Fine Motor Flower Fiesta

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Making art and craft projects with the kids is a fabulous way to sneak in skill building while the children have fun creating beauty. We have snuck in a boat load of fine motor skills all in this one art project!

This Fine Motor Flower Fiesta is packed full of skills:

Hand strength, pincer grasp, visual spatial skills, proprioception exercise, scissor & pre-writing skills in one fine motor craft project.

Fine Motor Flower Fiesta: hand strength, pincer grasp, visual spatial skills, proprioception exercise, scissor & pre-writing skills in one fine motor craft project

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The first skill that is addressed is executive functioning.

Executive functioning is what allows us to complete a task or goal. It can be as simple as blowing one’s nose or as complex as inventing an alternative energy source. This craft project is simple to do, yet it requires a series of steps to complete.

Executive functioning is what allows us to complete a task or goal. It can be as simple as blowing one’s nose or as complex as inventing an alternative energy source. This craft project is simple to do, yet it requires a series of steps to complete.

Fine Motor Flower Fiesta

Materials for our fun flower art project:

  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Marker or Crayon
  • Glue
  • Stiff paper or Cardboard
  • Squeezable paint or glue (optional)
  • Embellishments (optional)

You can work on pre-writing skills by having the children draw a row of horizontal lines on the construction paper.

We used a block to use as a straight edge and measuring tool. It had the added benefit of guiding the child to draw a straight line.

Paper cutting lines for Fine Motor Flower Fiesta Craft Project for Kids

Then I drew the vertical line all the way down the paper because I wanted to control where it was drawn.

Next, it is time to work on scissors skills.  

Have the child cut along the lines that were drawn onto the construction paper.

Cutting the Fine Motor Fiesta Flowers

By using a stapler, we exercise proprioception and visual spatial skills.

Form a circle with the strips of paper. It may be very difficult for some children to line up the ends correctly and apply the correct amount of pressure to staple the strips into circles.

Stapled Fine Motor Flower Fiesta Art Project

This fine motor action uses a pincer grasp.

Fold the cut-out strips of paper in one direction to form the petals of the flower.

Fine Motor Flower Fiesta

Glue the flowers onto the stiff paper or cardboard. Decorate with the squeezable glue or paint. This works on building hand strength.

Extend the fun and learning of this fine motor activity!

My husband saw the flower fiesta drying on the table and he asked what game I was making. I said it was a craft project designed to work on fine motor, not a game. So he came up with three more ideas:

  1. Put a picture in the middle of the flower. If you want, print out different expressions and have the children identify the feelings. We chose to keep it simple and use a picture of our daughter.
  2. Have a bowl full of objects and some tongs, zoo sticks or tweezers. Have the children take turns picking number cards and then use the tongs, zoo sticks or tweezers to put the corresponding amount of items in the center of their flower. Whoever fills their flower first wins.
  3. Have different color items and matching colored flowers. Roll a colored dice and put the matching color in the corresponding flower.

Fine Motor Flower Fiesta

Voila! Hopefully, you had fun, the kids had fun and you have an awesome field of flowers. Not only that, the children worked on executive functioning, hand strength, their pincer grasp, visual spatial skills, proprioception exercise, scissor and pre-writing skills all in one creative fine motor craft project.

 


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28 Comments





  1. This looks like a fun project! I’m going to have to try it with my 2.5 year old. I like the idea of putting emotions in the center of it to help him through his emotions, seeing as we’re coming upon the “threenager” years, and the mood swings have been coming on stronger lately.

    I’ll be pinning this as well so I can remember to give it a try.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us on the Friday Funday blog hop! #FFBH

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    1. We hope your 2.5-year old has a lot of fun learning some scissor skills! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for hosting the Friday Funday blog hop! #FFBH

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  2. I love this idea! A great way for them to work on their fine motor skills while making something so pretty!

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  3. Adorable! I love the one with the picture inside. Such a great way to work on scissor skills…which we need to do.

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  4. What a great project for scissor skills!! They turned out so cute!

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  5. These are adorable and PERFECT for scissor skills. My kids love using scissors and I’ve always let them use them from a young age. I love how you out the photos in the center!

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  6. I think they also look like little suns! You could make each one into a little smiling sunshine. Love it!

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  7. I’m focusing on fine motor more with my daughter right now and absolutely love this idea. She is a true girlier girl so anything flowery and pink will be VERY well received. She is working on precision of cutting and pencil grip as well as following lines at preschool. Her teacher has said she isn’t doing as well as the others. My main focus is to work on these skills while having fun and not being too precise. If a three-year-old can’t learn and have fun, then what’s the point? Thanks so much for this great post!

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    1. What a great mom you are! You are so right a three-year-old should have fun while they learn. We hope your little girl has so much fun making her own flower fiesta!

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  8. My 3 year old will LOVE this project! Maybe we will do this to brighten up our windows that look out to the WHITE snow on the ground! I bet I could easily hang them on the windows! 🙂

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  9. My daughter is 5 and loves crafts and I love watching her learn new skills, so this will be a great snowy day activity for us. Thanks!

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  10. My toddler would love this! She is always trying to play with scissors! ha!

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