You can take the teacher out of the classroom, but you can’t take teaching out of her heart. I am l-o-v-i-n-g our early learning activities with Carter. We’re back with another fine motor activity… a super cute snowman footprint craft.
A Few Tips
Because we make multiples of each project to use as gifts, I like to start with printables on card stock so they all look exactly the same. Plus it saves so much time. You can make your own, have your kids write the words themselves if they’re old enough, or grab the printables from my store to use over and over.
Until Carter gets bigger, I prefer using ink pads instead of paint because the ink really shows the fingerprint details and is easier to clean up.
I also pre-cut the pieces for Carter. He’s 3.5 right now and while we practice scissor skills, cutting small details like this isn’t quite up to his ability yet.
Fine Motor Practice
Fine motor skills use the small muscles in the hands, fingers, and thumbs. As babies fine motor skills are needed for feeding and grabbing toys, but as kids get older they use those same muscles for buttoning and zipping clothes, writing, cutting, etc.
It’s important to practice these skills at home before preschool. Stringing beads, snapping cubes, putting together puzzles, and even playing with play dough can be great ways to practice. So are activities like this where kids need to glue tiny pieces together.
Just look at this fine motor practice and his concentration!
I can’t wait to see your snowmen creations! Be sure to share them with me on Instagram @ChristiFultz.