In this fine motor spring activity, kids will use paint and feathers to engage their sense of touch and build their own funny baby chicks from scratch! If you’re looking for fun Easter fine motor activities, these little chicks are perfect for play at home, at school, or on the go!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Orange poster board, scissors, small styrofoam ball, washable yellow paint (brushes optional), liquid glue (hot glue gun optional), 2 googly eyes, yellow feathers
WHAT TO DO: Draw two medium-sized hearts (for the feet) and a small-sized heart (for the beak) on your orange poster board. Have children cut out their feet and beaks. Set aside. Squeeze a large dollop of washable yellow paint in the center of a paper plate. Have your child roll and press the styrofoam ball around the plate covering the ball with yellow paint. Allow your him to pick up the ball and paint it using his hands and fingers – great purposeful sensory play! Glue the chick’s feet to the bottom of the styrofoam ball and allow it to dry. You can use a hot glue gun during this step to speed up the process. Once the glue is dry, glue two googly eyes onto the front of the ball. Fold the small heart in half vertically and have your child press the curved end into the styrofoam ball creating a beak. The last step is using those Super Fingers to press the pointy end of feathers anywhere and everywhere into the ball to create a fluffy yellow chick!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-To make the fine motor challenge easier, try gluing feathers flat onto the surface of the styrofoam ball rather than poking them into the styrofoam.
-Use the leftover yellow paint on the paper plate for some visual motor play…have kids practice writing their names in the paint, drawing shapes, or simple pictures.
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Bilateral coordination, fine motor skills, grasp, prewriting skills, visual motor integration
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