Free the dinosaurs – a fine motor activity for toddlers

This activity is a great way for your toddler to develop both fine motor and hand / eye coordination.

You will need:

  • Whisk
  • Items to place inside

For this activity I used a metal whisk as Hamish can manipulate this but a silicone whisk is recommended for smaller children, as a younger child would be able to manipulate the silicone whisk more.

I also used plastic dinosaurs. This was a good challenge for Hamish as his fingers were able to bend and move the dinosaurs to slide out.

For younger children you could smaller, easier to pick up items. Always watch a small child with anything that could be a potential choking hazard.

You can also use :

  • Any small toys
  • Pom poms
  • Bottle lids
  • Cut straws
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Cut pieces of foam
  • Magnetic letters, numbers or shapes
  • Soft sweets
  • Socks
  • Blocks
  • Lego

How to play

Insert the dinosaurs into the whisk and let your child manipulate the toy and whisk until they have removed each one.