Fine Motor Activities : Sticky Yarn Learning

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Fine motor activities using yarn

We do many fine motor activities around here which are basically embedded in the other fun activities we do. Every now and then we however like to do intentional fine motor activities – like the one we are sharing today. Another material we love is contact paper. In the past we have shared a kids craft using contact paper and made glitter tubes, a toddler learning activity and another kids scavenger hunt with the same material. Contact paper is super versatile and can be used in numerous open ended art activities, kids crafts and number of learning activities.

Sticky yarn fine motor activity and a math activity

Things we used

  • Clear contact paper
  • Yarn
  • Sheet of paper
  • Paint (optional)
I first cut out the yarn approximately the same length as the numbers I had written down in a sheet of paper. Then I laid the sheets down and taped down clear contact paper sticky side up. Now you have your own sticky table!

setup

I set out colored yarn ( colored with regular paint since I did not have colored yarn!)

materials

Then it was time to build some serious fine motor skills by sticking the yarn over the numbers. Since there is no glue involved, all she had to do was press down the yarn hard and the contact paper does the job! The yarn has to be aligned with the number else the yarn will either be too long or too short!.. Fun fine motor activity, right?

fine motor activity with yarn

Another thing I observed in this fine motor activity is that it helps with writing the numbers in a proper way..For numbers 4 and 5 I cut the yarn into 2 parts and showed her which part comes first and which one follows..Here you can see her “sticking” the curved part first and then going for the horizontal line next.

writing 5

All our colorful sticky yarn numbers.

pre writing with yarn

For 5-8 I set out another small challenge as well. I had my 4 year old to try and match the yarns with the numbers BEFORE sticking them. She correctly guessed that the longest yarn matches with the number 8. This was an interesting challenge because the kids cannot visually make the connection

find the longest yarn

This fine motor activity was GREAT for practicing writing 8 and ( S)

improving fine motor skills with yarn

We did not stop with writing numbers.

Open ended creative play

I cut strings of various lengths and grouped them according to size ( you can even have the kids to do it) I had hoped for the kid to create shapes by picking out the appropriate length. My patterns loving 4 year old started creating figures with those. She made a triangle and then spontaneously declared “I want to make a trapezoid” and made one.Then she turned the trapezoid into a picture frame and made finger print art inside the frame. Yeah, math and art together. Just setting out the materials was more than enough and the children created their own play time.

open ended art with yarn

She would have continued further but some lil’ stinker woke up and wanted in.. That’s my toddler’s exploration right there.. The circle was my 4 year old’s. She was going for a yarn person.

yarn art

That’s the result of our creative fine motor activity – our sticky yarn table.

activities with yarn

There are SO MANY things you can do with sticky table and yarn! Use colored yarn to make it more fun..Learn shapes, letters, numbers, create art work..

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  1. I think this is a great idea. I’m going to try it with my son!

  2. Visiting from Tuesday Tots. I love sticky paper play. I’ve done this with shapes underneath but should try it again with numbers/dots to match.

  3. My kids are always cutting up string now I know how to make it a learning experience

  4. This is a great way to know how to write numbers. Looks so much fun too.

    Thanks for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I’ve pinned to our board.

  5. You can dip colored yarn in white wax. I use white candles melted over low temp on the oven. Then when it cools you have moldable sticky yarn and it pulls right up from any surface. We have a ton of fun with this project.

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