Friday, January 15, 2016

Valentine's Hearts Fine Motor Activity {Fine Motor Fridays}

For as long as I can remember, my youngest son has been interested in tools that encourage fine motor development, namely scissors, wooden clothespins, and paper punches. As a young toddler, he would spend countless hours just cutting and punching out paper. Or clipping clothespins to different objects.

Now, as a four year old, he still loves scissors, clothespins, and paper punches.

This Valentine's themed fine motor activity is a great way to play and learn with his beloved clothespins. It's a low prep activity, making it a quick boredom buster for cold winter days. Plus, the hearts can then be used for some gross motor fun when your done.

Valentine's Day themed fine motor activity for kids from And Next Comes L

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For this activity, we used:

The only clothespins that I could locate in my house recently were labeled with the numbers 1-10 (just write on them with permanent marker), so I set out the numbered clothespins and ten hearts. I tied a piece of string to a chair and a railing, but you can tie them to two chairs.

Since the clothespins are numbered, the hearts could be hung in numerical order like below.

Valentine's hearts fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

However, my four year old preferred to hang his hearts up in a random order, which is perfectly fine, since the main objective of this activity is to work on fine motor skills. As he picked up the clothespins, he would identify the number and count out loud to that number. Then he would pin the hearts to the string.

Valentine's hearts fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

Valentine's hearts fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

He also liked to hang the hearts upside down.

Valentine's hearts fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L

Your child could also explore patterning with the hearts by alternating colors.

Here are some other fine motor activities from the weekly Fine Motor series:

Heart Flower Cards from Powerful Mothering

Or are you looking for more ways to play with these felt hearts? Try using them for some fun Valentine's themed gross motor games.

Valentine's Day themed fine motor activity for kids from And Next Comes L
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