15 March 2008

Fun Fine Motor Activities

I've just had my weekly email from Play Activities and it had two fun fine motor activities I thought I'd share with you.

Activity ~ 3-D squeezey chalk

  • 1/2 cup of cornflour
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • food colouring
  • glitter
  • bowl
  • ziplock bag


  • Mix the flour and cornflour together.
  • Add water and 3-5 drops of food colouring
  • Add the glitter.
  • Mix until it looks like paste.
  • Pour mixture into the Ziplock bag and seal.
  • Cut a small hole in the corner of the Ziplock bag and squeeze the chalk out to make patterns / write words / draw pictures.
Activity ~ String picture


  • sheets of paper
  • different coloured paints
  • string 40cm or longer
  • old newspaper


  • Lay a sheet of paper onto a newspaper covered table top
  • Dip the string into some paint until it's covered.
  • Place the string in an interesting shape on top of the paper.
  • Make sure small part of the string is off the sheet of paper.
  • Carefully put on a second sheet on top of the string.
  • Parent: hold the sheets paper together.
  • Child: hold string and gently pull it out from between the paper.
  • Remove the top sheet of paper and you will see a pattern.
  • Try another colour and repeat.

Play-activities is a free and fun educational e-mail for parents of children under 5. It is run by Melitsa Avila who is a qualified teacher. Melitsa wanted to create a source of activities for parents and children to enjoy, which offered a balance of gross and fine motor activities, social & personal activities, and problem-solving and language activities all in one easily accessible place. If you sign up you can gain access to a wide range of activities to help your child develop a balanced play life, have fun, and enjoy a good mix of the early childhood skills identified by child health professionals. They also have a blog with lots of other ideas and links to other sources of ideas to keep your children busy!

1 comment:

Melitsa said...

Thanks for mentioning the weekly play activities newsletter.