Hole Punch Art

May 14, 2012

This is a fun and easy activity that encourages creativity whilst also practicing fine motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination and other skills. It also makes a fabulous piece to display or use later.

Madeline is 3 years old. See the handy tips at the bottom for ideas on how to simplify or extend to suit your child's level of development.


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You will need strips of coloured/patterned paper (double width so that half can be punched and half overlapped), a hole puncher, a piece of backing paper and a glue stick

Punch holes along one side of a paper strip

Glue a width of the paper strip on the backing paper

 Stick down a strip with the hole punched side at the edge of the backing paper

 Time for more hole punching and practicing coordination and fine motor skills

 Overlap each strip of paper so that the holes punched in the top strip show the colour of the last strip like this (I couldn't resist making one too as they looked so pretty)

 Continue overlapping the hole punched coloured paper strips until the entire backing paper is covered

Let your child choose the colours and order

 She was very happy with the end result

Madeline and My Hole Punch Art

Handy Tips

- To simplify this activity a standard 2-hole, hole puncher would be easier for littler hands. If this is also too hard, provide the child with pre-punched strips of paper and help them with the pasting and overlapping

- To extend this activity, your child could be responsible for cutting the strips themselves. Also encourage them to choose the colours and design. Could the strips be overlapped in a different way to create a different effect? Let them experiment and create

- Pride. Making things that look visually pleasing as the end result help your child feel proud about what they have created. Giving your activity a special purpose, (like a gift for a loved one) can also help instil some pride in their work.

- Use and explain new language and descriptive words like, "overlapping" This will help with their language development.

- Demonstrate and discuss particular skills, such as hole punching or overlapping, if your child is new to these techniques

- Use whatever hole punch you have at home, it doesn't need to be a single one like ours.

Debs :)
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  1. Cute idea! Simple and fun. I think my daughter would love this.

  2. Just love this idea and the fact that it strengthens little hands is a bonus. Love the results! Just pinned this! Vicky from www.messforless.net

    1. I found them to be very pretty too :D Someone posted a pic of ones they made afterwards on my fb wall and they did it with scrapbooking paper. It looked fabulous! Thanks, Vicky.

  3. Very pretty! I could see my kids enjoying this, too :)

  4. I love the result! What a great small motor activity!

  5. Oh my - our girls LOVE the hole puncher! I have a heart puncher too and it gets a LOT of use in our house.

    Great activity

    1. Thanks Curly Birds. I have a whole set of paper punchers with so many different shapes but they are all too hard to use for little hands at the moment. I'd love an easy heart one, that'd be used a lot here too!! haha

  6. This is so cute. Think we might try it with my star hole puncher. My daughter will love the fact that I'm letting her play with my craft equipment!

    1. Good idea! Our shape cutters are all too hard for my 3 year old to manage at the moment... she needs to build up the strength in her hands yet... such a shame as these would look great with other patterns too! Oh well, one day! :)

  7. The perfect project, easy and colorful. It reminds me of The Very Hungry Caterpillar illustrations!

    1. Thanks Caroline. Now you've gotten me thinking about the Very Hungry Caterpillar and other activities with a hole puncher that we could do... hmmmmm. lol Thanks for the comment! :D

  8. I just love this project, my duaghter is always playing with paper, cutting it and stapling pieces together. I think she would love this activity. Thanks for sharing at tip toe thru tuesday!

  9. This is a great activity! I always loved hole punches as a kid. Great for fine motor skills too! Thanks so much for sharing this with Tuesday Tots. I have pinned it to our Tuesday Tots boards :)


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