Monday, 14 March 2011

Fine motor skills: split pin animals

Fine motor skills by stealth as we had to cut these out, punch the holes and attach the paper fasteners (brads?).  We downloaded the ladybird (ladybug) and caterpillar from here at Sparklebox (there are also other minibeasts in the file) and it fitted in with National Wildlife week in the UK (14th-20th March) and our general Spring theme.  The elephant came from the the animals link below.
A was in charge of the elephant since it is his favourite.  He got the chance to use his left-handed scissors to cut out the entire thing himself - something he is still not too confident in doing.  Then we used a sharp pencil and a pad of felt to punch the holes and he put the whole thing together.

R was in charge of the ladybird which was more complicated as it was multi-layered.

B got the simplest one of all the caterpillar.  I cut out the pieces but if you have a little one who is confident with scissors they could cut out the oval body pieces (beats scissor skills sheets!) He spent the rest of the day making all three move, jump, fly and wriggle.

They also have other characters that you can download:
Animals (lion, elephant, horse,tiger, and teddy)
Ocean animals (turtle, jellyfish,mermaid,octopus and shark)
Christmas (santa and a snowman
Teddy bear
Pets (cat dog fish and rabbit)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks! I just came across sparklebox recently and haven't had a chance to really browse the site. I was looking for a scissors activity to go with our bugs and caterpillar/butterfly themes. Appreciate you posting this!