Sometimes the best holiday decorations are the ones made by your kids. With spring just arriving (FINALLY!), we thought it would be fun to get outside and get messy to make a great Easter centerpiece, targeting fine and sensory motor skills in the process. Looking for fun fine motor activities for Easter? Try making some Mossy Easter Eggs!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: a few plastic eggs, newspaper, flour and water in a ZipLoc bag to make a paste, and some moss from a under a shady tree!
WHAT TO DO: The collage above shows all of the steps for this activity. This activity is a litlte more complicated than our usual simple activities, but this 4 year old guy had a blast making these eggs and had no problem at all keeping up with the directions!
1. Gather your supplies
2. Go out and find some moss! Use those SUPER FINGERS to gently lift it up, getting as little dirt as possible.
3. Rip some newspaper into strips
4. In the ZipLoc bag, combine enough flour and water to make a paste that is the consistency of glue. Put your pieces of newspaper into the bag and use your muscles to mix it up!
5. Take those ooey, gooey newspaper strips and begin the fabulous sensory experience of wrapping strips of paper around those plastic eggs.
6. Once you have those eggs all wrapped in the gluey newspaper, allow them to dry just a little until they start to get sticky.
7. Start to press pieces of moss onto the sticky eggs using your hands to squeeze as you go. If it doesn’t seem to be sticking, dip the bottom of the moss into the flour/water solution.
8. Once the eggs are all covered in moss, allow them to dry. Place them in a decorative container or in a basket. To keep them happy and green (and for some more fine motor strengthening :), mist them with a spray bottle of water every few days.
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-If you live in an area without moss, consider heading on over to the craft store to buy it. It is typically sold in small bags.
-If the idea of a gluey mess is not something you can handle today, try double sided tape! This will work best with the craft store version of moss that is not as damp and dirty!
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Fine motor skills, sensory integration, cognitive skills, strength