Straw Drop

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DIY Straw Drop

Drop games are a great way for children to work on their problem solving skills not to mention it develops their fine motor skills as well.  If you are looking  for more drop activities check out Pom Pom Drop and Eyeball Drop. Here how to make one for your Straw Drop Game.

Supplies

  • Plastic Container
  • Plastic Straws
  • Hole Puncher

Instructions

  1. Using the hole puncher, begin to make holes around the brim of the lid
  2. Cut the straws into varying sizes
  3. Place the lid back on the container
  4. Begin to play Straw Drop by placing the straws in the holes.
    • For younger children, you will need to practice the skill a few times so the child could eventually mimic the skill.

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Pom Pom Drop

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Pom Pom Drop

Supplies

  1. Trace two or three circles on the lid.
  2. Cut out the circles using either an exacto knife or a sharp pair of scissors.
  3. Arrange the stickers on top of the lid.
  4. Trace the inner circle of the lid.
  5. Cut out two inner circle lid size out of clear contact paper.
  6. Place the clear contact on each side of the lid.
  7. Cut out a strip of the pattern contact paper to cover the outside of the coffee tin.
  8. Place the pattern contact paper on the tin
  9. Place the pom poms inside the tin can

How to Play the Game:

  • Take the pom poms out of the can.
  • Allow the child to place the pom pom into the holes.
    • For infants or toddlers you will need to model the skill a few times before they catch on.
    • For preschool children, this game is also a great way to practice counting numbers and identifying colors.

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Eyeball Ping Pong Drop Game

 

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Another wonderful Dollar Tree find were the Eyeball Ping Pong Balls. They were located in the Halloween section.  Immediately I thought – what a cool fine motor skill game for toddlers and preschool age children that I work with.  I also discovered infants like to make noise with the container and pick up the ping pongs.

Here are the steps to make your own Eyeball Ping Pong Drop game:

Supplies:

  1. Trace a circle in the center on the lid of the plastic container.
  2. Cut out the circle using either an exacto knife or a sharp pair of scissors.
  3. Arrange the stickers on top of the lid.
  4. Trace the inner circle of the lid.
  5.  Cut out two lid size clear contact paper circles.
  6. Place the clear contact paper circles on each side of the lid.
  7. At the center of the lid there should be a clear covered hole. You will need to cut out the clear inner contact paper circle to allow the eyeball ping pongs to go through the top.
  8. Place the eyeballs into the container.
  9. Place the lid back on the container.

How to Play the Game:

  • Take the eyeball ping pongs out of the container.
  • Allow the child to place the eyeballs into the holes.
    • For infants or toddlers you will need to model the skill a few times before they catch on. Infants may want to shake the container to listen to the noise the ping pongs make.
    • For preschool children you can practice counting numbers as they drop the ping pongs in the hole.

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