Developing fine motor skills takes lots of practice for young children. In this fine motor skills activity, your child will use hand-eye coordination to transfer rice from a bowl to an ice cube tray.
Set up the activity by laying out a bowl of uncooked rice on a cookie sheet (so the rice does not spill everywhere). Next, set out two spoons and an ice cube tray on the cookie sheet.
Show your child how to use your spoon to scoop rice and transfer it from the bowl into a section of the ice cube tray. Invite your child to scoop and transfer rice from the bowl into all of the sections of the ice cube tray. Remind her to work carefully to transfer steadily.
As your child transfers rice from the bowl into the ice cube tray, you can encourage her to pretend that she is cooking or baking. She can stir the rice in the bowl, pretend to add other imaginary ingredients, and offer pretend bites of food to taste it (without really putting rice into anyone’s mouth).