Recycled Ornament Garland Craft
We are big fans of creating crafts and activities using recycled materials and pulled out a stash of recycled lids to make this ornament garland. The kids loved making a Christmas garland, and I loved the fine motor skills that happened!
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Fine Motor Threading Activity
The fine motor portion of this threading actity makes this garland a great way to practice many skills year-round. The tripod grasp, bilateral hand coordination, and crossing midline during this activity make it a fun way to create and develop many important skills.
We started with a big stack of recycled lids. These are the plastic lids that come on children's drink cups at restaurants. When you have three kids, you end up with a lot of drink lids!
Fine Motor Skills with a Roll of Tape
We used decorative tape that has been in our crafting bins for ages. You can use washi tape to decorate those lids. The fine motor benefits of a child and a roll of tape are immense; There are a TON of fine motor dexterity skills that can occur by allowing a child to use tape. A neat pincer grasp is required to pinch and grasp the sticky tape, while using the other, non-dominant hand to grasp the dispenser just right. Pulling the tape and tearing it at the metal teeth of the tape dispenser requires controlled motor movements and eye-hand coordination. Children will inevitably pull and pull and pull the tape when they first begin using a roll of tape, unassisted. That's ok! They learn as they play and a roll of tape is a fun and creative way to practice fine motor skill.
Note: If you give a child a roll of tape, you will end up with tape on the walls. ((That should be the title of a children's book! Ha!)) The urge to display artwork is just too great!
Once all of the lids are decorated with tape, grab a long piece of yarn. We used a piece of tape at the end to make threading easier.
Baby Girl (age 3) loved this threading activity. She asked to re-make this garland a few times in the week after we first made ours. She did a great job of threading the yarn through the straw holes of the lids. This is such a good way to work on tripod grasp and hand-eye coordination.
Pulling the thread all the way through the hole and pulling the lid down the yarn requires bilateral hand coordination to use the hands together in a coordinated manner. This is an important skill for many self-care tasks like shoe tying, zippering, and buttoning.
We used our garland as a Christmas decoration by hanging them from our window sill. While this is a fun Christmas activity, I would definitely recommend doing this as a fine motor exercise year-round.
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Stackadoo Christmas Tree Cards from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree from Craftulate
Christmas Sun Catchers from Where Imagination Grows
Tape Resist Christmas Presents from House of Burke
Christmas Books about the True Holiday Spirit from All Done Monkey
Christmas Memory Countdown from JDaniel 4's Mom