A Snowman that works Fine Motor Skills is the Perfect Winter Craft Activity for PreschoolersThis post is a special guest post written by Leanne from Sugar Aunts. This project focuses on fine motor skills for children ages 2-7 yrs. It is the perfect winter craft activity for preschoolers.
This Multi-Textural Fine Motor Snowman craft was a ton of fun to create and worked on many fine motor skills. The multiple textures added a sensorial bonus...and a great texture to our snowman!
This Fine Motor Snowman craft was a big hit with my daughters. We started with a snowman cut from white contact paper. This was glued to a sheet of blue construction paper and then taped to the wall. I wanted the task to be done on a vertical surface to further challenge the fine motor dexterity. Working on an inclined surface such as an easel or wall encourages a tripod grasp when manipulating small pieces. An extended wrist (wrist bent back in the direction of the back of the hand) and a tripod grasp is necessary for an appropriate grasp on writing utensils.
Big Sister (age 6) is in kindergarten and developing her scissor skills. I pulled out a variety of textured materials. We had strips of thin Styrofoam, foam packaging sheets, and tissue paper. Strips of the materials had marked lines for her to snip. Cutting small snips along a line is a great way to work on scissor skills and line awareness with a new scissor user.
Snipping these different textures with scissors really encourages line awareness. A thick bulky material like the Styrofoam requires was easier to cut. Cutting the foam was very easy for Big Sister. (She asked for more foam to snip once we were finished!)
Tissue paper is a very thin and flimsy material and requires great scissor control. This was a fun material to try and the short cuts were just right for Big Sister!
Once all of our materials were snipped into little squares, we sorted them by texture. This was a fun way to explore the differences.
Next, we stuck the different materials onto the contact paper snowman.
This part of the craft was fun for Baby Girl (age 2). She loved sticking the different materials onto the contact paper and worked for a LONG time to fill up the whole snowman.
Our multi-textural snowman was a fun way to practice scissor skills and work on some fine motor areas while creating a winter craft for kids!
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