Tonging is often a part of the Montessori pre-school curriculum. Children must learn to hold the tongs steady and to maneuveur them to pick up small objects and drop them, which helps to develop fine motor skills. North absolutely adores this simple but satisfying work. He tongs all of the pom poms into the wooden container and then tongs them back, colour-coded into the sectioned wooden plate. When he is a bit older we will also incorporate counting in this activity.