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Best of the Week!

Best of the Week!

It's our resource roundup of the best of what you may have missed this week!  

For a fun twist we have curated some of the best content, posts, ideas, and fun from social media this week just for you!  We will try to do a post like this once a month to shake things up in our blog world and bring you a little value.  As another tip, our roundup was created using the tool ThingLInk, which is a tool that helps you create interactive images.  We hope you enjoy the fun that we have collected for you.  Leave a comment on what you loved or what you want to see more of!  We will try to curate the best experience for you! 

Take care everyone!  

Nancy 

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Do you know how to Noggin?

Do you know how to Noggin?

That's right, do you know how to Noggin? 

You don't? Then let me tell you all about it! 

Noggins are engaging, fun, and playful stickers that attach to school tools like scissors, pencils, markers, and even FINGERS, to inspire children and help motivate them to complete different fine motor activities.  Do you have a child who is reluctant to color, or write, or gets sluggish when cutting?  It's probably because they aren't having fun and are not motivated to do the task.  Help them by adding in a fun parrot, fish, tiger, or sheep to the activity and watch them perk up and get those fingers moving.

Here are three ways Noggins can inspire your child to learn through play!

  • When Noggins are attached to pencils, markers, or crayons, they turn those objects into creatures, with the tip of the writing utensil becoming the nose. This allows the child to pretend the Noggin is smelling flowers or sniffing through a maze, rather than merely tracing or drawing. The Noggin also acts a pencil grip, cueing correct finger position on the writing utensils.
  •  Place Noggins on scissors, and they act as a visual cue, guiding the child to orient them correctly. They turn the scissors into a creature, with the bottom blade becoming the lower jaw. This enables the Noggin to “bite” and “chew” paper, showing the concept and technique of scissor use in a fun and playful way.
  • When Noggins are attached to fingers, they transform the hand into a creature. This allows practice and development of a variety of grasps in a fun and playful way. Children are able to pinch and squeeze play dough and small objects, imagining that the creature is eating, while their own pincer grasp and lateral pinch develops.

 Childhood is a time to Play, to Learn, and to Grow.

It is a time to build those skills needed to succeed. Hands and fingers need to be strong. They need to grip and grasp, and hold a pencil, and use scissors. Children need to have fun. They need to be engaged and motivated. They need to pretend and create, and explore, and enjoy.
Noggins are perfect because they can be used with any of your own tools, just stick them on and go!  It's time we all learned "how to Noggin" with Nogginsland products!  Check them out and pick your own packs HERE.  Want to win a FREE bundle of Noggins stickers, scissors, markers, and learning manual?  I bet you do! 
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and comment on this blog below on how you would "Noggin" (use the Noggin stickers) and we will pick a winner on Monday morning at 9:00 am on Facebook live! 

 

 

Happy Fine Motor Fourth of July

Happy Fine Motor Fourth of July

Happy Fine Motor Fourth of July!

Here at Effortless Art we have been having so much fun with Fourth of July crafts and projects and are excited to share them with you. These projects are appropriate for a wide variety of ages and may require more or less adult supervision or help depending. Watch your child work those fine motor muscles in fun ways with these three activities – and they all use items that are found around the house.  These were all a huge hit with Crayon Kid!

Fork Fireworks

Use those plastic forks and some paint, and your children are on their way to some bright and colorful firework painting.  Show your child how to create crisscross patterns with the fork and they will love the effect of this easy project.  One fork per color, and I suggest using only two colors per firework.  They will love the finished product; you will love the fine motor practice!

Super Salt Covered Fireworks

Your child will love squeezing glue onto black paper to make crisscross firework patterns and then sprinkling salt over top.  The salt will stick and make a pretty, textured finish.  Then, take some food coloring, mix it with some water and have your child use a water dropper to drop color onto the salt.  It will make a beautiful effect.  We have used watercolors in the past, but this uses more fine motor skill with the squeezing of the water dropper. 

Create and Craft Your Own Masterpiece

Our son also spent a lot of time simply creating his own masterpieces.  Have you tried laying out a bunch of materials and just allowing your child to make what’ in their imagination?  Sometimes we make our children’s art TOO structured and planned, and it’s important that we give them time to make without any boundaries.  Cotton balls, pipe cleaners, puff balls, and little jewels were all used to create a variety of firework masterpieces. 

Dazzle and Draw

Lastly, our son has been loving the Art For Kids Hug YouTube channel, where you can find tons of learn to draw videos on any topic you can imagine, especially holidays.  So of course we made a patriotic peace sign.  This one needed a little more guidance and dot to dot help from me, but tons of fun!

I hope you enjoyed all these activities and try them at home.  Let us know how they went.  Send us a message on Facebook or Instagram or email us at nancy@twosparrowsls.com. Remember to follow us to stay up to date on our latest news and sales. 

Happy Fourth everyone! Till next time,

Nancy