Developing fine motor skills helps your child do everything from writing her name to zipping her jacket. This Easter egg collage craft is the perfect way to get creative and have fun developing fine motor skills without anything seeming like practice.
Torn Paper Collage
Precise cutting with scissors strengthens hand muscles and develops eye-hand coordination. But, it’s not the only way to build up those small motor muscles.
Tearing pieces of paper with purpose can also help your child in this area. Your artist is choosing where to tear the paper and focusing on the task.
Your child is practicing eye-hand coordination and improving dexterity by placing the paper and gluing it down. Skill-building continues with drawing and cutting with scissors.
Tearing paper isn’t the only fine motor included in this activity.
Soft modeling clay is applied to the outside edges of the Easter egg with a finger-painting motion. The clay makes spreading the material out more of a challenge, building finger strength.
Skills and Learning Outcomes
- Build eye-hand coordination.
- Develop dexterity.
- Strengthen her grip.
- Recognize and identify shapes.
- Recognize and identify colors.
- Explore different textures through the sense of touch.
- Explore the artistic process.
- Problem-solve and think critically.
- Card stock paper or poster board
- A marker
- Colorful construction paper
- A glue stick
- Modeling clay
How-To Activity Steps
- Draw a large oval egg shape onto the card stock or poster board paper. Talk about the oval shape and encourage your child to think of other objects that are ovals.
- Tear the paper. Use different colors, and ask your child to tear different sizes of paper pieces.
- Pull the clay apart into dime-sized pieces. Press the clay onto the paper, and spread it like finger paint. The clay will stick to the paper.
- Create a collage on the egg. Glue on the papers, overlapping the edges, creating patterns and filling in the entire shape.
Extensions and Adaptations
This fine motor kids’ activity isn’t just for Easter. Use different colors of torn paper and create different templates to fill in. Try a spring flower, a winter snowflake, a Valentine’s Day heart, a Christmas tree, a summer beach towel or anything else that interests your child.
Are you looking for more fine motor fun? Check out these toddler and preschooler-friendly ideas!
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Erica is a mom, educator and parenting writer, with an MS in child development. When she’s not teaching, she’s busy creating kids’ activities for her blog Mini Monets and Mommies.