Our post for Fine Motor Fridays this week is a spin on yarn-wrapped activities: thread-wrapped letters!
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The splendid people over at craftprojectideas.com kindly sent us some rainbow friendship thread, and I really wanted to show those colours off by using them to wrap some letters. I cut some initial letters from some thick cardboard for those attending our crafty playdate.
The concept of this activity is pretty simple, but somehow it seemed a lot harder than I expected. There were lots of tangled threads and with hindsight I would have cut shorter lengths of thread for them to use. Miss E (6yrs) really worked hard at her letter but somehow kept getting her entire body wrapped in the thread (actually, I think she enjoyed that part). She had some parental assistance though, as she really wanted her letter to look neat.
Mstr F (4.5yrs) and my son (3 yrs) wrapped the thread a few times and then got distracted. Miss L (4.5yrs) was determined to do her letter all by herself. There were lots of knots and tangles but she kept going. You can tell from the photos that they are all concentrating really hard!
The letters didn’t get entirely finished by the time our friends had to leave the playdate. I sent them home with some extra thread so that they could complete their letters. But I think you can tell which two letters had adult help and which one didn’t!
A few days later when things were a little calmer, F and I sat down to try this again – this time with some shorter pieces of thread all laid out for him. However, he really struggled with wrapping the letters; he sort of imitated what I was doing without actually wrapping the thread round the letter. We had the most success when I held the letter for him.
But I finally had to give in and accept that this fine motor practice was just too tricky! I couldn’t resist finishing off his letter F though – it looked so pretty!
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