Great way to begin pre-writing skills. Make a road to follow, avoid obstacles, create designations like food store, post office, doctor... ok maybe not doctor!

Fun Activities With a Pair of Tongs, $10 Gift Card, and Featured Products

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Not Just A Pair Of Tongs!

Whether your children are in preschool or older there are so many tasks you can do with a simple pair of tongs to help strengthen those hand muscles.  

1.  Use your tongs to eat!! You can use tongs to pick up your cereal, chicken nuggets, french fries, or most other foods.  Incorporate tongs into breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Try our zoo sticks! 

2. Play board games, using your tongs to pick up the pieces ad move around the board.  

3.  Pick up cotton balls and pom poms- how many can you put in a cup or basket in one minute? 

4. Scavenger hunt: Make a list of items small enough to pick up with tongs.  How many items can your students find around the room?  Remember you have to pick them up with tongs not your hands! 

5. Sensory Bucket Dig: In a lage bucket filled with rice or dry beans, hide items such as beads, pom poms, and small toys.  

6.  Make your tongs into a paintbrush:  Grasp some cottonballs with your tongs, dip in paint and spread on paper.  

7.  Tong Relay Race: Set up a relay course, have your students pick up a small ball or plastic egg, run through the course and hand off the tongs to the next student.  Remember you can't drop what is in the tongs or you have to start over!

8.  Make your own tongs: All you need is a clothespin and a set of wooden chopstix.  Glue one chopstick to each side of the clothespin And now you have tongs with resistance to increase hand strength.  


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Marshmallow Dough
Fun and Edible! 
You will need:
5-6 Large Marshmallows, about 1/4 cup Corn Starch, about 1/4 cup Coconut Oil, Food Coloring
- Mix the marshmallows, corn starch and coconut oil in a microwaveable bowl.  
- Heat for 30-45 seconds then mix food coloring. 
Roll, squeeze, squish it 
Form letters, shapes, or numbers.  
Roll the putty and practice cutting.  
Which Super Bowl team is your favorite?  Make your favorite colors!  Can you form a football out of your play dough? 

Marshmallow construction
All you need is marshmellows and toothpicks! 
Have your children use those fine motor skills  pushing a toothpick into a marshmellow.
What can they build?  A square? A triangle?
Can they spell their name? 
Make a field goal out of toothpicks and "kick" your                                                          marshmallow through for three points. 

Marshmallow Art
Draw a picture on your marshmellow.  Use one marshmellow to draw a head, another to draw a body, and the third to draw lower extremities.  Can you match the body?  Have your group draw different body parts then try to piece them together.  

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Use your marshmellows as a paintbrush.  Hold the marshmellow as a stamper, holding the marshmellow and dipping one side.  Or work on your child's grasp and push a marshmellow onto the tip of a pencil.  

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Hearts Gross Motor Fun

Musical Hearts:  Cut out large hearts and tape them to the floor. Have your students stand on a heart and start the music, you should have one less heart then you have children.  They will walk from heart to heart until the music stops.  When the music stops, the child not standing on the heart has to pick how the next round will move through the hearts.  Should they jump? hop? skip? march? 

Or have a gross motor activity written on the bottom of each heart.  When the music stops, pick one child to turn over the heart and everyone has to do that gross motor task.  

Find The Hearts: Hide heart cut outs around your room and have your children march, skip or hop around to find them.  Have them work in a team or pairs to find a certain color.  Or work on bigger/smaller and have them find only a small heart.  

Heart Crafts

You will need a piece of cardboard and yarn.  Cut a heart out and cut the center of the heart out as well.  Take a piece of the yarn and tape it to the cardboard, now wrap it around the cardboard until the whole thing is covered.   

Work on bilateral coordination as your child holds the heart and wraps the string in, out, and around.  And tie a knot when you're done! 

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