It provides several opportunities:
- The child has to "twist" the end that holds the nut tightly in the holder. This exercises important fine motor muscles.
- To crack the nut, it takes a strong and intentional push down of the handle. This takes strength and focus - both important skills. This is a great activity for children with lots of energy!
- Finally, it provides a delicious morsel of nutmeat. This helps the children to understand where nut meat comes from! And, oh, how yummy!
It is nice to store the nuts in a lovely basket. The children line up to crack nuts -so I have not made it to the basket!