Happy Fine Motor Friday! My co-hosts (Lalymom, Craftulate, School Time Snippets, Little Bins for Little Hands, P is for Preschooler, Racheous, Still Playing School, House of Burke and Powerful Mothering) and I are excited to share fun activities for toddlers and preschoolers that help build fine motor skills every Friday. At the end of this post you will find links for more great fine motor activities from my co-hosts. Be sure to check them out!
We are starting a science unit on wind and one of the activities in our Science is Simple book by Peggy Ashbrook is to make a wind sock. I wasn’t sure I wanted to share this activity as part of Fine Motor Friday, but after looking at the pictures I see that we practiced many fine motor skills while making this wind sock craft.
To make your own wind sock you will need:
- Plastic soda bottles
- Tissue paper
- glue sticks
- markers and/or stickers
The first thing you need to do is cut your plastic bottle into 1 inch wide hoops. This will make the mouth of your wind sock.
Next decorate your sheet of tissue paper. Caden decided to draw on his tissue paper with markers, and told me he was drawing a snowman and a road. He did great drawing lines and circles. Then he decided to add a couple of car stickers. I decorated my lavender tissue paper with butterfly stickers. Obviously Caden isn’t quite as ready for spring as I am! 🙂
After we were finished decorating our tissue paper, Caden used the glue stick to apply glue to the plastic hoops. Caden was able to get most of this done on his own, and I just finished up making sure it was all covered.
Then I wrapped the tissue paper around the plastic hoop and added a little glue to the edge of the tissue paper. After the glue had dried we used scissors to cut a fringe on the bottom of the wind sock. Caden cut his own fringe (sorry no pictures, I was helping him.) I then used a hole puncher to punch two holes into the plastic hoop opposite each other. Caden tried to do this but it was too tough to punch holes into the plastic.
Next tie on your string or ribbon to hang your wind sock. Caden helped by threading the yarn through the holes and then I tied them on with a knot and hung them up!
Happy Fine Motor Friday!
Be sure to check out these great fine motor ideas from my co-hosts!
Yarn Wrapped Rainbow from School Time Snippets
Hammering Water Beads from Lalymom
Easter Fine Motor Activity with Tongs from Craftulate
Spring Fine Motor Mini Activity Tray from Little Bins for Little Hands
20 Ways Siblings Can Help with a New Baby from Still Playing School
Easy Box & Pipe Cleaner Fine Motor Skills from Powerful Mothering
Simple Colour Mixing Fine Motor Activities from Racheous – Lovable Learning
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Still Playing School says
It’s been so windy here these would be a great way to demonstrate that to my preschooler!
Laura @ Lalymom says
Oh wow those turned out great! And so many great fine motor skills went into it! Cool!
Barb @ A Life in Balance says
I love this idea! I’m saving it for our Girl Scout bridging ceremony in June. We’ll be bridging Daisies and Brownies up to Brownies and Juniors.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days says
This is a great craft for March! I’ve never thought to use an empty soda bottle to make the neck of a windsock, clever.
Rachel | Racheous - Lovable Learning says
Great tutorial and fun too! Thank you for the idea 😀
Alicia Owen says
Awesome! I love it when I find crafts I already have all of the materials for, so I need to make one of these just based on that principle. ha ha! I suppose I could let my daughter help me decorate it. 😉
I love this idea! I can imagine these being fun to make while creating some great memories in the process. Thank you for sharing!
This is an adorable idea!
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