April 10, 2020
Happy Friday! If you are interested in getting outdoors with your little ones this weekend, Tinkergarten has provided a lovely resource for exploring the “Hidden Senses” while out on a nature exploration. We would also recommend tuning in for “Dionne Kamara: Animal Patterns” from Union Square play if you are having to spend time inside.
Read on for two fun activities to try this weekend!
Project of the Day Infants & Toddlers: Craft Stick Fine Motor Skills Activity from HelloWonderful.co
Craft Stick Fine Motor Skills Activity – Materials
“This craft stick fine motor skills activity for babies and toddlers is a fun way for them to practice fine motor hand-eye coordination. Today we’re sharing a tried and true posting activity that involves colored craft sticks.
It may seem like a very simple activity and perhaps you’ve seen lots of iterations with it with cardboard boxes and other containers, but we wanted to share our tips on what worked well with us!
Sometimes we forget how easy it can be to set up an activity for our little ones and I know I always love seeing how others prep their baby activities! Check out our tips below on how to set up this fun craft stick posting activity. How to set up posting fine motor skills activities for babies and toddlers.
You can’t tell in the photos, but I always tape the container down with clear packing tape or else he flings it everywhere. By having the container in one place, babies and toddlers can focus on the task at hand.
We always do activities in a contained chair – at this age attention span is little so this also keeps him focused. We love this walker with minimalistic design and extra-large tray for activities just like this. You can also just use a high chair!
For this posting activity, I used colored sticks and named them as he’s putting them in to learn colors.
I like using a clear container – I think it is more engaging for him to see what he is doing and cause and effect. He can see exactly what his actions lead to as he is putting the sticks inside.
You can really use any container though. A cardboard box would work with holes poked through, any other plastic container. Just make sure the hole you poke isn’t sharp with plastic. You can also use tape around the hole if you’re concerned.”
Project of the Day Older Toddlers & Preschoolers: Make a Chick Craft Using a Fork! From CraftyMorning.com
“You will need:
- Yellow washable paint
- A fork
- 2 googly eyes
- Orange construction paper
Start by having your child dip the back of a fork into yellow paint (it worked best to have it spread out on a paper plate). Then tell them to make a circle shape, pulling outwards with the fork.
Grab some orange paper and cut out a beak as well as two legs! It’s easier to fold a piece of paper in half and then cut so both are the same size.”
After the yellow paint is dry, glue on some eyes and the rest to make an adorable little chick! I think it’d be great to put on a homemade card!”
More resources to follow in the coming days. Feedback and more ideas welcome, as always!
Be well and stay healthy!