Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mummy Must Have Review | Fit Fingers

If you follow my Instagram account then you'll know I'm very passionate about learning through play and doing hands on activities with bub so she learns and practices skills that she'll need later for school. At the start of the year I had a conversation with my friend about all the skills kids in her daughters prep class were meant to know prior to starting school and how so many kids didn't know what to do. That conversation really sparked my desire to help prepare bub for school {even though its still a little while away}. Before then I knew of basic development skills but we hadn't done much other than speech therapy to actively help bub learn these skills. After finding out how important fine motor skills like pincer grip, pencil grip and hand strengthening are for children starting school, I decided to come up with different activities I could do at home with bub to help develop these skills. 

I share a lot of our activities over on Instagram. They're all age appropriate and child led so bub only does the ones she wants to do and at her own pace. Everything is set up like a game so she is both playing and learning rather than me specifically teaching her how to do things. I personally know I learnt better by doing things myself rather than being shown, so that's how I teach bub, with a bit of guidance as she plays if needed. I get lots of ideas from other toddler based accounts on Instagram and that's often where I find lots of our educational resources as well. A few months ago I discovered Fit Fingers on Instagram via Discovering Our Toddler after they reviewed their resource pack.



Fit Fingers is a carefully curated pack of resources designed to help children build fine motor skills while having fun. The kit includes a number of loose parts including beads, buttons and pom poms, pipe cleaners and various threading strings, plasticine, crayons, pens and pencils, pegs, scissors and some toys. Above is an example of just some of the items included in a Fit Fingers pack. I love how all of the small parts come in little resealable clear pouches which makes storage after playing really easy. The whole kit also comes in a big oversized clear pencil case so everything can be kept together when not in use. The packaging itself can also double as an extra fine motor skill workout for kids as they pull open the seals and learn to work the zip. As it contains various loose parts, the Fit Fingers pack is suitable for children 3+ and should always be used with adult supervision.



Prep teacher Natalie and her husband Mark developed the Fit Fingers pack after seeing how much children struggle at school when they have weak fine motor skills. The Fit Fingers resources pack offers parents and children many hands on, engaging and multi-purpose activities designed to build hand strength and fine motor skills in young children. The pack comes with a list of different activities for scissor skills, hand strengthening, threading and beading and to develop pincer grip, to give parents numerous ways to use the kit. There are also additional activities available in the resource section online.

All of the pieces within the pack are quite open ended so there really are endless activity possibilities. I get a lot of inspiration for the activities we do from other Instagram accounts, Playschool {yes really Playschool is a treasure trove of toddler ideas} and by simply making things up. In reality we've only really touched the surface with the activities possible with the Fit Fingers kit, but here's some of bub's favourites that we've done so far.

BUTTON COLOUR SORTING



Bub loves colour sorting activities using any type of materials and loose parts so I knew button sorting would be a hit. I put all the shape buttons in a tray and spread our coloured paint cups around. I added in the Fit Fingers tweezers to make the task a little more challenging. Bub's done colour sorting with tweezers before, but the Fit Fingers tweezers are a little trickier than the other ones we have so she mainly put the buttons into the tweezers using her spare hand instead of directly picking them up. It was a good exercise in hand strengthening as well because the buttons are slippery she had to hold the tweezers extra tight so they didn't slip out early. She came back to this activity multiple times throughout the day, tipping all the buttons back into the main tray so she could sort them again.


THREADING BEADS


Bub has loved threading since she was about 2 and a half. I first introduced her to threading with really chunky beads and pip cleaners so it was easier for her to grasp the beads and manipulate them onto the pipe cleaners. As she's grown more confident we've moved onto smaller beads and thinner string. The Fit Fingers pack comes with a wide variety of beads of varying sizes, materials and shapes and it also includes pipe cleaners and different string so children can work on beading at different levels. For this activity I put out a big range of the beads, a few pipe cleaners and the clear plastic line for bub to choose from. She chose a range of different beads and threaded them on the clear plastic line to make a necklace for grandma.


SORTING POM POMS


This pom pom sorting activity was inspired by Wonder and Awe on Instagram after they shared a similar sorting activity with a coloured egg carton. I coloured the egg carton with the markers from the Fit Fingers pack and then left an assortment of pom poms + the tweezers from the pack out for bub to find. Like the button sorting activity bub came back to this over and over during the day. She rotated between using her fingers and using the tweezers to sort the pom poms.

WASHING BASKET



One of the skills bub was yet to master was opening and closing pegs properly. To help her practice I used some of the Fit Fingers items to create a mini washing basket for her to practice pegging the pegs on the line. I used a small cane basket and threaded some of the clear plastic line from the kit through it to create a washing line. I then put out a selection of her dolls clothes and pegs for her to hang on the washing line. Trying to peg the clothes proved a little tricky so she decided to just try and peg the pegs on and off the line by themselves. After I helped her to squeeze the pegs with her fingers a few times she figured out how to do it herself and spent most of the morning putting pegs on and off her little play line.

Although we've already done a heap of activities with our pack {there's some more on Instagram}, there are still so many more I have planned to do. So far we haven't used the scissors as I don't think bub's quite ready to be trusted with real scissors, but I plan on introducing scissor activities soon. I love how the items in the Fit Fingers pack are re-usable and can be used for multiple different activities making the pack great value as it can literally be used for years. The activities can also be made more challenging as your child develops more hand strength and dexterity so the kit can grow with your child. I can see we'll be using the kit pieces on a regular basis from now until bub starts school.

Natalie and Mark have kindly created an exclusive offer for Finding Myself Young readers so you can get a Fit Fingers pack for your children too. To save $10 {AUD} off a Fit Fingers pack* simply use the code fmy-blog-aug-16 when purchasing from www.lapetitestore.com. This offer is available to both Australian and international readers, however is restricted to the first 50 orders placed between now and August 30th.


Toni x

* Offer terms & conditions ~ discount code is valid for $10 AUD off each Fit Fingers pack and limited to the first 50 customers. Customers can purchase multiple packs, however these must be purchased in a single transaction as the discount code is limited to single use per customer. Postage within Australia is $8 with free postage available for Australian orders over $90. International shipping rates will be calculated at checkout based on location. Discount code is valid from 23rd August 2016 - 30th August 2016.

Disclosure - I was provided with a Fit Fingers pack for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own based on our experience with the pack. I did not receive payment for this review.

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4 comments:

  1. This kit looks fabulous! Love your pics. (Those chubby hands. SWOON.) Heading over to check them out - thanks. #teamIBOT

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  2. My little boy is terrible with his colours and I would be interested to see if he could sort the buttons.

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  3. I am always in awe at your Instagram pics! You are incredibly dedicated and creative with your bub! I wish I had more capacity to do the same. I have been buying up at the $2 shop recently to have good stock ready for the crafter noon or learning occasion but I'm still trying to implement them regularly. This kit would make it a bit easier! Great idea!

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  4. What a great idea. I actually have this issue at the moment with my son so will be looking into this.

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