Fine Motor Skills, Color Recognition
Fine Motor Skills Toy - DIY Scooper Tong - 7 Days of Play

Fine Motor Skills Toy – DIY Scooper Tong

Are you looking for a budget friendly way to strengthen fine motor skills? This fine motor skills toy can be made out of household materials in minutes and is great for hand strengthening!

Strengthening Muscles with a DIY Fine Motor Skills Toy

Fine motor skills involves the strengthening of the small muscles in hands and fingers. They are critical for so many important tasks like writing, tying our shoes, buttoning, and zipping! We aren’t born with these skills, but there are some fun ways children can strengthen them in their early years! This DIY fine motor skills toy is a great budget-friendly tool you can make!

And if you love this DIY, you have to try our Twisty Pom Pom Drop Game!

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How to Make and Play with This DIY Scooper Tong!

This DIY scooper tong can be made in minutes! Watch the video to see how simple and budget-friendly it truly is! You’ll also see how we paired this DIY fine motor skills toy with a DIY color recognition game!

How to Make and Play with This DIY Scooper Tong!

This DIY scooper tong can be made in minutes! Watch the video to see how simple and budget-friendly it truly is! You’ll also see how we paired this DIY fine motor skills toy with a DIY color recognition game!

The Budget-Friendly Alternative to Fine Motor Skills Toys

This DIY scooper tong is made of recycled materials and readily available household materials! There are some fabulous store-bought products that can help kids strengthen fine motor skills (and I’ll share some top picks below!), but I absolutely love it when we can make our own! It’s a great way to test our children’s ability without making a huge investment. It’s also a great way to show our children that you can make something useful out of everyday objects!

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Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Hot glue 2 craftsticks on each side of 1 clothespin, leaving some space for the fingers to squeeze the clothespin open.

Step 2

Hot glue 2 bottle caps on the inside of the craft sticks so that they close flush with each other.

Step 3

To play the color matching game, place dot stickers inside an egg carton. Make sure to sanitize your cardboard egg carton by heating it in the oven for 20 minutes at 170F.

Step 4

Use the DIY scooper tongs to scoop up pom poms and color match them into the egg carton.

Step 1

Hot glue 2 craftsticks on each side of 1 clothespin, leaving some space for the fingers to squeeze the clothespin open.

Step 2

Hot glue 2 bottle caps on the inside of the craft sticks so that they close flush with each other.

Step 3

To play the color matching game, place dot stickers inside an egg carton. Make sure to sanitize your cardboard egg carton by heating it in the oven for 20 minutes at 170F.

Step 4

Use the DIY scooper tongs to scoop up pom poms and color match them into the egg carton.

Benefits of Everyday Objects as Fine Motor Skills Toys

Strengthening fine motor skills can be tricky! But using tools like this DIY scooper tong can make the process fun and engaging! Other everyday items that can be used for fine motor strengthening include spray bottles, tweezers, tongs, clothespins, droppers, putting coins into slots, and scissors to name a few!

When you approach  these everday objects in a fun way, you can transform them into toys that strengthen fine motor skills. 

Children will be able to strengthen their finger and hand muscles so that they can accomplish important life skills like writing, tying shoes, buttoning, unbuckling, and zipping to name a few!

Benefits of Everyday Objects as Fine Motor Skills Toys

Strengthening fine motor skills can be tricky! But using tools like this DIY scooper tong can make the process fun and engaging! Other everyday items that can be used for fine motor strengthening include spray bottles, tweezers, tongs, clothespins, putting coins into slots, and scissors to name a few!

When you approach  these everday objects in a fun way, you can transform them into toys that strengthen fine motor skills.

Children will be able to strengthen their finger and hand muscles so that they can accomplish important life skills like writing, tying shoes, buttoning, unbuckling, and zipping to name a few!

More Fine Motor Skills Toys

Here are my top picks for awesome fine motor skills toys you can buy!

Tool Set

This set includes 4 different tools including a tweezer, dropper, scissor scooper, and a squeeze scooper!

Busy Book

This fabric book is great for quiet time with many activities including pages dedicated to strengthening fine motor skills.

Large Droppers

This set of large droppers is great for fine motor skills and can be used in many fun STEM and sensory activities!

Mushroom Screw

This wooden mushroom toy with a screw is Montessori inspired and great for fine motor strengthening for toddlers.

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