It’s Fine Motor Friday! Every Friday in October Lalymom, Craftulate, School Time Snippets, Next Comes L, and myself will be posting fun activities that promote development of fine motor skills. So after reading this post you will want to go check out what fun they have posted about!
This Halloween threading activity is a cross between a button snake and bead threading activity and it is quite the challenge for developing fine motor skills. It is very easy to make and a fun way for you to get creative! I had a lot of fun making this activity. It only took me as long as Caden’s nap one afternoon.
To make this activity you need:
- Black, Orange, Golden, White & Green felt
- 1 pipe cleaner
- 1 bead
- 1 Spider cupcake topper
- some Halloween cookie cutters to use as stencils
- a pencil for tracing
- a black thin point permanent marker
- a silver metallic thin point permanent marker
To make the pipe cleaner threader I wrapped the spider cupcake topper as one end to act as a stopper and attached a bead at the other end to make a dull point for threading through the felt pieces. Then I got started creating some fun felt pieces to thread on to the pipe cleaner. I used the cookie cutters to trace the basic shape onto the felt, then cut them out and added some details using my permanent markers. To make the spider web, I first sketched the spider web on to the felt, and then carefully cut around it. And to make the candy corn felt piece, I sketched out the basic shape of candy corn onto white felt, then cut out orange and golden pieces to fit and glued them onto the white piece using craft glue. I cut a small slit into each felt piece so the pipe cleaner can be easily pushed through, as if threading.
When Caden woke up from his nap I showed him what I had worked on and he was immediately interested in checking it out! He looked over all the felt pieces I had made and recognized the spider cupcake topper as something that came from his Halloween sensory bin. After thoroughly checking it out, he gave it a try.
This is something that is very challenging for him, and he wasn’t quite successful on his first try. Not to mention that he had just woken up and needed a snack. But I am going to put it out on a tray this week and see if we can work on it and have some success!
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