What to do with this activity?
Plastic kitchen tongs can make a great toy for your toddler. Using tongs is quite difficult, but it's great practice to develop control of finger and hand movements. Good dexterity and hand-eye coordination are important skills when learning to write as they grow older.
Make it fun. Let your child have a go at picking up small stuff you have around the place - small pieces of food or whatever. Get lots of ideas from Mama OT here.
Why am I doing this?
Learning to move, reach and grasp helps children develop the muscles and skills to scribble and learn to write when they get older. Body awareness and learning to do big movements (like crawling and walking) and small movements like the pincer movement (where you lift up things with your index finger and thumb) are important parts of your child's development. It is part of awakening and developing your brain. For your young child, reaching for objects helps build their coordination and will help them hold crayons later on.
How can I do more?
Have fun with your child dancing to music. This helps their coordination. If your child is moving their arms or body at all they are dancing!
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