We’ve had our Tuff Spot for a while now however we’ve not used it in ages due to a lack of space while the building work was being done.
This isn’t a messy activity as such and once you’ve got your equipment together it takes no time at all to set up. (I’ve linked all the equipment to make it easy for you to find should you need to buy any of it). With all the items being dry it’s an activity you can set up and leave out for your child to go back to whenever they choose – unless, like us, you’ve got a little one that you can’t trust with the pom poms!!
* Tuff Spot (obviously) Of course you could use any sort of large container really
* Fluffy Pom-Poms of different sizes and colours
* Empty egg boxes
|Tuff Spot fun|
I had a fair idea of what I wanted to achieve with the activity and was ready to set Ben and Chloe a few challenges however I didn’t want to restrict their own ideas either.
I just scattered the items on the Tuff Spot and they were immediately interested.
I asked them first of all to simply fill the eggs with pom poms using the tweezers – no fingers allowed!
|Using the tweezers to pick up the pom poms|
|No fingers allowed!|
Ben decided he wanted to make a “repeating pattern” with his eggs.
Once we’d practised picking the pom poms up with the tweezers we tried a colour matching activity – I challenged them to only fill their eggs with pom poms which were the same colour as their egg shell.
Finally I asked them to fill their eggs according to number – just one pom pom in the first egg, two in the second and so on. Ben noticed that in order to do this he needed to be careful about the size of the pom poms he used to make sure they would all fit.
This simple activity kept them occupied for quite a while (and in fact I think they’d have carried on for considerably longer had Amy not woken up and threatened to eat the pom poms!)
With my teacher head on, these are just some of the skills which this Tuff Spot activity addresses:
* Fine motor skills
* Hand eye co-ordination
* Spotting & making patterns
* Problem solving
* Colour recognition
* Counting with 1:1 correspondence