When I saw how the thread matched the color of some of the crafting poms, I knew we had to do a color matching activity.
Fine Motor Strengthening
I wrapped the thread around the ends of the clothes pins.
We received a great package in the mail one day from http://www.craftprojectideas.com/. This was just a small part of the free goods we received… There are SO many project ideas and crafting supplies on their website.
(we have a lot more crafting to do!!)
And Big Sister helped, too. What a GREAT fine motor and bilateral hand coordination manual dexterity task! She reaaaallly had to concentrate on this. It was such a novel task for her. It was neat to see her watch me wrap the thread, follow my verbal directions and cues, and as it became easier for her…wrap that thread around faster and faster!
Big Sister and Little Guy liked matching up the colors to the clothes pins.
After they sorted the poms, we changed it up just a little. I pulled out washable markers in the same four colors and Big Sister wrote right on the plastic tray. She is learning to sound out words so we worked together on the letters to spell out the colors.
Pre-handwriting Warm-up Exercise
The pinching and fine motor strengthening with the clothes pins is a great mini-hand exercise to warm up the hands before a handwriting task.
This was such a fun activity!
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