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,

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