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FILLING UP FUN
These are great small muscle activities for young children.

STUFF THE TURKEY
You need some brown grocery sacks for this activity.
Take one of the sacks and roll the sides down until they are approximately 5-6 inches from the bottom.
Take the other sacks and cut them into 6” x 6” squares.
Show your child how to crunch up the squares.
Tell your child that the rolled down bag is the turkey and the crunched up papers are the dressing.
Have your child fill their turkey with dressing.
 
TOOTHBRUSH HOLDER

Children love filling up the holes in a toothbrush holder.
Set out a toothbrush holder and the appropriate number of toothbrushes.
Encourage your child to put one toothbrush in each hole.
 
CANDLEHOLDER
Set out a candleholder that holds more than one candle.
Set out the appropriate number of candles.
Encourage your child to put one candle in each holder.
 
WOODEN PUZZLES
Set out a knobbed puzzle with large easy pieces.
Encourage your child to place each piece in its correct hole.
 
COOKIE CUTTER PUZZLE
You will need a sturdy box lid.
Lay the lid on the table.
Set some simple cookie cutters on top and draw around the cutters.
Cut out the cutter shapes in the box lid.
Set out the box lid and the cookie cutters.
Have your children place the cookie cutters into their holes.
 
TENNIS BALL TUBE
Set out a tennis ball tube filled with tennis balls.
Let your child dump out the balls, then carefully place them all back in the tube.
 
CRAFT STICK GARDEN
You will need a sturdy shoe box for this activity.
Put the lid on the box and cut two rows of four 1” slits.
Set out eight large craft sticks and let your children fill each slit with a craft stick.
 
FILL THE POT
Set out a pan of water, a measuring cup and a medium sized plastic bowl.
Show your child how to dip the measuring cup into the water and then transfer a cup from the pan into the bowl.
Let your child continue doing this until the bowl is full.