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Cheerios Fine Motor Snack for Toddlers

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This Cheerios Fine Motor Snack for Toddlers is a simple and delicious activity! Why not have your child work on their fine motor skills while they’re having a snack at the same time? It’s genius!

My son loves Cheerios. LOVES them. But not only are they apparently yummy (I don’t quite understand the appeal myself ;)), they also have a fun shape that pretty much screams for putting them on a skewer.

I did just that and made a Cheerios Fine Motor Snack for a fun, engaging way to work on N’s fine motor skills – and he thought it was the most amazing idea ever šŸ™‚

It’s fine motor practice, looking at things in a new way, sensory exploration, and a snack all in one, just an all around great little activity.

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Cheerios Fine Motor Snack for Toddlers

If you’re looking for ways to help your child work on their fine motor skills, this is the activity for you. Being able to work with them on picking up smaller objects is the perfect way to accomplish this goal.

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When I put the skewer with a handful of Cheerios in front of him, N was a bit taken aback. But he quickly put his apple down to figure out how to get to his beloved Cheerios.

 

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The Cheerios were a bit of a tight fit, but it didn’t take him long to get the first one off.

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Recommended Fine Motor Toys

If you want something more sturdy, try one of these fun fine motor toys so they can practice using their pincer grasp.

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They tasted even better this way šŸ˜‰

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Materials for Cheerios Fine Motor Snack

  • Cheerios or other o-shaped cereal.
  • A skewer. Cut off the pointy end(s) if applicable.

You could alternatively try this with spaghetti or a thin pasta noodle.

 Cheerios, Gluten Free, Cereal with Whole Grain Oats, 20 ozCheerios, Gluten Free, Cereal with Whole Grain Oats, 20 oz Barilla Pasta, Spaghetti, 16 Ounce (Pack of 8)Barilla Pasta, Spaghetti, 16 Ounce (Pack of 8)

Once the first batch of Cheerios was gone, I put another handful on N’s tray. I wasn’t sure if he was going to bother with the skewer instead of eating them right away.

But he apparently liked the skewer so much that he decided to find out how to get Cheerios on it. At this point, he’d long since forgotten about the apple.

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It took him a little while, but eventually, he had success and was able to eat a Cheerio right off the tip of the skewer.

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I loved the different way he experimented with the Cheerios and the skewer and didn’t give up when it took a little while to figure it out.

Using both hands to get a Cheerio on his skewer ended up being his favorite technique.

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Are you looking for other simple toddler activities?

I’m a big fan of little activities like this that take minimal supplies, almost no time to set up, and are really engaging for little kids. Other favorites include:

Fine Motor Activity with Straws

Simple Transportation Sensory Bin

Toddler Boredom Buster with Cups and Flowers

Rainbow Pouring Station by Busy Toddler

More toddler activities

These activities are all pretty much mess-free, but if you’re up for the possibility of a little bit of a mess, try these.

Goopy Grass Sensory Play

Sensory Play with Dinosaurs

Flower Sensory Soup

One Comment

  1. I love this about the internet! There are such great ideas out there and such simple ones too! I can’t believe I haven’t thought of this one yet but I find myself saying that all the time now! I have twin “tabies” and 5 others so I’ve had my share of original entertaining ideas! I really appreciate your sharing and the way you share too. I especially like the pics of little N and the details of his “review” of whatever game it is you’re giving him. Thank you so much for the inspiration and keep up the good work!

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