Motor Skills - 15 month

Scooping building blocks

Objective: Promote eye-hand coordination

Material: colorful building blocks*, 2 baskets, children’s ladle*

Preparation: A few colorful building blocks are placed in one of the two baskets. Then this is placed on the left and the other basket on the right on the tray. The ladle is placed in the middle.

Execution: The child scoops the building blocks from the left basket into the right basket with the ladle. After all the blocks are in the right basket, they are either scooped back by the child or poured back. The scooping process can also be assigned to the task area “everyday life”.

Scooping building blocks
Fishing vehicles

Fishing vehicles

Objective: Promote eye-hand coordination

Material: Melissa and Doug magnetic game*, basket

Preparation: The tow truck is placed in the basket, the game board is placed on the tray.

Execution: The child uses the tow truck to “fish” the cars, which have small magnets in the middle of the body, out of the game board and into the basket. When all the cars are in the basket, an adult helps to put all the cars back into the game board. From 1.75 years, the children themselves can try to puzzle the cars back into the board.

Sticking wooden sticks

Objective: Promote eye-hand coordination and tweezer grip

Material: Wooden sticks*, cups, wooden box, washi tape*

Preparation: The wooden box (here: wooden box from the children’s department store) is taped with the washi tape making the spaces wide enough for the wooden sticks to fit through. You can also use another container into which slits can be cut. Then the cup is fitted with the craft wood and placed on the tray left on together with the box.

Execution: The child takes a wooden stick and puts it into a slit in the box. This is repeated until there is a wooden stick in all the slits. Then the child puts all the wooden sticks back into the cup.

Sticking wooden sticks
Q-tips stick

Sticking Q-tips

Objective: Promote eye-hand coordination and pincer grasp

Material: Basket, Q-tips, spice shaker, washi tape*

Preparation: The spice shaker is cleaned and colorfully decorated with washi tape. The Q-tips are placed in the basket and both are placed on the tray.

Execution: The child takes a Q-tip from the basket and puts it through one of the holes in the spice shaker. When all the Q-tips are in the spice shaker, if needed, an adult helps the child open the spice shaker to empty the Q-tips back into the basket.

Peel off hair ties

Objective: Promote eye-hand coordination and pincer grasp

Material: Colorful hair ties, basket, sturdy cardboard roll (e.g., from kitchen towels)

Preparation: The hair ties are rolled over the cardboard roll and distributed relatively evenly. The basket and the roll of hair ties are placed on the tray.

Execution: The child takes the roll and tries to peel the hair ties from the roll. When a hair tie is unwound he/she puts it in the basket. An adult then threads the hair ties back over the roll. Older children can also try this themselves.

Peel off hair ties

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