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Hand Muscles (Gross Motor)

Matching bottles to lids game while building gross and fine motor skills

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Gather together many plastic bottles with screw-type lids (mayonnaise, juice, peanut butter, mustard, nut, etc. types of containers)
  • Use larger lids for gross motor skills and smaller lids for fine motor skills
  • Place bottles and separated lids in a basket or on the floor
  • Ask child to match bottle with correct lid by screwing the lids onto the bottle
  • Option is to set timer to see how quickly child can find and put correct lids on six bottles
  • This is also a fun activity for bathtime


Set out three lids and bottles for child to match and place on bottles


Save a wide variety of different sizes of jars and lids for child to use.  Use smaller jars and lids to work on small motor skills and use a timer to turn into a fast action game with others.


  • many different plastic bottles with screw type lids
  • basket

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Heart
  • Color - Review
  • Number - Six, 6
  • Alphabet Letters - H, P
  • Senses - Hearing
  • Character Trait - Honesty
  • Target Words - Good-by, Many, Match, Why

Monthly Proverb

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

Did You Know?

"Children with below average language skills can make rapid improvements if their parents take simple steps to change the way they interact with them." University of Sydney

Books to Read

"Museum ABC"
Activity 11

"My Very First Book of Shapes"
by Eric Carle (Activity 2)

"Big Red Barn"
by Margaret Wise Brown (Activity 8)

Music Playlist

"Old MacDonald Had a Farm"
by Countdown Kids Album 100 All Time Children’s Favorites (Activity 10)

"Salve Regina - Antiphona (tonus monasticus) in Honorem Beatae Mariae Virginias"
Album Salve Regina Gregorian Chant by Benedictine Monks of the Abby of Saint-Maurice & Saint-Maur, Clervaux (Activity 21)

"You’ll Be In My Heart"
by Phil Collins Album Tarzan (Movie Soundtrack) (Activity 18)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Up Down Turn Around

(Activity 14 Month 8)

Up, down

Turn around.

Touch the sky,

And touch the ground.

Jiggle tummy,

Blink your eyes, 

Blow a kiss, 

And say “good-bye “

I Need To Be Honest

(Activity 13 Month 8)

I need to be honest

  My mom and dad say

And telling the truth

  Is just one way!


Why be honest

I ask mom and dad.

You will feel your best

When the truth is always said.