Motor Skills - 9 month

Object Permanence Box

 

Objective: Promote eye-hand coordination

Material: Object Permanence Box*

Preparation: The Object Permanence Box is placed on a tray or directly on the shelf. The red ball is placed inside.

Execution: The child takes the ball and throws it into the hole. The ball automatically rolls out again, so the child can take it again and throw it into the hole. Children learn through this not only to train their eye-hand coordination, but also that objects are still there, even if you can no longer see them.

Object Permanence Box
Clear out wooden puzzle

Clear out wooden puzzle

 

Objective: Eye hand coordination

Material: Wooden puzzle with large handles from Goula*, small basket

Preparation: The wooden puzzle is placed on the tray with the pieces in place, and an empty basket is placed to the right of it.

Execution: The child tries to take the puzzle pieces and place them in the basket, i.e. exactly the other way around as one would “normally” do it. The child trains his/her eye-hand coordination and putting things into a basket.

Put away chestnuts

 

Objective: Promote eye-hand coordination

Material: Chestnuts, can, washi tape*

Preparation: The chestnuts are placed on the tray or in a basket on the left side of the tray. Any can is colorfully taped and placed on the right side of the tray.

Caution: Please keep in mind that 9-month-old children can put the chestnuts in their mouths, so only use such large chestnuts that they cannot be swallowed. If necessary, check in advance with a small parts tester.

Execution: The child takes the chestnuts and throws them into the can. When the can is full, the chestnuts are thrown back.Older children, from 1 year, can also do this with a spoon, from 1.5 years, pliers can also be used.

Put away chestnuts
Colorful whisk with fabrics

Colorful whisk with fabrics

 

Objective: Eye hand coordination

Material: Whisk, fabrics

Preparation: The socks or fabrics are wildly woven through the whisk. The level of difficulty can be adjusted individually for the child. The more the cloths are tangled together, the harder it is for the child to get them out of the whisk. The whisk is then placed on a tray or directly in the child’s cupboard.

Execution: The child tries to remove all the cloths from the whisk until the whisk is “naked”. Afterwards, however, the tray must be reassembled by an adult, so this is only a Montessori-style activity, since the child cannot do it completely on his or her own.

Put the blocks

 

Objective: Promote eye-hand coordination

Material: Wooden beads*, basket

Preparation: The wooden blocks are placed on the tray or in a basket on the left side of the tray. An empty basket is placed on the right side of the tray.

Execution: The child takes the wooden blocks and puts them into the basket. When all the blocks are in the basket, they are poured back. Older children, from 1 year, can also do this with a spoon, from 1.5 years, pliers can also be used.

Put the blocks in the basket
Schleich animals basket

Colorful fruit basket

 

Objective: eye hand coordination

Material: Fruit and vegetable magnetic toy* (the ones behind the link are not exactly the same, but the ones on the picture are not available on the US market), basket

Preparation: The magnetic wooden fruit is assembled and placed in a box or basket, this is provided to the child either directly or on a tray.

Execution: The child disassembles the magnetic wooden fruit and explores the individual parts. Older children will try to reassemble the fruit as well.

Unthread ribbons

 

Objective: Promote pincer grasp

Material: Gift ribbons, container with holes

Preparation: The gift ribbons are threaded across the container with holes. Any container with many holes is suitable for this, e.g. also a pasta strainer.

Caution: If the child is playing alone, please make sure that the ribbons are not so long that the child can strangle him/herself with them.

Execution: The child pulls on all the gift ribbons until they are all unthreaded. The ribbons are then threaded back in by an adult.

Unthread ribbons
Schleich animals basket

Schleich animals basket

 

Objective: Promote eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills

Material: Schleich animals*, basket

Preparation: Put a few Schleich animals in a basket and place it directly on the cupboard or on the tray and then in the cupboard.

Execution: The child explores the details of the animals and the different surfaces associated with them.

Wood element

 

Objective: Promote eye-hand coordination

Material: Motor Skills toy*

Preparation: The wooden element is placed on a tray or directly in the cupboard.

Execution: The child explores the element which moves and makes sounds when the wooden parts slide back and forth on the rings. Therefore, this tray can also be categorized as auditory perception.

Wood element

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