This is a great activity to do in a group setting. However, it can be done with only one child as well. The goal of this activity is to use the clothespins to pass the cotton balls without letting them pile up in front of the child when the music stops.
Have the children sit in a circle.
Give each child a clothespin and a cotton ball.
Instruct the children to pick up and drop the cotton ball on the lap of the child sitting to their right when the music starts.
When the music stops, each child should pick up his cotton ball using the clothespin and raise their hand.
You can make it into a game by giving an additional cotton ball to a child who raised their hand but did not have a cotton ball caught on his clothespin.
The child with the least number of cotton balls at the end of the game wins.
- Instead of using a clothespin, you might want to use tongs or tweezers.
- If you are playing with 1 child, you may want to just use one cotton ball and see who has it when the music stops.
- After a few times passing the cotton balls to the right, switch and have the passing go left.