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Yarn Wrapped Craft Stick Dolls

 My 4 year old loves to play with yarn. Many of our favorite activities and crafts are wrapped or threaded with yarn. We  made lovely yarn wrapped hearts earlier this year & my daughter loved it.

She loves the yarn because she loves to unravel & cut it and I love it because it is great for her fine motor skills.

Yarn Wrapped craft stick dolls. A cute craft with fine motor skills. Kids will love to make & play with these. Arts & Crafts for children

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This craft is fun to make & is fun to play with after you are finished, at least my daughter thought so.

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Earth Day Lacing Craft

Earth Day is April 22nd. It is never too soon to start teaching your children about the planet & how to protect it. We have taught our daughter to recycle & the importance of not wasting food, water or electricity.  Even her favorite book “The Lorax” teaches her about what can happen if we don’t protect our planet.

Earth Day Lacing Craft using recycled cardboard. A great fine motor activity & craft for the kids.

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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.” Dr. Seuss – The Lorax

Earth Day Lacing Craft using recycled cardboard. A great fine motor activity & craft for kids

Since my daughter loves sewing so much, to celebrate this Earth Day, we opted to make an Earth craft & lacing activity. Here is how.

What you will need:

Cardboard

Acrylic paint

Yarn

Yarn needle

Directions:

Draw a circle and a rough sketch of the Earth on a piece of cardboard. The shapes do not have to be perfect. Poke holes around the outline of the shapes of the continents.

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Paint the cardboard using green for the inside of your outline & blue on the outside. Let the paint dry.

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Use a yarn needle to thread through the holes on the inside of the continents.

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Earth Day Lacing Craft using recycled cardboard. A great fine motor activity & craft for the kids

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Button Wind Chimes

Button Threaded Wind Chimes - Great for fine motor skills -spring craft for kids

My daughter is obsessed with threading buttons.  When she is bored she will just grab the box of buttons and thread one pipe cleaner after another.  I have a drawer full of button necklaces made by my sweet little girl. With spring around the corner, I thought that we could put those button stringing skills to some good use and make a new wind chime for our new home. For our purposes, we used pipe cleaners. You may do this with yarn or string as well.

What you will need:

2 paper bowls

A variety of buttons

Pipe cleaners –

A small Play-doh lid

A foam sheet in any color

Glue

Directions:

Poke holes around the top of the paper bowl forming a circle. Poke one more hole through the center.

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Pull a pipe cleaner through the center hole and bend at the top to secure. Poke a hole through the small Play-Doh lid & slide it up the pipe cleaner.

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Cut 2 identical pieces of foam in any shape & glue the pieces together around the bottom part of your pipe cleaner.

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Cut some of the pipe cleaners so that you have different lengths going around.

It did not take much convincing to get my daughter to start stringing up some pipe cleaners with the buttons for our wind chime. I had her only fill about 1/4 of the pipe cleaner& then we spread the buttons out. Poke each pipe cleaner through the hole in the bowl & bend at the top to secure.

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Poke two holes in the other paper bowl & make a loop with another pipe cleaner like shown. Bend to secure underneath. Glue this bowl over the top of the other bowl. This will cover up all of the pipe cleaner knots on top of the other bowl & just make it look cleaner.

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Find a spot to hang your wind chime.

Button Threaded Wind Chimes - Great fine motor spring craft for kids

 

 

 

 

 

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Yarn Wrapped Hearts

Yarn Wrapped Valentine's Hearts - A great fine motor craft & activity for the kids

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My daughter is slightly obsessed with yarn. We have a big bin filled with yarn & ribbon and she pulls it out all the time. She likes to cut it, tie it to things & make obstacle courses throughout the house with it.

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Button Threading Activity & Craft

Stringing buttons for teaching fine motor skills & patterns

My daughter & I have always enjoyed crafting and drawing together, but ever since we have moved into our new house & we have a craft room of our very own, she downright loves it.

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With all of our supplies organized in shelves & bins finally and not just stuffed into a box, she has more freedom to make projects of her own. The other day, she grabbed a container full of buttons and some pipe cleaners & strung up a necklace. She did it again the next day, but that time with pasta. It was a wonderful thing to watch her so engaged. Sometimes, she strung up the buttons & pasta at random, other times she formed patterns.

Thread Button Necklaces For A Great Fine Motor Skill Activity & For Dress Up Play

 Last night she wanted to make button necklaces again. She asked me to cut out a heart to put in the middle of them for Valentine’s Day.

So, for the 3rd day in a row, my daughter made button necklaces. Mai strung up her necklaces & I made one too & per her request cut foam hearts to dangle from her new jewelry.

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You will need to use two pipe cleaners twisted together to form a necklace. The heart was cut out of a piece of foam & strung up with a piece of yarn.

Threading buttons to make necklaces & bracelets. Great fine motor activity & craft and a great way to teach patterns as well

Threading buttons to make necklaces & bracelets. Great fine motor activity & craft

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Trim The Tree Christmas Craft

A great fine motor skill activity and Christmas craft - trim and curl the Christmas tree. Winter and holiday crafts for kids, toddlers, and preschoolers - button crafts

I was a bit under the weather this weekend.  It is tough to be sick when you have a child. It is even tougher to be sick when you have a child & are sharing a basement with that child, your hubby and a cattle dog while your house is in the final phases of construction. I spent a lot of time on the couch & trying to sleep and my daughter spent a lot of time drawing pictures with her friend that we were staying with. Here is a picture she drew for me while I was sick. There is me on the couch & my daughter next to me. The bald guy in the background is my husband with our dog.

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She drew me a bunch of get well cards & drawings. It was very sweet. Shewoke up yesterday & grabbed more paper & kept drawing. This time it was a Christmas tree.  When she was finished, she was so very proud. And just like in one of our latest crafts, she drew a little girl & boy and said they were looking out the window. So cute!

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She was so excited about her drawing. She wanted to hang it up. She then said to me “Let’s make more Christmas trees. I was still feeling a bit run down, but I have a hard time saying no to crafts.

So we did!

TRIM THE TREE CHRISTMAS CRAFT

My daughter is big into using her safety scissors right now. She loves to cut up everything.

I wanted to give her the chance to practice her cutting skills.

I cut 4 triangles of different sizes out of construction paper for each tree being made.

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I glued the top 1/3 of the largest triangle & pressed it down onto the bottom of a piece of blue construction paper.

I glued the next biggest the same way over lapping the bottom triangle & continued this way with the rest. The bottoms of each triangle should be loose.

I had two different ages & skill levels doing this project. My daughter used the scissors, while her younger friend glued her own shapes down without the use of scissors.

*Use your own judgment & operate caution when letting your child use scissors.*

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Use scissors & cut upward like shown on all triangle sections.

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Mai had her own method.

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She just want to cut. She trimmed & trimmed some more. When she cut the bottom tier & saw her trunk exposed, she cracked up & said “It looks like I went overboard.” I laughed. Where does she get this stuff?

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She used a marker to color in the gap.

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I used a marker to curl my cut sections upwards.

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After we were done trimming our trees, we used buttons to decorate.

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Here are the girl’s finished products.

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A great fine motor skill activity and Christmas craft - trim and curl the Christmas tree. Winter and holiday crafts for kids, toddlers, and preschoolers - button crafts