- Gather your materials. I got three different lock/ key combos at a discount store; you want them to look different, so it’s not too confusing. I also a binder ring for a key chain and a tray to keep the activity in one place.
Put all three keys onto the ring.Lay out the locks and key chain and invite your child to open these locks.I helped with the first before I was shooed away by my independent 2-year-old. Let them do it themselves, and even fail. Only help if they ask for help.
Like locks and keys another great fine motor activity is lacing or stitching. This stitching block is SO much fun and perfect for schools and homes that do not have a lot of storage space.
Beth- the mama bee says
There is something about kids and keys… both my kids fight over who gets to unlock the mailbox.
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I never even thought to use padlocks and keys my 3yo would love it!
Miller Moments says
That is a fabulous idea!!!
My kids are going to love this!
In that photo where he is concentrating so hard – your son really looks like you. Need I also say he is so cute?
Reenie's World says
I just want to thank you for your blog. I have used a few of your ideas with my preschooler.
My kiddos LOVE locks/ keys–so much fun. . .until the keys get all mixed up or lost. :*)
My kids love locks and keys. Be sure to wash hands after playing with keys, though. Some have high concentrations of lead.
I just added a note about the possible lead, thank you so much I never knew that!
You have the cutest ideas! My 3 year old will start school with us next year and I’m so using some of your ideas. TFS
I’m a homeschool mom!
Mrs. Mordecai says
What a perfect idea! My son would absolutely love this.
I love this. My DD is obsessed with my keys and tries to open the dorrs- she is only 20 months. I have been really worried about the lead in keys though- I wonder if I can test before I buy. haha
The Activity Mom says
Wow! I can’t wait to try this! I also think it would be a great activity for the car.
Tara @ Feels like home says
We gathered up some locks and let Gracie play this morning. She loved it! Thanks for the great idea! 🙂
Brooke Everett of be in red says
We have had this as a lesson at the preschool that I work at and I also recommend it for young children. But keep an eye on the locks. One of our most innovative four year olds snuck a lock and key onto the playground and locked his favorite toys to the fence and then lost the key.
I’m so happy Gracie had fun!
Brooke – you just brought back memories of teaching PreK and going through cubbies at nap time . I would find all sorts of my things in them.
Ah! So simple….so perfect! I have locks and keys around the house. Just need to find matching sets. lol. Thanks so much for this great idea!
Ashlyn Brunson says
That is SO smart! My son likes to play with keys and walk around with them pretending to lock and unlock the playroom door. I’m sure he would LOVE this activity. Do you have any suggestions on where to find those types of locks?
The Scrapbooking housewife says
This is so brilliant! I will just have to try this with my son!! 🙂