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Provider Blog — Playing with Nuts and bolts!

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Playing with Nuts and bolts

Nuts and bolts may seem like a simple activity, but it provides children with many great opportunities to explore and build on their skills. 

  • Fine motor skills.

                 * Hand and eye coordination as children grasp and pick their                                 selection of bolts and then attach the nuts and bolts.

                 * Twisting, pinching, rotating give fingers muscles a workout,                                 skills needed later for writing

  • Math skills

                * Giving children a variety of bolts and nuts allows them the                                   opportunity to sort, match, categorize as they make a selection                         and plan how to use them.

               * Create patterns, count and describing of different attributes                                  including size

  • Language skills

               * Back and forth conversation as they work with other children                            

               * Exploration and explanation of their creation and learning to                                 others

  • Creativity

               * So much creativity as children came up with new ways to create                        and play, testing their ideas.

  • Sensory experience

               * Different textures, weights, sizes, and materials can be                                        incorporated, experimenting with touch and sound.

 

Created in collaboration with Stephanie Mckinstry family child care professional and owner of My Caterpillar Club House in Kokomo, Indiana

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