For the second day of LEGO week (yesterday we shared a fun way to learn about symmetry with LEGO bricks), I thought we'd share four fun and easy ways to practice fine motor skills with LEGOs.
Image courtesy of La Novia de Villa
1. Pipette Skills
Using water and an eyedropper/pipette, fill the tiny holes of the LEGO bricks. There are fun nooks and crannies on the back sides of each brick as well. :)
A fun challenge for older children is to fill each hole with as much water as it can hold without spilling a drop!
2. Balancing Marbles
Your child can place a marble on every hole or have fun creating patterns. If your child is having too much trouble balancing the marbles on the tops of the bricks, the holes on the bottom are larger and therefore easier to balance marbles on. If you don't have marbles, they could balance small pieces of cereal or pony beads as an alternative.
3. Chopstick/Tweezer/Tong Practice
We don't have any tongs (weird, right?), but we do have lots of disposable chopsticks from takeout. :) So that's what we used here. S had two bowls and the challenge was to move the LEGO bricks from one bowl to the other without dropping them and while only using ONE hand.
4. Balancing Blocks
S had a TON of fun with this challenge - she actually ended up building some really tall towers! The idea is to make building a bit more challenging and difficult by placing the blocks on their side. I added an extra element of difficulty by having S build on the side of a thin wooden block. The taller the tower, the more delicate the move necessary to place the next block!
Check back all this week for more fun ideas for playing and learning with LEGOs!
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.