Cupcake Liner Fish Craft

Make this adorable fish craft from cupcake liners.  It is simple, yet offers little fingers plenty of fine motor practice. You will need: construction paper, cupcake liners, scissors, glue, goggly eye, and crayons (markers, paint, etc.). 1.  Trace a simple fish shape on the construction paper. 2.  Color and/or paint the fish.  Allow to dry. […]

Painting With Pipe Cleaners: A Simple Fine Motor Activity

Painting is one of my daughter’s favorite activities.  So we paint a lot around here, to say the least.  We are always finding new objects to paint with and different paint techniques to use.  My daughter wanted to try using pipe cleaners to make paint prints with; so we did.  Not only was it fun, […]

Purposeful Painting

Painting can be beneficial on so many levels for both children and adults.  Not only does it offer fine motor practice, it also provides relaxation, amongst other benefits.  Don’t limit your children (or yourself!) to only using paint brushes and paper; think outside of the box and be creative with your choice of media to use […]

Sensory Sorting Activity

Young children act a lot like scientists when they learn through their senses.  Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates young children’s senses: smell, touch, sight, hearing and taste. Sensory activities facilitate exploration and encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, and explore. Spending time stimulating their senses benefits children on multiple levels. You […]

Simple Pasta Name Craft

This simple craft allows for fine-motor practice along with sensory play while using just a few basic supplies. Here are 5 reasons why sensory play is beneficial: Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive […]

First ABC Book and Activity

My First Touch and Trace First ABC (Tiger Tales) is a good book to use to help your little one(s) develop pre-reading skills and fine-motor practice while tracing the letter shapes. 1.  Show your little one(s) the book.  Point out the colors and letters.  Explain that they will use their fingers to help trace the […]