Pegs (clothespins) are such a versatile resource. Cheap, readily available in most households and a wonderful tool for developing fine motor skills. As part of our A-Z Sensory Play series we couldn’t resist creating a Peg Sensory Bin.
Setting up the activity took literally seconds. I collected a variety of different style pegs we have collected over the years and placed them into our green sensory bin. Our collection was made up of bird pegs, foot-shaped pegs and handmade wooden painted pegs.
Clothespins are incredibly easy to paint and mess free too. Simply place them into a zip-loc bag, squirt in paint, squash the bag around until the paint covers the pegs and then empty them out onto a tray lined with baking paper.
Alongside the peg sensory bin I also have a variety of resources we could use alongside the pegs. These included two jewelry tree, one plastic and one wooden, handy hand cut outs and paper chain boys cut out individually.
My son first spotted the bird pegs. It was because these were numbered. I had previously added numbers with a permanent marker pen. Whilst he sorted the bird pegs he also ordered them in the correct number order. We moved the peg sensory bin to one side so he could attach the pegs to the jewelry tree. He placed the odd numbered pegs onto the black plastic jewelry tree and the even numbered pegs onto the wooden tree. The trees were a great resource to use as they were sturdy and my son didn’t have to hold them still.
Next he turned his attention to the foot pegs and the paper chain boys. He realised he could add two foot pegs to each boy. He sorted the pegs so that each boy had the same coloured feet.
After all the foot pegs had been added, my son noticed that if the pegs were positioned correctly the boys could stand up independently.
The hand cut-outs came in usual for colour sorting and counting. My son added the same colored pegs onto each hand whilst counting how many pegs he had used. He needed some support to hold the handy hand because the pegs weighted the fingers down too much.
As he was adding the last coloured peg to the handy hand my son said that the pegs could be used as hair for the paper chain boys. We tried it out. The paper chain boy wouldn’t stand up independently but he still looked great.
We created so many activities just from the simple resource of the household peg!
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