When I spotted Gummi Carrot Candy, I knew immediately they would make a fantastic resource for fine motor skills. They were solid enough and the perfect size to pick up with fine motor tools. Using an egg carton, I was able to set up our Carrot Fine Motor Play activity within a couple of minutes.
I placed a green dozen egg carton upside down and used a skewer to make holes in each section. I then made the holes slightly larger by pushing a knife into the hole and twisting the knife. Once I had 12 holes I pushed a Gummi carrot into each hole. Can you spot that my son found the Gummi carrots whilst I was setting up the activity so we were left with only 11 carrots!
I gave my son a selection of fine motor tools to explore the Carrot Fine Motor Play activity. These included the Gator Grabber from our Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set, a purple Jumbo Tweezer and our CleverstiX, which are brilliant child sized, training chopsticks.
My son immediately went for the Gator Grabber and started to harvest the carrots. He needed to hold down the egg carton with one hand whilst using the Gator Grabber to pull the carrot in the other. If he didn’t do this then he simply lifted the entire egg carton instead. Within a few goes, he was able to pull the carrots out quickly.
Once each carrot had been harvested he wanted to have another go. The Gummi carrots easily slotted back into the holes and my son was able to repeat the activity over and over again.
It wasn’t long before Daddy wanted to join in the fun. The two had a race to see who could harvest the most amount of carrots. My son used the purple Jumbo Tweezer whilst Daddy used the CleverstiX. It was surprising the levels of competitiveness this activity created. As soon as each game ended they were slotting the carrots back into the holes in order to play it again.
Who knew Gummi carrots could be so much fun and help develop fine motor skills!