Two weeks ago, my nephew only had his eyes on his lacing toys. And as I’ve explained in a previous post, lacing activity has a lot of benefits to toddlers who are just developing their fine motor muscles.
That is why I was glad that he took a liking to the toy. 🙂
But this week, the lacing toy finally lost its wonder. They are no longer Seb’s favorite toy. (My sister and I already expected this.)
Seb has now moved on to KITCHEN TONGS!
The other day, when we went to Japan Homes, my sister bought kitchen tongs for Seb (as per big sister’s recommendation. Ehem!) 😛
The kitchen tongs that my sister bought has rubber at the end so it’s fairly safe for Seb to play with it.
It was love at first sight for Seb when he first caught a glimpse of the tongs!
Since that day, he always has his kitchen tongs on hand. It has become his constant companion in all of his plays.
He would use the tongs to get his toy cars and transfer his miniature animals. He uses it to point to objects when inside the house. And he uses it to explore when he’s outside.
My sister wasn’t able to escape the tongs, too. As her nose also got pinched! 😀
And just this morning, Seb unknowingly did a Montessori activity! He transferred stones using the tongs.
At the moment, we don’t have a structured activity yet using the kitchen tongs (although Seb has already started this morning with his first transferring activity.) We just want him to be familiar with it and just enjoy.
But soon, we will already introduce some Montessori activities to him using the tongs.
As a teacher, I know that kitchen tongs are beneficial for the development of toddlers’ fine motor skills. And the more purposeful the activity is, the more skills are targeted.
I highly recommend that children -as early as toddler-age, be introduced to this very versatile household item. Just make sure that the material is kid-safe!
I have a number of activities for Seb using kitchen tongs. And I can’t wait for him to work on them. And of course, I’m also excited to share it with you all.
But for now, we’ll just let Seb use the tongs whichever way he likes.
Introduce kitchen tongs (made of kid-safe materials) to your toddlers.
It’s good for fine motor skills development.
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