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Exacting Tweezers Activity for Kids
- Get your hands on some tweezers: You can buy kid-friendly tweezers, use mom’s tweezers or, better yet, make your own. We found great tweezers on amazon.com. Whichever type you go with, just make sure they are not too stiff for your kids’ young hands. Too much challenge ruins the learning and the fun.
- Make tweezers: You should have everything you need (cotton ball, rubber band and take-out chop sticks) in the junk drawer! Check out our 2 minute tutorial on how to transform these simple materials into your own tweezers.
- Introduce the tweezers: Show kids how you like to use tweezers to pick up an object or two. Then, give them time to play and develop their own methods.
- Prompt with a challenge: To follow are some of our favorite challenges that involve tweezers. Suggest or simply try these ideas out together:
- Sizing them up: Kids have to find the limits of their tweezers. For example, what’s the heaviest, lightest, largest, smallest, longest, shortest, most squirmy, or most delicate things that they can pick up and hold with tweezers? This is great for building descriptive vocabulary and a sense of the different ways to think about size (i.e. weight, length, volume).
- Hunt & gather: Hunt for items that are either really interesting to them or that are all in the same category (e.g. color, shape, texture, smell) and gather them in some kind of container (e.g. bag, bindle or bucket). The tricky part? They can ONLY pick and move objects using tweezers.
- Life in a rotting log: A dead log is lively place, often home to a whole bunch of busy critters. Tweezers are a great tool for picking at the wood and, once uncovered, picking up the tenants in a rotting log.
- Be gentle: Although the name sounds like the perfect challenge for a toddler (how many times do we say that?!), it is really best for kids over age 4 or 5 who have strong fine motor skills and self control. For those kids, though, it's a great way to hone these very skills. Challenge kids to use tweezers to pick up truly delicate objects, including flowers, fresh leaves and plant parts, mushrooms, or small twigs. Make it even more fun by giving them magnifying glasses through which to better see the objects. Kids will have to use a great deal of control to keep from crushing the object.
- Pretend to be birds: Pretend that the tweezers are a bird's beak. How can kids use them to pick up nesting materials? How can kids use them to peck holes like a woodpecker? If kids are enjoying the bird play, try out our Great Bird Count DIY or our Free From the Freeze DIY.
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