Jack Be Nimble Jack Be Quick Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers
To make a Jack Be Nimble craft, you’ll need:
cardstock in white, another color (we used blue) and a background sheet (we used green)
tissue paper (in red, yellow, and orange)
Start by cutting the simple shapes you’ll need to make the candlestick craft. Older kids can work on scissor skills to cut these simple shapes. Cutting from card stock is a great way to work on scissor accuracy because the resistance is greater than regular printer paper. This allows children to slow their snipping speed and better accuracy when cutting along lines.
Cut a semi-circle from colored paper and a rectangle from white paper. Tear a square of each color of tissue paper.
Glue the semi-circle onto the paper. This is a great opportunity to talk about shapes with your toddler or preschooler.
Glue the rectangle on top of the semicircle.
Draw a flame shape with the glue.
Have your child tear small pieces of the tissue paper. Tearing and crumbling tissue paper is a great way to work on fine motor strengthening, opening of the web space (area between the thumb and index finger), and defining of the arches of the hand. All of these areas are important for pencil grasp and endurance in handwriting and coloring. Tearing tissue paper is such a great fine motor strengthening activity and one of my favorites!