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Separate the Bricks

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Develop ambidextrous fine motor skills with simple handling exercise, separating bricks and how they connect.

Let's play!

  1. Pick a pair of bricks.

  2. Separate them by pulling them apart.

  3. Place them in the other bowl.

How to prepare

  • 10 random bricks

  • 2 bowls

Assemble 5 piles of 2 bricks and place them in one bowl.

Facilitation tips

  • Ask “How did you separate the bricks?”, “Show me where you can feel the separation line between the bricks”.

  • If the child is struggling, place their hands on yours while you separate 2 bricks, to feel your movements.

  • Suggest to create a story to make this activity more fun. 

Possible variations

  • Increase the number of connected bricks: more pairs or more than 2 bricks in the same pile.

  • Utilize only one bowl: the child will have to search in one bowl for pairs among individual bricks.

  • Use a timer: e.g., set a timer and see how many bricks the child can separate in 1 minute.

  • Peer play: everyone has an empty bowl in front of them. The child has to try to win as many individual bricks as possible by taking pairs from the shared bowl, separating them and filling their own bowl.

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Children will develop these holistic skills

physical skills

  • Develop motor skills and build body language: Acquire specific techniques to improve efficiency

emotional skills

  • Control motor skills and emotional commitment to succeed in simple actions

cognitive skills

  • Recognize size concepts and relationships

creative skills

  • Engage in solitary play activities for an ability appropriate amount of time

social skills

  • Comply with directions and limits from adults

Did you know?

  • Separation of the bricks is easier to accomplish than assembly. A block to block fit is required for assembly; specific coordinated hand movements manipulate and adjust and finally lock the bricks together. Separation requires a simpler motor activity, holding bricks and spreading hands apart. 

  • Play gives children opportunity to develop skills, to learn, to solve problems and grow healthy relationships.

  • For young children to progress, educators need to start where they are and challenge them to go further. No single practice can do this, but a spectrum of engaging practices can.

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