We have reached letter N in our A-Z Fine Motor Play Series. It seemed a wonderful opportunity to use a net within our play. As yet we haven’t explored fishing as a fine motor skill. Our net is designed to be used in a fish tank as it is very small. It was the perfect size for my son’s little hands. Time for some Net Fishing Fine Motor Play.
As we were short on time, I needed an activity that would be easy to set up and clean up afterward. To capture any likely spills, I placed a towel on our table and positioned a sensory bin on top. I filled this with water, added a couple drops of blue food coloring and poured our collection of recycled milk bottle tops into the sensory bin.
We were going to pretend that the recycled bottle tops were fish that needed to be caught in the net. However, any small floating object could be used.
I gave my son the small net and he proceeded to scoop up the floating milk bottle tops. At first, he wanted to see how many bottle tops he could scoop up at one time. Once the net was full, he emptied the net out onto the towel that was covering the table. As soon as he had mastered the skill of using the net to scoop and empty out the bottle tops I made the activity harder.
I placed a container next to the sensory bin. This time, my son had to empty the milk bottle tops into the container from the net. At first, he tried to empty a net that was completely full into the container. This resulted in all of the milk bottle tops falling onto the towel.
He changed his method and scooped up only one bottle top at a time. This way he had more control over the bottle top and the net and was able to successfully place the top into the container.
Our simple fine motor play activity kept him occupied for ages and he kept returning to it throughout the day.
As our small net was so cheap I plan to buy more in the future and repeat the activity on a larger scale in the bath. What a wonderful way to enjoy bath time and develop fine motor skills.
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