I set the empty spice jar on the ground and set out ten toothpicks (I counted before laying them out so I would know I got them all picked up at the end of play.)
I picked up a toothpick and dropped it through a hole in the lid. You can bet my toddler wanted to try that too. She carefully poked all ten toothpicks through the holes with great concentration. She actually did this activity three times in a row before getting tired of it and deciding to use the jar with toothpicks it as a musical instrument.
You might wonder if toothpicks are a good idea for a toddler. This is one of those activities that falls inline with my idea that with proper attention small objects need not be off limits to toddlers. With you beside them they get to enjoy exploring a new material and have the company they like best.
So- don't toss out that empty spice jar. Save it for toddler fine motor play instead!
Playfully linked up to: It's Playtime