Looking for a creative way to challenge your Little Pnut’s fine motor skills? Try spaghetti threading!  This is a fun activity that is easy to set up using items that you may already have in your pantry or craft closet!


 
 
 
 

 

 

What You Will Need

  • A few uncooked spaghetti noodles
  • Play dough
  • Small items to thread onto the spaghetti – we have used pony beads, Cheerios, colored pasta, etc.

 

Set Up and Play

Form your play dough into a large ball or mound.  Stick one end of your spaghetti noodles into the ball so you have a giant “porcupine.”  Show your Little Pnut how to thread the small items onto the noodles one at a time.

Variations

Younger Little Pnuts may have more success if you substitute thin dowel rods for the noodles and use larger beads for threading.  To make the activity more challenging, use multi-colored items for threading and turn it into a color-sorting exercise by assigning a different color to each noodle. Work on early math skills by drawing numbers out of a cup and having your Little Pnut thread the corresponding amount of items onto the spaghetti.  For groups of Little Pnuts, make it into a game by using a timer and seeing how many items each player can thread onto the spaghetti in 60 seconds.  The player with the most items is the winner! As always, we are proponents of learning through play, so if your Little Pnuts get bored with the structured activity, let them use the materials for free play – you might be surprised at what they can build with spaghetti and play dough!

 

Developmental Milestones:

This activities focuses on the following Developmental Milestones for your Little Pnuts:

Cognitive Development, Fine Motor Skill Development, Focus and Concentration, Sensory Exploration

 

—Stephanie Haass, Little Pnuts Early Childhood Activities Expert & Blogger, founder of www.two-daloo.com
 

 

Looking for a fun Easter activity for your Little Pnut? Why not try your hand at making some sensory eggs?  Your Little Pnut will enjoy hiding, finding, and examining these eggs over and over again!

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

What You Will Need

  • 1 package plastic Easter eggs
  • Hot glue gun
  • Assorted embellishments 

Make the Eggs

This activity is limited only by your imagination.  Your mission is to take your plain plastic eggs from drab to fab by embellishing them with items that will delight the senses of your Little Pnut.  Be sure to glue your eggs shut before you begin (fill some of your eggs with pinto beans or rice before securing them so your Little Pnut can shake them and listen to the different sounds they make).  Need ideas?  Choose items that not are not only visually interesting, but add texture to the eggs as well (think rough, smooth, bumpy, soft, etc.).  We used buttons, sparkly pom-poms, strips of fabric and leather, sequins, plastic gems, pipe cleaners, yarn, feathers, and sandpaper to embellish our eggs.

Let’s Play!

There are so many fun ways your Little Pnut can play with these eggs.  Younger Little Pnuts will be content just to examine the eggs closely or put them in and out of a basket or other container.  Help your Little Pnut develop object permanence by hiding the eggs under colorful play silks and helping them to discover them again.  Older Little Pnuts will enjoy using these to practice egg-hunting skills for the big day!  Hunting for eggs is a great opportunity for language stimulation – in addition to describing the sensory properties of your eggs, you can also practice prepositions (is the egg beside the tree or behind the tree?) and following directions (find the shiny green egg).   Another fun idea – place all the eggs in a bag or box with a hole in the top and have your Little Pnut stick a hand inside. Your Little Pnut can try describing the eggs he/she feels or finding eggs that match your descriptions.

 

Developmental Milestones:

This activities focuses on the following Developmental Milestones for your Little Pnuts:

Sensory Exploration, Language Development, Cognitive Development, Fine Motor Skill Development

 

—Stephanie Haass, Little Pnuts Early Childhood Activities Expert & Blogger, founder of www.two-daloo.com