It can be challenging to find fun ways to build fine motor skills but most kids will enjoy sewing for fun. This activity can be made using recycled materials which makes it even better. You can also recycle the project itself by pulling out the threads and re-use the burlap canvas.
Look how proud he is!
One summer day when we had lots of time, I found a nice piece of burlap in my craft supplies. It seemed like a nice day to sit outside and sew. I was actually a little surprised by how long this activity held their attention.
Not only do hand sewing skills develop finger dexterity and the development of fine motor skills they also develop pre-reading skills. The motion that the eyes have when they are looking while sewing is visual tracking; a critical skill for reading fluency.
There are many ways that you can enjoy this activity: as a simple sewing project, a way to practice letters or even as a cooperative game!
- Fine Motor
- Letter Recognition (optional)
- Cooperative Play Skills (optional)
- An old canvas or a picture frame
- Big sewing needle
- Tacks or staples
- Take an old canvas or picture frame. Remove either the canvas or the glass.
- Take a piece of burlap and stretch it tightly over the frame.
- Staple or tack it to the back of the frame.
- You can write letters or draw shapes on the burlap for the child to sew over.
- In a group situation make a cooperative sewing game. Give each child a burlap covered frame. Give each child a different colored yarn. Put a timer on for 4 – 5 minutes. When the timer goes off hand your canvas to the person on your left and have them sew on that canvas. Repeat until each canvas has been passed to each child.
And look how proud he is!
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