Sticker Station – Easy Fine Motor Activity

sticker stationI love stickers and not just because of their power to reward kids with something small that isn’t sugar but because they pack a lot of punch in the fine motor skills department. Peeling those little suckers off the sheet is tricky for little fingers. This is a great fine motor activity to turn to when you don’t have a ton of time to play. Add in new stickers and the whole activity has new life. Add in some crayons and it’s like new again. After I shot some photos I got a load of laundry together, wiped down the bathroom , and got dressed while my little one was happily adding more and more stickers and unbeknownst to her she was working out her fine motor skills too.

 

Gather your materials. You will need some stickers, an envelope, some plain paper, and painter’s tape or thumbtacks. sticker station wall mural

Start by taping your paper to the wall. I like using blue painter’s tape for two reasons; first to save my wall from being wrecked, second because it gives children a clear boundary to the area where it’s OK to add stickers and where it is not.Sticker wall activity for kids set up

Put all your stickers in the envelope. Ours is plastic but a plain paper one would work just as well. You can attach it with painter’s tape too or if it’s really heavy use thumbtacks. Remember that thumbtacks are never safe with children who are still putting things in their mouths. Please use caution and know your child’s abilities and make any adaptations you may need to in order to make the activity safe for your child.adding the stickers

Add your little person. I didn’t explain anything. I just said ” I made you a sticker wall.” and she got right to it.peeling stickers good for fine motor

This is not a structured activity. If your child invites you to participate by all means do but don’t feel you must or should. While my daughter was adding stickers she created little stories to go along with them but if your child doesn’t that is OK. They may sort the stickers, line them up, or make an overall design.sticker wall They may also randomly add one or two and walk away. I wouldn’t give up but I wouldn’t push.  I would see if you had any stickers that better appeal to them , add some crayons to the mix, and leave it up for a few days before giving up. It’s OK for activities to tank too. While this simple sticker station was a big hit with my daughter doesn’t mean your child will love it or that you did anything wrong if they don’t. I have come up with many activities my kids haven’t adored. Move on and don’t worry.

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21 Playdough Activities

preschool playdough ideasPlaying with playdough is our go to activity. We add bugs, googly eyes, buttons… use cookie cutters, scissors, even a garlic press while playing. Playdough is wonderful for fine motor development and creative play. I like it because it’s relaxing! Here are 21 playdough activities perfect for your preschooler.

 

Recipes for homemade playdough and my favorite Gluten Free Playdough

Playdough Sculptures
Playdough Bug Fossils
Footprints In The Snow – Winter Playdough
Learn The ABCs with Playdough

toy prints playdough
Playdough Lego Prints
Fill In The Blank Spelling With Playdough
Playdough Battleground
Playdough Bakery Pretend Play

playdough animals
Embellished Playdough Animals
Explore Emotions with Mr. Playdough Face
Fruity Scented Playdough
Digging for Buttons in Playdough

alphabet for starters
Alphabet Playdough
Playdough Kabobs – Fine Motor Fun
Silly Hair – Playdough Play
Playdough Bugs
Drinking Straws + Playdough

playdough rainbows counting, sorting , matching
Playdough Rainbow – Color Sorting
Slicing Watermelon Playdough
Practicing Cutting With Playdough
Playdough Earth

 

Mosaic Heart – Valentine’s Day Craft For Kids

valentine's day craft for kids This is a fine motor skills builder disguised as a Valentine’s Day craft for kids. Learning to cut is tricky and practicing scissor skills is important. This simple craft works on those skills then adds in some more while children carefully place the cut paper into a heart. This is a great way to use up scrap paper too. Fun, frugal and educational.

Gather your materials. You will need a sheet of white or light pink construction paper, strips of red and pink, something to color with if desired, scissors and glue. Also you might want a container to hold the cut paper.mosaic heart valentines day craft for preschool

Start by cutting larger sheets/ scrap pieces of red and pink paper into strips. This helps little hands cut independently. cutting practice valentine's day craft for kids

Now it’s time for your little one to cut. valentines day craft for kids fine motor skills

Draw a heart and cut out while they are happily cutting the paper. valentine's day heart craft for preschool

Hand your child the heart and if they want they can color it. I had not planned on this step but my daughter apparently had. heart craft for valentine's day

Next add glue.mosaic heart valentine's day craft for kids

Add the cut paper. valentines craft for kids

Let dry.mosaic valentine's day craft You can add string and hang this up like our coffee filter hearts we made last year or write a message on the back and give it as a valentine. My daughter immediately asked to give hers to her preschool teachers. I don’t think they read the blog so hopefully I didn’t spoil the surprise!

 

Trim The Tree Fine Motor Activity For Kids

christmas fine motor activity for kids We love playdough and this fine motor activity isn’t just a fun way to build and challenge fine motor skills it also naturally encourages counting, color recognition and or course pumping everyone up for Christmas. We had fun trimming our tree earlier this month and my daughter has been moving ornaments around so I knew she would be into a tree trimming themed activity. If you have Styrofoam from Christmas packages you could use that instead of playdough for the tree but we didn’t have any handy so we used this.

Gather your materials. You will need some mini ornaments ( these were found in Target’s dollar spot a few days ago), toothpicks, green and yellow playdough, a mat and a fun container for the ornaments. Trim the tree fine motor activity for kids

Start by making a tree with a star with the playdough. Kids can do this or you can.  I did it for my daughter. Make sure it’s thick enough to hold a toothpick upright.

Invite them to play. fine motor christmas tree activity for kids

Stick the toothpick in and add the ornament. fine motor trim christmas tree

Look at that concentration! fine motor winter activities

Keep going and from time to time stop and count to see how many you have added so far. fine motor playdough activity for kids

My daughter was interested in the metallic colors trying to decide which gold tone one was rally gold and what the other one was. She ended up calling one gold and one pink-gold. I thought that was pretty accurate. fine motor christmas activity for kids

I was so pleased with how well she took to this activity. She loved it.

When they are done let them be done, don’t push to add them all. As long as kids gave the activity a great go pushing them to do more more more will only end up in a negative feeling about these little skill building activities and can result in them refusing to give the next one a try. They will have lots of must do activities while they are older when they are little I like to be a fun buffet of ideas to try instead. Leave it out if it’s something they can do independently and let them return or not return to it at their leisure. I left this out for a few hours. She was done for good though, and that’s OK.

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Beading Made Easy For Little Hands

beading with toddlers Beading is such an awesome fine motor activity because it combines so many skills that young kids are working to master. It works on pincer grasp and hand eye coordination while placing the beads on the string or ribbon but you can work in patterning, color recognition, and counting too.  The problem with beading though is that it can frustrate children easily. You must strike a balance of challenge and success to avoid melt downs, or kids just deciding that the activity is no fun.  Below you will see how I set up beading with my daughter who will bead for ages provided she can do it with little help. Over the years doing beading projects with preschoolers have taught me a few tricks to make it a smooth process and I am sharing them with you.

Gather your materials. You will need some ribbon, painter’s tape, clear tape, ribbon ( ours was about an inch thick) , milk shake straws, and scissors. beading activity for preschool

Start by cutting your straws into smaller pieces. Adjust the length according to the age and ability of your child. beading

Cut your ribbon to the size you want and tape one end to the table using painters tape. This prevents the beads from falling off the end . Also using a thicker ribbon makes it so that if your child does drop the end the beads won’t come flying off. beading made easy for preschool

Before you invite your little one to come bead use the regular tape to cinch the ribbon into a needle. This gives your child a stiffer piece to thread with. beading tips for preschool

Time to bead. With the steps we took to avoid frustration the activity was smooth and pretty quick too. beading necklace

Best of all was how proud she was of her accomplishment and since she made the necklace all by herself withe the exception of tying the ends together it really felt like an independent accomplishment.  Then she was off to play with her garlic press and bulldozer. Bet you never thought you’d hear those two words in the same sentence. Kids are rad. beading and threading activities for kids

Do you have any tips for beading with kids ? I would love to hear them !