St. Patrick’s Day Fine Motor Fun!
We hope you enjoyed your St. Patrick’s Day! The Effortless Art clan has been busy making crayons as well as doing some great fine motor craft projects to celebrate. Even though Crayon Kid is only a little Irish, St. Patrick’s Day is a great holiday for some hands-on fine motor fun.
Our first fine motor activity is Shamrock Shading pictures. We are using shamrocks as our shape, of course. You simply cut out a thick shape of your choosing, for example, shamrocks, and you can do this for any season or holiday. You place the shape under the paper. Then you take your crayons and you begin to shade over top of the shape. We are using Effortless Art Crayons because their flat sides are perfect for shading. Soon your hidden shape will appear on your paper and you have a really neat effect. Try this with different colors, or overlapping the images for a different effect
Our second activity is what I call “rainbow rows”. You have probably seen variations of this before, but this activity is a nice tie in for St. Patrick’s Day. Now earlier today, Crayon Kid and I were playing with play dough, (he loves to make play dough pies). By the way, play dough is another great fine motor activity for your toddler. Now, you have your child make balls of play dough in different colors. Then you stick a matching colored pipe cleaner into each play dough ball. Next you begin to thread rainbow cereal onto each pipe cleaner tower. It’s great because it works on that pincher grasp, and it also helps kids practice their color sorting and matching. A fun extension to this is to make two play dough balls and connect the pipe cleaner to both, to make double rainbows. Your children are sure to love this colorful fine motor activity! If you don’t have the rainbow cereal, pasta also works great.
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