After talking about line drying clothes I thought I would share one of the fun things I do with Jack. While hanging clothes up one day he asks "what you making mommy?" (his question for anything I am doing) After explaining to him what I was doing, he wanted to help. I decided to make him his own clothesline at his level so he could help mommy.
I strung up a small line, and filled a basket with fabric scraps and clothespins.
I started out by showing him how to open a clothespin. Then I showed him how to clip the fabric to the line.
He was a little confused at first. But soon figured out how to work the clothespins.
This activity required a lot of concentration!
He hung up about five or six pieces before getting tired. He ran around the yard and played for a while before coming back to it. I gave him a few of his own socks this time to practice hanging. This required a bit more hand-eye coordination since the socks were smaller, and he could not just lay them across the line and then clip, like he had been doing with the fabric.
This really seemed to be hard work for him. I mean that in a good way. It was great hand-eye coordination practice and required a lot of concentration. It is not something that he plays with for an extended period of time, but he does like to play with it while I am hanging our clothes out.
So give it a try...it is wonderful fine motor practice for you little one, plus it is fun pretend play!