This fine motor weather craft is a fun way to work on a few fine motor skills while encouraging creative writing and handwriting, too! We’ve talked about pinch grip strength and clothes pins before and this craft is a fun way to extend those strengthening skills. I love to add a bit of strengthening and proprioceptive input before a handwriting task, so these clothes pins fit the bill before a weather themed handwriting task! Warm up the hands with a few pinch exercises and then work on handwriting skills during a creative writing or journal topic about weather!
Cut the weather shapes from the materials and glue to the clothes pins. For the sun, cut a circle and cut rays. For the cloud, cut a cloud shape from the fleece and raindrops from the blue card stock. For the thunderstorm, cut a cloud shape from the blue card stock and a lightning bolt from the yellow craft foam. For the snowflake, simply glue the foam shape on the clothes pin.
Weather Themed Writing Creative Journal Prompts
We used these weather clothes pin crafts in a creative writing assignment. Have your child choose a clothes pin and clip it to their notebook or top of their paper. They can use the weather type to brainstorm creative journal topics based on the weather. For example, if they choose the sun, they could write about activities they like to do in the sun, their favorite thing about sunny weather, or their favorite memory from a sunny day. I ask my second grader to write like she’s been instructed at school: One topic sentence, three supporting sentences, and a closing statement.
Fine Motor Warm Up before Handwriting
Using the clothes pins as a fine motor warm up is a great way to build strength and “wake up” the muscles needed to write. Let me know if you try this activity at home. I would love to hear about it!
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