Fish hunting is a super simple idea and game for little ones to develop and improve their fine motor skills while enjoying and having fun. On top of this, It gives us parents the time and space that we very much need to do something else other than look after our children at all times.
This time is priceless! So this is one of those win-win situations that takes very little time and add a lot to the family.
This activity is super simple, I made it while they all were sleeping their naps and by the time they woke up this was already almost done.
Before jumping into the how to make the fish-hunt pool I wanted to introduce a bit more about why is it important for children to develop their fine motor skills and what are the benefits of it (just so we know how important it is).
Fine Motor Skills
We all practice fine motor skills every time that we use the small muscles that control the hand, fingers and thumb. When children develop these skills they are able to complete important tasks such as writing, feeding oneself, buttoning and zippering. Offering young children the opportunity to improve these skills is crucial for a healthy and wholesome growth.
The 7 Benefits of Developing Fine Motors Skills
Independence and freedom: Children gain Independence by developing their motor skills and this leads them to feel more confident, safe and ultimately happy and healthy.
Self Esteem: When children become aware of their abilities and independence their self esteem grows giving them again a sense of safety and happiness that it's priceless.
Self-care: Once they've develop these skills they can take care of dressing by them selves, brushing their teeth, hair, or washing their hair. And this is double sided as the more they practice this activities the more they grow and develop these skills and so on.
Brain Development: it improves children hand-eye coordination and balances the use of both right and left parts of the brain.
Versatility of play.
Creativity and Imagination.
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Combine the gelatin and first cup of water.
Bring to a boil.
Add additional cup of "cold" water.
Pour on a casserole type of dish (preferably clear glass).
Add the fish to the mix.
Refrigerate for 4 hours.
Fish-hunt, play and go!
Enjoy the hunt!