I believe it was Tot School that blogged about using empty parmesan cheese shakers and uncooked spaghetti noodles to work on fine motor skills. Gracie has LOVED this activity. I broke the noodles in half so they would fit all the way in the containers, as she like to open and close the top of the shaker. She's a little tough on the fragile noodles, so I'm thinking I'll transfer the rest of our parm into this shaker, wash out the Sam's Club (i.e. HUGE!) shaker that is in the fridge, and use pick up sticks instead of noodles. The idea's the same, though and I'm sure it'll be a hit.