Small children LOVE playing with keys. Babies start stealing their parent's car keys from the moment they can start grasping. Playing with locks and keys are a great way for children to build up their fine motor skills. It also allows them to work on their spatial skills and their hand-eye coordination as they have to use their visual senses to guide their hands exactly. Playing with locks and keys also requires concentration, and toddlers lack the ability to stay attentive for long period of times. Giving them something interesting to focus on will help them work on concentrating for long periods of time.
Here are several ideas on how you can engage your child in lock and key activities:
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1. You can color code the locks and keys with nail polish so your child will not get frustrated with keys and locks not matching up.
2. You can make it more of a challenge by mixing up the locks and keys and letting your child figure out which key and lock matches by trial and error.
3. To challenge them even more, you can place locks throughout the house locked on furniture and items and get your child to use the trial and error method of matching keys to locks. They must continue playing until they unlock all the locks and bring them back to you.
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