It's really easy to work on fine motor skills with your kids using everyday materials around the house. At least that's the main goal behind the series Everyday Fine Motor Materials from A to Z series (hosted by Still Playing School) - to show you just how easy it is to encourage some fine motor development in your kids. One everyday craft supply that we always have on hand is a bag of colored craft feathers. They are great for all sorts of crafts and sensory fun, such as this colorful feather bowl fine motor craft that my boys worked on together.
It's seriously gorgeous. I cannot get enough of it. Like look at it! Isn't it pretty?!
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I know it looks complicated, but it's really not. What you'll need to make a feather bowl:
Step 1: Wrap the outside (or bottom depending on how you want to describe it) of the glass bowl in plastic wrap.
Step 2: Paint the plastic wrapped bowl with a generous amount of Mod Podge. The boys were extremely generous in their painting.
Step 3: Cut the stems off the feathers. The boys also cut the feathers into smaller pieces, which, honestly, worked better than leaving a long feather.
Step 4: Put feathers on the bowl.
Step 5: Cover the entire bowl and feathers with another coat of Mod Podge. I had to help with this part as the feathers had a tendency to move and wiggle while the boys tried to paint over top of them. Once covered, leave the bowl to dry. We left it overnight.
Once the bowl was dry, we slowly peeled the plastic wrap off of the glass bowl. I then folded the plastic wrap at the top of the bowl inside so that it had a nicer finished edge. The bowl holds its shape well, but is not intended to hold heavy objects. The bowl can easily be collapsed with a tiny bit of force. However, it's a beautiful art piece.
The boys loved posing and showing off their creation. Can't say I blame them because look how cool it is! Yup, I'm totally obsessed with how it turned out.
This post is part of the Everyday Fine Motor Materials from A to Z series hosted by Still Playing School. Just click on the image below to see all the other posts in the series.