I've mentioned in the past how I have this out of control craft/activity closet. Every time I pick up a new item for a fun kids activity, I just throw it in there and I usually end up forgetting about it. Once in a while, I get a bee in my bonnet and clean the whole thing out. Then it's like Christmas morning as I discover all these cool supplies. Recently, during one such cleaning fit, I discovered these golf tees and balls that I bought at Walmart. I don't recall the exact price, but if I bought them, they were plenty cheap. My plan was to use them with some Styrofoam I already had, for some fine motor practice.
Supplies you need:
- Golf tees
- Golf balls
I had a bad mommy moment when I realized that I only had two Styrofoam cubes for the twins and none for Little C. Poor forgotten 3rd child. In my defense, when I got the cubes, she was in the putting- everything-in-her-mouth phase, and so I didn't get her one for her protection. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. You can find lots of great Styrofoam shapes at the dollar store. I also found a floral foam wreath there that I planned to use for something or other, but I used it in a pinch for this children's activity.
I started out just giving the kids their foam and some golf tees and showed them how they could push them into the foam. They all took this quite seriously as you can tell.
I love how hard they had to work in some cases to push the golf tee in. Work those hand muscles B!
Little C was determined to fill up her entire wreath with golf tees. She kept calling it a birthday cake and tried to blow out the "candles."
I love how cute her chunky little hand looks here. Indulge me.
The kids were doing a great job with the golf tees, so I added some golf balls. I showed them how they could balance the golf balls on the tees. This required more dexterity and skill, but the twins were able to do it.
"A" tries to blow off her ball.
B, experimenting to see how many golf balls she can balance.
Little C discovered that the wreath also makes a great hat!
This was a fun and inexpensive activity for strengthening hand muscles. I was surprised with how long the girls played with this, pushing, pulling and balancing.
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