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Believe it or not children find these activities fun.

 

--Various sized

--Nuts, bolts, screws, wing nuts, And washers

 

Start by having the nuts and bolts, etc.. already together

Allow the children to unscrew and screw while still on the bolts

With the nuts and bolts separated

Allow the children to try to find the right nut to screw onto bolts

 

*Hint if you have very small nuts and bolts children will use more of a pincer grip

The larger the nuts and bolts the easier it is to handle for smaller hands. Moving up from large to small as the children master the small motor movements.

 

Extensions:

Provide color coded nuts and bolts

Have the bolts screwed into wood

 

*Hint if the hole is well worn or just a bit bigger it makes screwing the bolt in and out a bit easier.

 

How many bolts can you place on the nuts?

Washer stacking (use bolts in wood to stack washers

          Paint washers and bolts different colors for matching

 

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