There are sometimes when you need an activity that is incredibly quick to set up in order to keep your little one occupied. Today was one of those days.
I needed to iron and therefore had to keep my son distracted. I wanted to develop his pincer grip.
As a bonus, the activity had to begin with the letter S for our A to Z Fine Motor Series. Our Sugar Cube Fine Motor Tower activity ticked all of those boxes.
I challenged my son to see how many sugar cubes he could place on top of each other before the tower fell down.
My son, on the other hand, had other ideas. He wanted to build a tower with two sugar cubes and then knock it down.
Next, he moved on to three sugar cubes before knocking the tower over and then to four cubes etc.
And he repeated this process until he had built a tower using nine sugar cubes.
The activity required him to use his pincer grip. He had to pick up each sugar cube using his index finger and thumb and carefully place it on top of another cube.
Careful hand-eye coordination, concentration, and perseverance were also required. He soon discovered that if he tried to do the activity too quickly then the tower fell down.
Despite creating so many towers, the sugar cubes hardly crumbled at all. Any granules were contained in the second tray so tidying up the activity was easy too.
This will certainly be a fine motor activity that we repeat time and time again. I wonder if next time we will be able to build a sugar wall or sugar building.