Pinch a pony is a wonderful learning game for your toddler to practice picking up small items. By encouraging the ‘pincer’ movement of picking up things between their thumb and first finger, toddlers develop their fine motor skills which allow them to write and pick up fine objects.
What you need:
- 5 different coloured sheets of paper
- Pens and pencils
Number of players:
Cut the coloured sheets of paper into 10cm long strips. Fold the paper strips in half, so the fold is in the middle, like cards.
Draw a letter or image on the lower half of each strip of paper. For example: A cat, a dog or the letter D. Draw a pony on one of the strips.
Fold the strips closed and turn them upside down so the paper is in an upside down V with the ends of the paper are resting on the table (like an open card would).
Instruct the children to pick up one paper tent each turn and name the object they see or if it is a letter, name an object that starts with it. For the letter C, they could say Cat.
If the player picks up the image of the pony, they are the winner.