I have placed another practical aexercise on our shelf this week. It went very well with the children this morning:
I got 5 galvanized bolts, nuts and 5 washers for each. Each bolt needs to be long enough to hold all 5 washers and still have enough room to put on the nut.
This is a great exercise to develop the small muscles of the hand and fingers in a new way. It also improve the child's visual discrimination as he/she has to match up bolts, washers, and nuts that are graduated in size. And of course, it provides us with a little counting experience as we need 5 washers on each bolt.
It took the child in the photo a great deal of focus to do the exercise but her attention never faltered. And what a smile when she was finally done!!