Valentines Activities to Increase Fine Motor Skills

Growing YearsI. Valentine Hearts Fine Motor Lacing

Supplies:

Colored Felt (red, white and black)

Fabric Scissors

Googly Eyes

Yarn

Masking Tape

Hot Glue Gun

Directions (For one child):

- Fold felt in half and cut out half of a heart.

- Cut out three hearts of various sizes in each of the three colors.

- Fold the hearts in half horizontally and cut two vertical slits (do not cut to the edges),

- Glue googly eyes onto the hearts.

- Cut three feet of yarn.

- Tape the ends using masking.

- I cut two slits so that the yarn could be laced up through one hole and down through the other. This creates a mouth for the hearts.

- Demonstrate how to lace the hearts.

- To lace the hearts go up and then down to create the yarn mouth.

- String all the hearts together using only one slit or two.

II. Valentines Fine Motor Heart Mobile

Supplies:

Some cardboard hearts

Glue

Paint brush

Crepe Paper (red, pink and white)

Ribbon to hang your mobile

Directions:

- Cut up your crepe paper into strips and smaller pieces.

- Put glue onto a section of the heart.

- Crumple the crepe paper to scrunch it.

- Put each scrunched piece on the glue.

- Alternate the colors.

- Continue until the hearts are covered.

- Make holes in the hearts

- Tie them with strips of ribbon to make a valentines mobile.

Alternatively, string each heart separately and attach to a hanger.

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