This time of year is all about growth and renewal. While fresh veggies may not be ready to harvest from the garden yet, you can get in the spirit with this fine motor control activity: Cardboard Carrots! Here’s how.
- Orange yarn
- Cardboard box, grab one from the recycling!
- Green paint
- Glue or tape
How to make Cardboard Carrots:
- To make sure they have time to dry, your first step should be painting the clothespins with your green paint. Holding a paintbrush is great fine motor practice for your child! Ask them to paint the entire clothespin in one thin coat. These will be your “carrot tops” at the end! Set aside to dry.
- Next, trace a tear drop “carrot” shape on your cardboard, any size you like. If possible, ask your child to cut out the shape! Great scissor practice.
- Using a piece of tap or a drop of glue, secure one end of the orange yarn in the center of one side of your cardboard carrot shape.
- Instruct your child to hold the end with a finger while he or she begins wrapping the yarn randomly around the cardboard shape. Wrap around and around until you’re pleased with the cardboard-yarn ratio.
- Snip off the yarn from the ball and secure the loose end with a dab of glue or by tucking it into the wrapped yarn.
- Last step! Ask your child to clip the dry green clothespins on the wider end of the tear drop shape. Now your carrots have green tops! Display in your home all spring and summer long.
These step-by-step projects are great for children, not only because of the addition of fine motor challenges like cutting, tracing, wrapping, and painting, but also because the logical steps feed their desire for order.
For younger children, make sure to take things one step at a time so they don’t feel overwhelmed. Give older children a challenge by asking them to lead the activity, reading steps as they go and thinking logically about what comes next!
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