Put Me In the Zoo Fine Motor Activities

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We have several Dr. Seuss books in our home "library," and recently my 2 year old has really taken a liking to the book, Put Me In the Zoo.   The playful rhyme and silly main character make a great engaging story for little ones.  To extend the story, I put together Three Fine Motor Activities to go along with, Put Me In the Zoo for my toddler that work on strengthening those fine motor muscles!
Dr. Seuss Toddler Activities
1. Colored "Spots" Sort
Easy to set-up sorting activity using tongs and pom poms, aka "spots."  I placed red, blue, orange, green, and purple pom poms in the center of the tray, and my toddler was to manipulate the tongs to pick up the pom poms and put each color in it's own section in the tray.
2. Q-Tip Spots Painting:
To prep this activity I drew the main character of Put Me In the Zoo by hand on a piece of yellow paper. I provided my 2 year old with q-tips and red, blue, orange, green, and purple paint.  Next I encouraged him to "add lots of spots."

3. Color Matching Beads and Playdough
I provided my 2 year old with pony beads and playdough.  I set out the playdough in flattened balls and had my son match the pony beads to the playdough.  He loved puhing the beads into the playgough!
Three simple ways to extend a wonderful story and work on many skills while having fun!  My kind of learning : )  
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