We found a new pack of beautiful ponytail holders in Maddy’s room the other day. They were hiding in a big box of hair accessories and jewelry from her Fancy Nancy Salon Tea Party Birthday Extravaganza this past winter.
Instead of putting them in our hair, where they belong, we found a new home for them: our toes!
Who knew how difficult these could be for little fingers?
Surprise! We found another fun and sneaky way to work on fine motor skills. . .
- Pony Tail Holder Piggies: I put them on Owen’s toes first, and he giggled. Cora wanted in on the fun, so she picked her color–and I’m always trying to work on colors with her–and I put some on her toes, too.
Maddy had never used these before, so I taught her how to lock one over the other, and she decorated each of her toes. I did the same with Owen and Cora, and after a lot of practice, they got it as well.
We walked around with funny feet for most of the night, and the next day we did it again. No one ever said learning has to always be serious and boring!
Everyday things, like learning how to put a scrunchie or ponytail holder in someone’s hair (or a doll’s hair, or on your toes) is a fantastic way of teaching our little ones how to get their brains, eyes, and hands to work together to complete a simple task. And when everything starts to work in sync, writing letters and numbers, tying shoes, and cutting will be a little bit easier!