This simple sorting game keeps little ones busy and helps them practice their fine motor skills. It's easy to adapt this game to your child's skill level and learning goals.
Remember that this activity should be challenging, but not frustrating. If tweezers are too difficult to manipulate, your child may not be ready for them yet.
When your child is finished, he or she can continue to practice fine motor skills by stringing the sorted beads to make a necklace, or by gluing them to a piece of construction paper to make a collage.
Cover your work surface with a towel or cloth. This will help prevent dropped beads and buttons from rolling off of the table. Place a clean, empty egg carton next to a shallow plate and spread a variety of small objects in the shallow plate. Go for a variety of shapes, textures and colors. Some suggestions: plastic pony beads, perler beads, small pasta, cut up pieces of straw, rhinestones, sequins, dry beans, rice, cut up pieces of ribbon.
Ask your child to sort the objects into the egg carton. Younger children can use their fingers to pick up the small objects. Older children can try using tweezers or tongs to pick up the items.
You can direct the sorting activity, if you like, by asking the child to sort objects by color or size, or just let the child come up with his or her own system.
This activity uses small objects and is not for kids under 3 years old. Adult supervision required.