Why not get festive and let the kids practice their hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills at the same time?
Let's try Tinsel Weaving!
(See Handy Tips at the bottom to see how to simplify or extend to meet your child's needs)
Materials: tinsel wreaths, any colour, sizes, lengths etc and tape
Tape one end of the tinsel down to make it easier for your child to weave with
Talk about the process of weaving. In and out, in and out.
This seems so simple yet can be really tricky whilst still developing hand-eye coordination.
Practice makes perfect
Have your child hunt out areas in the house suitable for large scale weaving.
The chair backs worked well.
- Simplify this activity by using shorter lengths of tinsel wreaths. The longer the length, the trickier it could be for your child to manipulate
- Extend this activity by using longer lengths of tinsel. Challenge your child to make patterns. Can they make a woven tinsel design? Spot all the places where you could weave around the house/room etc.
- Talk about textures, colours etc as well as encouraging the language of the technique of weaving. (over, under, in, out, through, interlaced etc)
- Discuss the method of weaving and see if your child can find any woven materials in the house
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