|Great fine motor skills activity|
|Dollar bin finds|
Dylan, Jake and Emma have great fine motor skills and they really enjoy activities that help them reinforce this skill. This activity also allowed them to make a very cool piece of artwork that you can keep out for awhile or put away and save it for next time.
*Safety note* I find pipe cleaners to be sharp on the ends so for younger kids you can bend the ends back to prevent scratches, but in general kids should be supervised with this activity for obvious safety concerns.
The idea is to have them feed the pipe cleaner ends through the holes in the colander. Emma began by putting the two ends in to create what she announced was “a rainbow”. Jake liked Emma’s idea of the rainbow, but he of course only wanted to use red (his favorite color).
|Jake hard at work|
|Dylan learning to try it a different way|
|Dylan doing it the first way|
It was interesting to see how differently they did the activity. Jake and Emma liked putting the pipe cleaners in tightly and pushing them down and even bending them whereas Dylan liked having nice arches. There is no right or wrong way to do the activity, which is a great thing for toddlers!
This activity was a complete success and they were happily playing with it until we ran out of pipe cleaners. Luckily Nana just happened to have picked up some more at the store that day so now we will be able to extend our activity even longer next time! Thanks Nana!
|Our cool artwork|