DIY HOOK BOARD
I have a huge stash of elastics (thank you @wholefoods) and I knew I wanted to use them in a DIY activity for Babe. I was in Home Depot the other day and picked up these hooks – they were just a couple bucks and I’m sure I’ll be able to reuse them in the future. I reused a board from a previous DIY (RIP popsocket board!) and screwed the hooks in on both sides. As I was making this, I was a little worried about the elastic snapping back and hurting her fingers. Luckily, that wasn’t a problem at all! Always supervise your kiddos when they do activities like this – you don’t want them hurting themselves or misusing the materials!
I modeled this activity several times for Babe. This activity proved to be an excellent “just right challenge” for her. It took lots of trial and error, but she managed to get the hang of hooking the elastics over the hooks. I was so impressed by her determination and problem solving ability! She was so proud of her accomplishments and kept looking over to see if Dad was watching. I used a non slip rug pad under to help with the board sliding around.
This activity is great for upper extremity strength, grasp development, fine motor coordination, hand eye coordination, problem solving, concentration, and perseverance!
Think you’ll try this activity? Tag me so I can see your little one in action!
Babe was about 21 months old at the time of the original post!