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3 Simple Fine-Motor Christmas Crafts

December 4, 2017Jenny

Christmas offers a great opportunity for getting out the craft box and being creative with little ones. When else can you let toddlers loose with the glitter and still stay in a good mood, right?! But with so many ideas around, it is easy to become overwhelmed or stressed by some of the more complicated craft suggestions, or, let’s face it, masterpieces, which can make us all feel a bit inadequate in our less-than-instagram-worthy attempts!

Never fear! Here are three SUPER SIMPLE and straightforward crafts to do with young children, which all have the added bonus of being great for practicing those all important fine motor skills, too! Win-win.

  • Invitation to make a wreath.

I love setting up these kind of ‘invitation stations’ to suggest an activity to children without dictating to them how it must look at the end. I use a plastic food-buffet tray from a cheap shop to set it up as you can put different resources in each area and it helps to keep it reasonably organised. For this activity, the only preparation was collecting together the resources; a couple of hole punches, a paper plate with the middle removed to make a wreath shape, some festive tape and lots of red and green scraps of material, felt, paper, and foil. Go, Go, Go!

  • Wooden gift blocks

Again, this craft is very easy; using thin coloured tape, turn simple wooden blocks into Christmas presents. This is a great craft to do prior to setting up a sensory bin or tuff tray activity with a Christmas theme, or they could be used to decorate the Christmas tree itself. If you are joining in with ‘Elf on the Shelf’ activities, they would make great props. By using the thin tape, youngsters can practice finding the end, pulling it off, cutting it and wrapping it carefully around the block, all very fiddley tasks which require hand-eye coordination and concentration- brilliant skills to practice!

  • Split-pin baubles

We had these split pins kicking around at home; found in an old box of tags and ribbon under the bed. To push them through the paper himself, Little would have found too tricky, but because I made little holes for each one, he loved working out how to get the ‘pointy bit’ through and then open the split pin on the other side. This was a totally new activity for him and it was challenging, but he kept going and was doing them independently after the first couple. By adding numbers to the paper tree, there was an additional maths element here, which was great for practicing counting to 10.

Do you have any super simple craft ideas for pre-schoolers? I’d love to hear them, get in touch over social media and remember to tag Rabbit Ideas!

Mission Mindfulness

Comments (9)

  • Fee – One of Each

    December 10, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Such fun activities. I think.I like the split pin idea best! #christmaslittlemakes

    1. Jenny Rumney

      December 11, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Thank you! It’s amazing what you come up with from raiding the old Christmas stash of goodies! 😉

  • Hayley @ Mission: Mindfulness

    December 10, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Lovely ideas – we’ve done a wreath at a playgroup recently but think split-pin baubles sound good! I think your point about ‘invitation stations’ is a REALLY good one. Thanks as ever xx #thesatsesh

    1. Jenny Rumney

      December 11, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Great! Yes, the invitations are really cool- I think I like these better than a prescribed ‘craft’ activity- leaves it open to creativity!

  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy

    December 11, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I am always looking for new craft ideas for children, so I am going to try the wreath soon #christmaslittlemakes@_karendennis

    1. Jenny Rumney

      December 11, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Great- let me know hoe it goes!

  • Helena

    December 21, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    These are certainly lots of fun for llittle ones. #littlemakes

  • Jemma

    December 21, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Really good ideas! Learning whilst crafting – love it! #littlemakes

    1. Jenny Rumney

      December 29, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks!

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