I had seen clothespin puppets before (thank you, Pinterest!) but I admit, they always looked a bit too tricky. Perhaps I was just browsing the more elaborate varieties. But when I received an activity booklet from Apple and Eve that included an adorable yet totally do-able-looking version, I just had to give them a try!
As time goes on, it gets trickier and trickier to get Kay to practice fine motor skills.
When she was younger it seemed easier to get her involved in activity that was, unbeknownst to her, helping to work on the small muscles in her hands that are so important for everything from writing to dressing. But now that she's the ripe old age of 8 (and a half!), she's much to old for things like crafts and activities. Or so she thinks.
Can you believe we're talking Christmas ornaments already? Whether you're someone who has holiday cards written up and ready to go by November, or you're more of a last-minute kind of person, making homemade ornaments can be a wonderful way to work on fine motor skills and make memories at the same time. (Okay, that sounded a little sappy, but go with me here!)
We love makinghomemade ornaments - and I love seeing them on the tree each year. This one is super easy and you probably have all the supplies in your house already (bonus!).
We recently had the honor of playing host to a robin's nest in our backyard. It was fascinating to watch the babies grow (from a distance, of course) and the protective parents feed them and shoo away any potential predators (unfortunately, this included us!). When I'd go in the backyard to do anything, Mr. Robin would follow me, staring hardly at me until I left. Still, seeing the babies learn to fly and eventually leave the nest was exciting. I just loved it!
So for this month's Project: Recycle & Create, we worked on making a nest craft from scrap paper. Not as interesting as the real thing, perhaps, but still fun to make!
Give Kay some marbles and she will inevitably make a new game. It seems she invents a new one every time she takes the marbles out of the box. She's one creative kiddo! (We won't mention that most of the games make little to no sense to me. No, we won't mention that at all...)
This version incorporates that new Floof we got to try, but if you don't have that on hand, play dough would work as well!
When Kay was younger and I would search online for activities to do with her, I'd come across so many that went something like "let your toddler push pompoms into a cup" or something similarly sedentary and calm. I'd think to myself "Do ANY toddlers actually sit there for an activity like that?!" Because I knew for certain that mine did not.
Well, now I know that some toddlers do have the attention span for such activities. 22-month-old Maddie is my niece that I watch during the day and she is endlessly fascinated with transferring objects from one container to another.
Sometimes the activities we do are intentional. And sometimes it's more along the lines of, "Mommy needs to sit. Here's the first things I grabbed - have fun!"
This particular one was of the latter variety.
Buttons are such a great fine motor material - the fact that they're colorful and fun are just an added bonus!
For this month's Project: Recycle & Create, we're working with buttons. We actually came up with a few projects that you'll be seeing on the blog pretty soon, but this tree craft got us outside and into nature, so I wanted to share this one first!
Nothing says Easter like eggs with cartoon eyes!
Okay, that may be stretching it, but these finger puppets are cute, free, and fun. And you can't beat that!
At Halloween time we made some simple ghost and pumpkin finger puppets with craft foam. This time around, I thought I'd turn our Easter version into a free printable so you could take advantage of them, too.
Once upon a time, I worked on a book of fine motor ideas for kids with a group of blogging friends. It came out...and was a hit! So much so that we've decided to put together a second collection of ideas - bigger and (dare I say it?) better than before!
To kick it off, all the authors (I love that word in relation to myself!) are putting together a mega fine motor round-up of posts. I've been on an art kick lately, so it just fit that I would pick fine motor art ideas.