Fine Motor Egg Carton Snowman CraftYou might know that we love fine motor crafts around here. Christmas decorating and crafts are no exception. Why not make a festive holiday snowman craft and sneak in a few fine motor skills while decking the house in homemade decorations like this fine motor snowman craft?
I got the idea for this fine motor snowman after we pulled out our Christmas decorations and and found our fine motor Christmas tree that we made a few years ago (also from egg cartons). My son still remembers how much fun he had making that tree, and tells us about it every year we pull that cutie out of dusty attic boxes. I love that this fun craft helps in so many fine motor areas: tripod grasp, intrinsic hand strength with arch development, and an open web space.
When I saw that this week's theme in the Christmas Countdown series was Christmas decorations, we had to make an egg carton snowman version to hang out with our egg carton tree!
Egg Carton Snowman Craft
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You'll need these materials to make an egg carton snowman craft:
White styrofoam egg carton (OR paint a cardboard egg carton with white paint)
Black crafting pom poms
Black permanent marker
Recycled K-cup or other small cup, like a drinking cup
Fine Motor Snowman craft
To make the egg carton snowman, first cut three sections from the styrofoam egg carton. Cutting styrofoam is a great way to practice scissor skills. It takes a bit more "oomph" to cut the egg carton and is a nice way to practice hand strengthening.
Poking the bamboo skewer into the stryofoam egg carton provides an oppourtunity to work on tripod grasp, intrinsic hand strength with arch development, and an open web space.
Break the wooden skewer in half. This is a job for an adult or an older child. If the skewer has a sharp point after breaking, use a bit of sand paper to smooth the broken ends. Poke the skewer into the sides of one of the egg carton sections. HINT: Use the pointed end of the skewer to create a hole and then poke the broken end into the holes. These will become the arms of your snowman.
Poking holes into the styrofoam provides proprioceptive input with a tripod grasp. This hand strengthening task is a good fine motor task for kids. This is the part that my kids absolutely loved. In fact, they could (and did) poke holes in all of the extra sections of the egg carton. Just because it was fun!
Next, use the pointed end of the skewer to poke the other snowman sections onto the skewer. Combining the egg carton parts in the right order will provide a motor planning and hand-eye coordination task for kids.
To make the hat, use a recycled K-cup or small drinking cup. Cover in Black felt.
Now all you've got to do is glue Black crafting pom poms onto the egg cartons and draw a cute little smile. Depending on how your snowman is sitting, you might need to stick the bottom of the skewer into some play dough to help him stand up strait.
This was such a hit with my kids, and I love seeing different years of their crafts together. Watch my Instagram feed...I'm going to post both the tree and the egg carton together!
Looking for more handmade Christmas decorations? Try some of these:
Crystal Snowballs from Rainy Day Mum
Salt Dough Garland from Crafty Mama in Me
Cinnamon Scented Sled from Play Dough and Popsicles
Jingle Bells Ornament from Peakle Pie
Bubble Wrap Holly Wreath from Crafty Kids at Home
Glitter Glue Gingerbread man from Adventures of Adam
Gingerbread House Ornament from Teach Me Mommy
Kids' Art into Christmas Decorations from Non Toy Gifts
Handmade Christmas Card Holder from My Bright Firefly
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