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Beads and Feathers for Fine Motor and Color Learning

If you need a quick and easy little activity for the kids while you are making dinner, or just something fun for the kids to keep practice a few fine motor skills, then this is a great activity for you.  Simple to set up and easy to clean up, this one will get those little muscles going and moving with fine motor dexterity!

Beading with feathers

This activity works on several grasps, color awareness, counting, sorting, visual scanning, and eye-hand-coordination.  How can you beat such an easy activity with so many benefits??  Let's do this:

Fine motor activity for kids using beads and feathers.

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We received supplies for free from our friends at, but you could also find the few things that you need online (or in your own craft supply closet).  You'll need:

Preschoolers and Toddlers can match beads to feathers to learn colors.

Get your feathers and some coordinating beads and lay them out on the table.  I started a few fetaters to show the kids what we were doing and had the invitation to start ready to go.  They came over to check it out and would bead a bit here and there throughout the day.  It was kind of like a therapeutic little break from bouncing off of couch cushions and each other.  Their little bodies needed a chance to slow down and re-group before getting back into the routine of regularly scheduled chaos.

But maybe that's just my kids?
Sorting colored beads to match colored feathers is a fun way to learn colors.

 Pincer Grasp Activity and Eye-hand coordination activity for kids

You could also put out a big old tray of all kinds of beads with different colors, shapes, sizes to work with.  This slightly makes the activity just a little more difficult as the child has to visually scan for the colors needed and pick out the beads that they want with a neat pincer grasp.  Using the tips of the index finger and the thumb in a precision grasp to manipulate beads from a big tray of colors is great for eye-hand coordination.  Want more ideas to work on neat pincer grasp or eye hand coordination?  We've got plenty!

Threading colored beads on feathers is a great way for prechoolers and toddlers to work on colors and fine motor skills.

Bilateral Hand Coordination Activity for Kids

Holding the feather and the beads requires two hands to work together in a coordinated way (bilateral hand coordination).  This is a great way to practice pre-writing skills and those requirements needed for self- care like managing buttons, zippers, shoe-tying, and scissor skills.

Beads and feathers are a fun way to practice colors and fine motor skills with kids.

Activity for kids to learn colors

Younger children (Baby Girl is just getting this!)  can learn colors and practice naming colors as they pick out the beads and match to the color of the feather.  How many other ways can you think of to make this a learning opportunity?  Patterns, sorting, counting...this is a fun learning op and a great way to get those little hands moving!

Looking for a few more ways to practice fine motor skills with kids?  Follow along on our fine motor Pinterest board where we've got lots of fun ideas stocked up:
                                Kids can work on fine motor skills and color matching awareness while beading feathers.

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