Throughout November we have been celebrating simple play activities. We have taken our play back to basics and are completing a 30 Day Simple Play At Home challenge. Have a read here to see how you can take part too!
For Day 16 of our challenge we are focusing on Garage play. There is a resource typically found in the garage that Adam hasn’t had any play experience of yet – nuts and bolts. Although we do have a small selection in our garage I wanted to buy nice and clean items solely for Adam to play with. An Adventures of Adam reader told us how Wilko have a pick and mix selection of DIY items so we headed there. For £2.99 I was able to fill a “large” bag of nuts, bolts, screws and washers of varying sizes.
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Setting up our Nuts and Bolts Tuff Spot couldn’t have been easier. I simply emptied our bag of “DIY Pick Your Mix” into our green Tuff Spot and let Adam explore its contents. I didn’t give Adam any prompts as to what he could do with the items. I wanted him to lead the play. He immediately noticed the washers and declared they were wheels. He then proceeded to find all of the washers and seperate them from the other metal items.
Once the washers were separated, Adam discovered the nuts and bolts. There were all different sizes and at first Adam picked up a small bolt and a large nut and thought you could just push the nut one. He then picked up a small nut and realised it wouldn’t go on. I demonstrated how to twist it onto the nut and he persevered with the activity for some time. He even tried to see how many nuts he could get onto one bolt. He managed seven nuts before he turned his attention to the butterfly screws.
During play I had no idea they were called butterfly screws. I showed one to Adam and he said it was a butterfly so we spent the rest of the day calling it a butterfly. It wasn’t until later on that I looked it up on Google and they are in fact called butterfly screws! Adam enjoyed playing with these as he could watch them spin down the bolt.
Finally Adam started to place the nuts into the middle of the washers. He decided the nuts were people and the washers were cars and then proceeded to push the nut and washer around the Tuff Spot. What a great way of developing fine motor skills!
Clearing away our Nuts and Bolts Tuff Spot was straight forward too. I timed Adam to see how quickly he could put all of the items back into the Wilko zip-loc bag. I have no doubt that we will be having many more adventures with the nuts and bolts!
* A variety of nuts, bolts and washers
* Green Tuff Spot (optional)
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