Thursday, April 2, 2009

Preschool At Home: It's Hammer Time! Haba Nailing Activity for Fine Motor Skills

You can't touch this...
Okay, now that I've got that tune stuck in your head, as well as mine,
I can continue my post.

Between bad weather and sick kids,
we spent a lot of time stuck inside the house for the past two months.
I realized I was going to have to start organizing some more novel activities to keep the girls occupied.

Their brains were beginning to get mushy from watching
a million episodes of Arthur and Little Bear on the DVR.

I decided the Mini Saurus might be big enough that we could try our Haba nailing game again.
It's been in the "choking hazards" bin in our garage since our move last winter.

I don't know what this game is actually called...
It comes with little wooden shapes (with pre-drilled nail holes),
a wooden hammer, a piece of cork board, and mini nails.

I let the Frog Princess use my small "real" hammer so we could give the wooden one to Mini-Saurus.
Then I dug up a scrap of foam core from my art studio so they could work on their own pictures
and keep the peace at the kitchen table.

End result:
Two Happy Kids, No TV, and
45 minutes of learning, art, and entertainment.
One cup of hot coffee for mom. My kind of a morning.

You can do this too:
I used to do this project with the frog princess when she was small.
We would get out her play tools set, a block of Styrofoam, and some wooden golf tees.
She would have a blast hammering her "nails"

For another fine motor activity, check out our golf tees and marbles activity here.

Pink and Green Mama,


EntertainingMom said...

We have a magnetic version of that and everyone here loves it!

Jen said...

Neat! I've never seen this before. My girls would absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing!

Creative and Curious Kids!
God's Shining Stars

Miko's Girl said...

Your house is so fun. I've not seen anything like that before.

Dawn said...

My son would absolutely love this activity. My kids might be in danger of getting mushy brains this week...spring break hasn't worked out quite like I'd planned.

dongdong said...

we love that too. We saw this at our previous Montessori school.

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Mom and Kiddo said...

My son pretty much loves anything with a hammer.

Learning Adventures said...

I love this toy, I use it a lot with my daycare. I had no clue what it was for the longest time, i just got the shapes in a big ziplock baggy from a garage sale. Once I saw someone on a montessori blog using them properly i was so glad that i had picked them up!

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