After a windy day out at the beach watching kites flying overhead I knew we would have to create a Kite Fine Motor Play activities as part of our A-Z Fine Motor series.
I cut eight kites from one piece of coloured card and added a number to each kite using a permanent marker pen. With a little assistance, my son used a hole punch to create a hole at the bottom of each kite.
We threaded a trip of ribbon onto each kite and secured it in place with sellotape. I placed the kites and a container of small plastic pegs onto the table.
The idea of the activity was for my son to attach the correct amount of pegs onto the ribbon. As the pegs were so small this involved lots of concentration, perseverance and strengthened his fine motor skills. He had to press hard in order for the miniature pegs to open.
My son decided that one colour would be allocated to each kite. As well as using fine motor skills in order to sort through and pick out the correct coloured peg, he also had to use his mathematical knowledge.
At first my son needed assistance to hold the ribbon in place whilst he manipulated the peg. Larger pegs would have been easier for little fingers. He decided to alternate the pegs in order for them to look like ribbons on a kites tail.
Throughout the activity my son talked about how many more pegs he needed in order to complete the kite and enjoyed placing the finished kites into numerical order.
My son loved to pretend that each mini peg was a crocodile that wanted to open and snap onto the kite tail. Once the correct number of pegs was on the ribbon he lifted the kite into the air and flew it around the room.
The fun didn’t stop there. Once all the eight kites had finished, he practised taking the pegs off of the ribbon. He found this process much easier. His finger muscles certainly had a work out during our Kite Fine Motor Play activity.