Kids love cotton balls. They are so versatile as a hands-on fine motor and sensory activity. I grabbed some cotton balls for a cotton ball fine motor activity for my twins. The twins were so little! I can’t believe how fast time really does fly.
This activity counts as a one item activity for kids too! I have a whole collection of activities that only need one supply. Kids have so much fun with simple supplies and activities. Makes our job as moms much easier!
This activity would work with older infants and toddlers. You will have to supervise so that your baby or toddler does not try to eat the cotton balls.
Cotton Ball Fine Motor Activity for Babies
Once your child is sitting up on their own, reaching and grabbing for toys, you can try this cotton ball toddler fine motor activity. It’s so simple!
What you need:
Cotton balls…that’s it!
(Optional: A couple of child safe containers like a rice cereal container, a box or bowl.)
I poured our bag of cotton balls into a little plastic bin. The twins got their hands in and started working on those fine motor skills. Most toddler activities revolve around teaching fine motor skills.
As they played, I described how the cotton balls were soft, squishy, and white. This all helps their vocabulary and language skills develop.
I had an empty rice cereal container and thought it would be a nice addition to the toddler fine motor play with cotton balls. The toddlers could stuff the cotton balls into the rice cereal container, and dump them out again into the bin.
We counted the cotton balls, tossed them to try to get them into the bin, and even pretended they were little mini snowballs. My oldest even helped. I love when activities are so versatile for all age groups.
Cotton balls are a simple and fun way to let toddlers explore a sensory activity without a lot of mess. It’s an affordable kids’ activity.
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How did your kids play with the cotton ball toddler fine motor activity?
Enjoy your time at home!