We love using tongs with our young students; they intrigue them, many having never encountered them before. Their size is just perfect for little hands, and the fun colors are appealing to the children. They also are sturdy, which is important. At one point we introduced a set of plastic tongs to use in class one day. However, the children discovered they were also fun to “snap”, and by the end of the day all our tongs were broken!
We had been on the hunt for new tongs for a while, and Donna, our CEO was very excited when she found these at Home Goods. As she has learned through experience, it’s always best to buy many more than you need, for when things break or wear out. Often times it is impossible to find the same item again, so we try to get as many as possible and store them or future use. So yes, Donna purchased all the tongs available when she found these.
As they work to master the tongs, the students are getting a great workout. They are using fine motor control with their hands, and also having to carefully figure out the amount of pressure to use. For example, when they are using tongs with gelatin, they must find the balance between enough pressure to pick up the gelatin and not too much, or else they will smash it.
Picking up squishy balls in our sensory box is much easier for younger students, yet still offers a challenge. These students worked together for 45 minutes, showing great coordination and cooperation as they decided which color balls should go where, and how to do it. They used the tongs to move them to the desired areas, sometimes with an intermediary stop of a bucket.
Do you use tongs in your classroom? How about any other kitchen implements? Let us know!