Thursday, November 10, 2011

Clothespin Turkey Feathers for Fine Motor Skills

I sometimes get carried away with looking up "educational" or "creative" activities for preschoolers.  I really don't mean to, but I start on one blog, then follow a link, and follow another, and so on, until I realize I've wasted a lot of time looking up things I'll never get around to doing or making.

This time, however, I found something simple that I thought Emory (2) would enjoy.  I found this Clothespin Turkey Feather activity on Pink and Green Mama, and liked the concept, but I knew I could never draw a turkey.  No artistic ability here.  Then I followed one of those links and found her inspiration on My Montessori Journey.  No drawing involved, and I had the materials on hand!

Just some dark brown foam for the body and wings.  I chose to use a lighter brown for the head.  Orange foam for the beak and legs. Red for the gobbler.  Googly eyes.  Nothing beautiful, but hey, it was for the 2 year old, and he wouldn't care.

Then you glue different colored feathers to clothespins, and it becomes an easy fine motor skill activity for little hands!

Or that was the intention anyway.  Emory was more interested in using his fine motor skills to take the clothespins apart.  Elliott played with it once, and set it aside.

At least it was easy to make, and I didn't have any out of pocket expenses.  Oh well, I can still take it to church for one-on-one activities with my preschoolers.

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