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.
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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.
Materials for our fun flower art project:
- Construction Paper
- Marker or Crayon
- 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.
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.
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.
Fold the cut-out strips of paper in one direction to form the petals of the flower. This fine motor action uses a pincer grasp.
Glue the flowers onto the stiff paper or cardboard. Decorate with the squeezable glue or paint. This works on building hand strength.
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:
- 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.
- 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 that many items in the center of their flower. Whoever fills their flower first wins.
- Have different color items and matching colored flowers. Roll a colored dice and put the matching color in the corresponding flower.
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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