Fine motor has always been a fascinating concept to me. After having kids I learned that this is something that must be nurtured and encouraged. Especially in our tech-rich world where we finger point everything.
Today I have paired up my daughters favorite theme, rainbows, with some fine motor pincer grasping. It is also important to note that only around age 3 will a child be able to get a peg (clothespin) to open by themselves.
The rainbow preparations can be made by an adult and the completed product turned into a busy bag for future use. Some children are just too impatient to create the rainbow. My 5 year old was more than happy to make her own rainbow whereas the 3 year old who this busy bag was targeted at only wanted to smear red everywhere that day.
To make the rainbow busy bag you will need:
Paper plates – Alternatively use cardstock if you plan to laminate.
Paint in rainbow colors – I have used our kwik sticks on this one. Yay for less mess!!
Some pegs (aka clothespins) in various sizes – having the 2 sizes of pegs was great for offering a more difficult approach whereas having the larger one (although still a challenge) enabled her to have a victory in placing the colors together.
Step 1, fold and then cut the paper plate in half.
Step 2, use your paint sticks to make a rainbow! Also make sure to paint the pegs (clothespins). These paint sticks dry within 90 seconds so it wasn’t such a long wait to actually play with our rainbow busy bag!
Next up have your little one clip each peg (clothespin) onto the matching color. I also ask my child to tell me the color she is clipping just to reinforce the color correspondence.
Although a simple idea it has been used a few times in the last few days. She loves rainbows and those little pegs (clothespins) are as good as “challenge accepted” to her.
Store the new busy bag in a plastic zip bag or snazzy busy bag pouch for future use. I have left ours out on the table for the week and my little one can’t resist using it almost everytime she walks past!
Check out these other awesome rainbow busy bag ideas!
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