This is such a fun and challenging fine motor activity for young children. The best part is that even though I am using Christmas themed mini erasers from Target, you can do this same activity with any theme or no theme at all. All you really need are some erasers, tweezers, and a jar or bowl to drop them in. This activity is obviously great for hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, but it’s also a lesson in persistence. This activity isn’t easy. Encourage your students not to give up, problem-solve with them to position the erasers, so they are easier to pick up, and model counting as they drop the mini erasers into the jar. Here, let me take you step by step!
Mini Erasers Fine Motor Challenge
Gather your materials. You will need some mini erasers, a bowl, tweezers, a jar ( I love mason jars because they are *almost* unbreakable. I always like using a tray, but they aren’t a must.
Start by piling a bunch of mini erasers into the bowl. YOu will want many because they are easier to pick up if they are in a haphazard pile vs. flat in the container.
So simple right?
I love finding simple ways to work on fine motor skills. Teachers in higher grades are continually reporting that students are coming to them with underdeveloped fine motor skills. We don’t have to force these activities. We just need a vast repertoire of activities that will appeal to our students and help them spend time developing these all-important skills.
For more activities with mini erasers check out these with free printables.
And these fun math mats!