It’s over to T again and this time some more fine motor skill development but instead of using rice krispies to transfer we’ve been using some dyed pasta.

Baby Play - developing fine motor skills and exploration with dried pastaYou maybe wondering why it’s dyed – well it’s dyed for some crafts with J but T has found the coloured pasta so much fun that I’ve had to make some more for J to use.

It’s really easy to dye pasta – I used some liquid food colouring – around 1/2 a teaspoon in a ziplock bag and then I added the pasta. J and I furiously shook the bags to cover them with the colouring – he loved it as they made a sound when we shock them and then I left them in the bag to dry which they did overnight – I guess food colouring must have some form of alcohol in them.

Discovery Box from dried pasta with toys hidden inside
T hunting for her favourite characters

Back to T though – I placed the pasta in a plastic tub and we sat on the lounge floor – inside the tub I had also hidden some of the characters she is familiar with from our bedtime TV show. We first went through shuffling the pasta around making a noise and then she discovered one of the characters – which she held up to me – cue lots of praise that she had found it and claps and asking her if she could find a different one – which she promptly did.

Fine motor skills development with dried pasta
T showing her ability to pick up individual pasta and hide them

T got bored of the hunt the character game and instead poured out all of the pasta and characters on the floor. You can see that we were using a mix of blue and green pasta here clearer than in the previous picture. She picked up the pasta using a really good pincer grip and then proceeded to hide it in her pocket – you would be amazed what I find in her pockets now that she has discovered them.

Although this is so simple T has really enjoyed playing with her pasta. We have the box at a level that she can get to and she will go and get it and shake it furiously during the day to play with.

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3 Comments

  1. Like the activity but am very glad I only died half of the pasta. Although the blue pasta was dry the die started coming off on his hands as soon as the pasta reached his mouth -i.e. immediately! This was followed by me playing swift game of pick out the blue pasta before the cream carpet turned blue.

  2. I absolutely LOVE the pasta in her pocket. That makes me so happy! You know I always love these Baby Play activities for language. Here’s some language I would overlay onto this activity, “Wheeerrrreeeee’s ________________?”, “THERE he/she is!” And for the pasta picking, “pinch it, pinch it, pinch the pasta.”

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