovered his own technique that worked for him. I had thought about using a hammer but figured we would end up with a smashed up cube!


Once all the tees were pushed in he used the pincers to place the marbles on top of the tees, not as easy as it looks!


It looked pretty cool when it had finished. To make it more difficult for an older child you could mark the tees so they had to be pushed in to a certain height. Also specifying what colour marble should go on each tee would make it more challenging. To put it away, he basically did everything in reverse order. Pulling the tees out really worked those little muscles :o)








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21 comments:

  1. very nice idea...I would love to try this for my son..thanks!!

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  2. I love this idea! We'll try it when we get home from vacation :)

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  3. What a great way to strengthen little muscles! The marbles look pretty darn cute too!

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  4. That's fantastic! we have a golf player in the house, surely be able to find some tees

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  5. That is a great idea!! I'll have to let my 3 year old give it a try, I'm sure she'll love it!

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  6. thanks for that idea... I will see if I can get that stuff here!

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  7. Thanks for the comment Jo! I love this golf tee idea. It really extends the pounding we already do.

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  8. super cute idea - thanks for sharing!

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  9. What a great idea! Sorry I haven't been commenting, I usually stop by once a week or so:)

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  10. I love it! Now i have to hunt for the things to make it!!

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  11. thanks for the post :) I chuckled to myself when you said I didn't look how you imagined. I sometimes think 'what do people think about me and my blog' :) thank you, x

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  12. how vey bonkers, but i lke it, and i like the comment on every blog article too..i agree with you, so thanks for your comment..xx

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  13. Oh this is a great idea! Off again to 100yen shop for the golf tees!Haha
    By the way I've posted about the swap. Come and take a look! ;)

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  14. I love this! Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. I love this!! Where can I buy polysterene cube?
    Thanks

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  16. I love this!!Where can I get the polysterene cube?
    Thanks

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  17. I got mine at the 100 yen store but I have seen them in craft stores too.

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  18. My girls and I have been enjoying this game tremendously and I posted about it (with a link back to you!) on my blog today : )
    Fondly,
    pink and green mama
    MaryLea

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  19. We tried this too and my preschooler LOVED it! Thanks so much for the great idea!

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