Mini Tongs with Silicone Tips
These attractive and sturdy Mini Tongs measure approximately 18cm in length - the first 6cm of this being the coloured silicone tip. The coloured tip comes in four options - Red, Yellow, Green or Pink.
The appearance of the Mini Tongs perfectly mimics the aesthetics of regular tongs used by adults. This will empower a child to feel as though he/she is using the real tool - just like mum, dad or teacher!
The presence of the silicone tip makes these tongs perfect for cooking/baking experiences where the tongs might be in close contact with heat or hot surfaces. The silicone is heat resistant - meaning that they are safer for little hands. Tongs without silicone tips have exposed metal ends that conduct heat and this can make the entire surface of the tongs become too hot to handle. The silicone tips on these tongs prevent that from happening so they can be used effectively without becoming uncomfortable in the child's hand.
The span of the tongs - that is, the distance between the two sides when the tongs are in their resting state - is only 6cm at its widest point and around 4cm at the point where a child is likely to grip them.
The span is really the most important measurement when considering tongs - if the resting span is too wide then it can be hard for a child to arrange their grip initially and to maintain this during use. Younger children (2 - 3 years of age) will often resort to using two hands together when using broad tongs and so this is not ideal if the intended purpose of the tool is to promote fine motor control and pincer grip. These short-spanned tongs are fantastic for younger children to begin to use a single-hand pincer grasp and for older children to focus on refining that hold.
The Mini Tongs do feature a sliding metal clasp to hold the tongs closed when they are not in use.
Tongs and tweezers are such useful tools, in terms of general daily use and also for the 'Practical Life Trays' that are used in many Montessori-inspired homes and classrooms.
In daily use they assist with food preparation and serving - particularly in a classroom community, where the use of tongs rather than fingers helps to promote strong health and hygiene.
In activity 'trays' tongs are often used for transferring exercises. This is largely because of the noticeable use of the 'pincer' grip in manipulating the tongs. The use of tongs help to encourage and inspire a strong, dexterous pincer grip in a way that is 'incidental' - that is, the child is not consciously aware that it is a pre-writing exercise as this purpose is hidden within an enjoyable and non-threatening activity.