Chain Links is a simple activity which encourages good use of both hands in connecting the links to each other.
Connect two links by first placing the opening on each link next to each other, and then push them together so that they become interlocked. The child will need to correctly orient the link in each hand in order to be able to do this. This activity can assist in developing bilateral coordination and eye hand coordination.
There is a lovely element of planning involved as the child begins to learn to manage this task. Initially, the child might slip each link onto the same ring. It can be a valuable planning exercise to let the child work out for himself, how to connect the links successively so that a chain is formed, rather than having all the links on one ring as in a “key ring”.
When disconnecting the links from each other, the child will need to be encourage to once again, orient each link correctly, so that the links are correctly disconnected, instead of simply trying to pull them apart from each other.
Colour matching and colour sequencing can also be encouraged.
We have even used the chain links with older children when working on sequential memory, by asking the child to connect the links to each other in a specific order, for example, Red, … Blue, … Green, … Yellow. Encourage the child to remember longer and longer colour sequences as their ability improves.
When working on number, one could ask the child to connect a certain number of each coloured link in sequence. So, 2 blues, .. 5 greens and 3 yellows.
These lovely colourful links can be used in so many different ways.
These oval-shaped plastic links are approximately 7cm long and 4cm wide
Contents: 25 links with 5 of each colour, red, blue, green and yellow