Welcome to what’s probably my favorite category of posts. The heart and soul of why I wanted to write this blog. . . To share simple ideas that families can try at home. I like to keep it easy and affordable.
First off, I need to confess something to you guys. . . You know how I said I LOVE stickers? Shortly after that post, I started to see stickers everywhere in my house. In the laundry, on my cabinets, and in the bathroom. I still value the fine motor development that stickers offer, but this madness had to stop. So now, I say this with a caveat. . .This OT loves stickers in a well-defined area, on paper, and cleaned up at the end of sticker time.
I’ve been slacking a little bit in the kid crafts department lately. Mostly because I’ve fallen behind in keeping the house clean, and voluntarily getting out craft supplies seemed like three steps back when it comes to a clean house. Partially because the kids are just at two completely different skill levels. I have an almost four year old and a 16 month old. The 16 month old wants to do EVERYTHING big sis does, so I thought for a minute about a craft I could set up for them that they could do mostly on their own and would still be fun for each.
If you came here for a “perfect” looking Pinterest craft, you have visited the wrong blog! It drives me crazy when I see a project meant for preschoolers that is 4 parts adult completion/adult help, and 1 part child creativity. I’m here to show you that developmentally beneficial activities don’t have to be complicated or even take up that much time!
We actually have a couple of different activities that we did with the same supplies. One was a color sorting egg and the other was just a free-form egg decoration.
See? Probably the simplest set up ever.
Construction paper of varying colors
Child size scissors
Glue (We used liquid glue, but stick glue is great if you want to give them more independence)
A couple shallow containers for all of the pieces
For one container, cut small squares of 6 different colors
For the other container, cut various shapes, squiggles, and zig zags
Draw an egg on each paper that you’ll use
For the color-sorting activity, draw wavy lines across the egg to separate the colors
My (almost) four year old did this one while her brother napped. I started each section with one colored square, then put a bunch of glue dots all over the egg and asked her to make the whole stripe match. She had no trouble with it, but it was a great activity to work with her on staying on task.
Fine motor precision, pincer grasp, color sorting, following directions, attention to task, visual scanning (to find the color in the container)
Make it harder: Use the container with various shapes, have your child cut the pieces during set up, have your child draw the lines across the egg during set up
Free form egg:
Both kids made a free form egg. My daughter helped me cut some of the shapes. We talked about what each shape was, and I even cut a few odd shapes like a trapezoid and a tear drop to see if she could name them. We worked on folding the paper to cut multiple at one time. We kept going until we had a few shapes in each color. Shortly after that, our little buddy woke up from his nap and was ready to do some crafts!
I put glue on my daughter’s egg and just let her have fun decorating! Occasionally, I’d ask her what shape she was using, but I mostly let her be. She finished hers up and then embellished the border of her picture with flowers. That’s her favorite thing to draw right now.
Since little guy is kind of a mess, I only put glue on part of his egg at a time. I showed him how to put the shapes on the glue a couple times, and then he used his pincer grasp to pick out some shapes and stick them on the egg. He got his fingers in the glue a few times and wanted me to wipe it off, but I made him wait until we were done. He smears jelly in his hair. . . he should be able to tolerate some glue on his fingers. As he picked out the little pieces, I’d make a big deal of saying the color+shape in a sing-song voice.
For the older kids: scissor skills, fine motor precision, shape and color recognition, bonding time with the younger sibling ( 🙂 )
For the little guys: fine motor precision, pincer grasp development, beginning of color and shape recognition, bonding time with the older sibling ( 🙂 )
So, I know it’s not the fanciest craft, but look at all the great skills you can address with paper, scissors, and some glue! It’s a quick set-up and clean-up with a cute result! I love that siblings of all ages could sit down and do this craft together because it is easily altered for all abilities. Really, this idea can be used for any holiday! Just change the shape and the colors!
Do you have a fun Easter craft? I’d love to see it! If you ever have questions about how to alter a craft for a certain skill set, send me a message and we’ll work on it together!