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Hole Punch

Sweet Pea is 38 months old.

From: This is another very simple idea from Teach Mama.


  • Paper.
  • Hole Punch.


  • Show your tot how to carefully line up the piece of paper into the business end of the hole punch.
  • Demonstrate squeezing the handles together to punch the hole.
  • Next give your tot the hole punch and help him or her grip the handle correctly and squeeze the punch.
  • Once your tot gets the hang of it, ask him or her to punch holes all the way around the edge of the paper.

Observations: Sweet Pea loved trying to use the hole punch, although she really struggled with it at first.   I had to actually put my hand over hers and show her how to punch a hole several times before she was able to do it alone.   As you can see in the picture below, she often had to use both hands to get the punch to close, but overall this was a nice challenge for her and kept her engaged.

Learning to use a hole punch is a great little exercise for an older tot, although I’m sure  it would require too much strength and dexterity for a younger one.

We didn’t do anything with the little circles that came out of the punch, but I imagine that gluing them onto paper would be a good extension to this activity.

Notes from the Trenches: Some hole punches could probably pinch a small finger, but we didn’t have any trouble.

Rating: 4 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Independent, Frugal)

Carnivals: This post is linked at One Hook Wonder’s weekly Montessori Monday and Mommy Moment’s  Montessori Moment.  Take a look at those sites for other great Montessori ideas.


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