This carrot themed activity is easy to set up and teaches kids fine motor skills, hand-eye-coordination, counting, and more while they play.
Kids will have so much fun with plastic carrots and puff balls! This engaging activity can be adapted for young children of all ages including ideas for your baby, toddler, and preschooler.
It’s a perfect activity to add to your Spring, Easter, or Gardening activities.
Please remember to always watch your young children to keep them safe, and keep activity supplies out of their mouth.
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CARROT PUFF BALL PLAY AND LEARN ACTIVITY
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- Orange Puff Balls (These ones sparkle)
- Clear Orange Carrot Shaped Containers
- Montessori Tray (Optional, but helpful for keeping children focused)
To prepare the activity, open the carrot containers and set them out.
Place the puff balls next to the carrots, if you don’t have an activity tray you can place them in a small plastic bowl.
That’s it, now you are ready to start the activity.
As long as baby is having fun and not trying to eat the supplies then your activity is going well. Little Dog is 1 and loved filling the carrots with puff balls, dumping the puff balls out, and doing it all again. This was wonderful for helping him with hand-eye-coordination, fine motor movements, and concentration.
If your baby has a tendency to put things in their mouth you can switch out the puff balls to something safe for baby to eat like baby cereal or marshmallows.
Toddlers are ready to learn, so add counting to this activity. As they place puff balls in the carrot, count them. They will learn to use one-to-one-correspondence (one number per item) as they count.
To engage preschoolers and challenge them more you can choose to adapt this activity by adding scoops, and fine motor tools (We love this set!).
You could also turn this into a color sorting activity by adding a colored sticker to the front of each carrot and then supply matching colored puff balls. Show them how to sort the puff balls into the correct carrot and then let them try.