Eye Droppers & Coffee Filters
Fine Motor: To strengthen your child’s fine motor skills through learning to use the eye droppers.
This is an activity that will encourage children to strengthen their grasping skills as they use eye droppers to create designs with food colouring.
You will need:
- Coffee filters
- Plastic eye droppersClick the Accessibility bar below for details on materials that can be substituted to make this activity easier for children with a range of abilities.
- Food colouring, diluted with water (use primary colours , red blue yellow)
- Small dishes for the food colouring (i.e. muffin tin)Click the Accessibility bar below for details on materials that can be substituted to make this activity easier for children with a range of abilities.
- Smocks to protect children's clothing
1. Provide one coffee filter and one eye dropper for each child participating. Place a few small dishes containing food colouring on the table.
2. Demonstrate to the children how to squeeze the bulb of the eye dropper and then release the pressure on it so that the dropper fills up with food colouring. Explain that squeezing the bulb again helps to squirt the food colouring onto the coffee filter.
3. As the children squirt food colouring onto the coffee filter, comment on the different colours, and the new ones that get created as the original colours mix together.
4. Allow the filters to dry and then these can be displayed.
5. You are now ready to begin this activity!
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It is challenging for some children to hold objects and place them in a specific location. These tips help your child develop their ability to hold objects and build their eye/hand coordination (how their hands and eyes work together).
- Turkey baster
- Large sturdy bowls
- Rubber place mat
Use wider tools for your child to squeeze (i.e. turkey baster) to engage them during the actviity
Guide your child's hands to squeeze the tool (i.e. the turkey baster)
Use large bowls with a rubber place mat underneath to keep materials in place
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If you use a tools (i.e. turkey baster) with a thicker handle for your child
- Your child will have a better grip to support hand strength
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If you use a large bowl for your child to use
- Your child will develop the ability for their hands and eyes to work together (eye/hand coordination)
- Spend time with your child by engaging in the activity with them
- Feel encouraged to express their feelings and ideas
- Develop pride in their developing skills
- Explore materials by touching and manipulating them
- Feel encouraged to experiment and make discoveries
- Think in open-ended ways and develop their imaginations
- Mix paint or food colouring with your child
- Learn the names of colours and discover what happens when two primary colours are combined
Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments
- Provide materials that encourage children to practice using the fine motor skills necessary for grasping small things (i.e. tongs for picking up cotton balls, scissors for cutting play dough snakes).
- Activities such as sorting buttons or dried beans enable children to practice grasping small objects and releasing them.
- Provide eye droppers, plastic turkey basters and squeezable shampoo or dish soap bottles to water play experiences. This will encourage children to strengthen their fine motor skills while experimenting with the materials.
- The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle and A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni.
Everyday Moments: Play Time