I always love to receive new crafty stuff in the mail. This month I ordered some feathers and pom poms for our crafty collection and what better way to explore them than by first just giving them to the kids and seeing what they will do with it!
For my 3 year old this included rolling in said pom poms (yes, strange child. lol) My 1 year old was very interested in packing them away in the basket and my 4 year old was more interested in the feathers and tossing them into the air.
Which brings me to this weeks activity of practicing our fine motor skills. Since my 3 year old is still obsessed with the pom poms I did this activity with my 4 year old and 1 year old.
For our pom pom tree I used around 10 pipe cleaners, twisted them leaving some roots to wrap around a rock from our garden (good anchor) and then split the bunch into two to make branches.
The pom poms did not want to stick to the pipe cleaners (even with the help of Velcro) so I made the tree have loops like a flower so that the pom poms could balance in clusters and be piled upon.
My one year old loved this challenge, such concentration.
For my 4 year old we also used a stone for a weight and twisted 4 pipe cleaners and made close together spirals for the branches. Since the feathers are thin this helped to keep them secured.
Then the feathering began, excellent for the eye hand co-ordination and aiming into the small spaces with those feathers. The one year old did “borrow” a finished feather tree as well to stick MORE pom poms in.
Our finished trees are on our top shelf to oogle at for a little while. The pom pom tree lasted a few hours until the 3 year old discovered it and ran off with the said pom poms to decorate something or other outside with them.
We used the still intact feather trees for our salt dough tea party.