We recently read Just How Long Can A Long String Be?! by Keith Baker.
My 2-year-old picked it out because of the bird on the cover, and both my girls liked it.
It’s a simple rhyming text about a bird and an ant discussing that they can do with a long string, such as tie up a package or make a nest.
My 4-year-old got excited about finding the ant on each page, then her sister followed suit.
So each time we read it, they point out the little bug: “There’s the ant!”
It’s a cute book, and both girls liked it and have requested it over and over. It was a library book, and we’ll definitely be borrowing it again.
This is another one of those activities that just kind of happened on its own.
My kids were coloring on the kitchen floor, and, for whatever reason, my daughter decided to go into the pantry and take out the bundt pan. Then both of my girls started filling the hole in the center with crayons.
I realized this was good for developing their fine motor skills (and keeping them busy while I was otherwise engaged in the kitchen), so I encouraged it.
They would insert the crayons into the hole, and once it was full, I’d show them they could pick it up, move the crayons, and start again.
You could use just about any small or skinny object for this: pipe cleaners (maybe cut shorter), pom poms, small toys or balls. Heck, you could even pretend it’s a volcano, and use small dinosaur toys. Let your kids get creative and pick what they want to use. Or compile a bunch of small toys and let them experiment to discover what will fit.