We love the texture, sound and the look of velcro. It can be a versatile resource for fine motor play. Your little one will need to use their pincer grasp in order to place items onto the velcro and pull them off. For the letter V in our A to Z Fine Motor Play series, we created a Velcro Fine Motor Color Sorting activity.
Benefits of Velcro Color Matching and Patterning Activity
You wouldn’t believe how many things your toddler will work on as they complete this activity! Here are few of them:
- fine motor practice, including finger isolation and pinch grasp
- color recognition and matching activity
- math / STEM activity – beginner patterning with hair ties
How to Set Up Velcro Color Sorting and Patterning Activity
Items used for this activity:
- Velcro cable ties multicolored can be purchased here: US readers | UK readers
- Hair bands (similar) can be found here: US readers | UK readers
For our velcro, I used velcro cable ties. The velcro comes in a variety of colors. And I placed them on the table with the hook side facing upwards.
I needed a colored resource that would be able to stick to the velcro and I discovered that mini hair bobble bands worked well.
They were an ideal size for my son’s hands, fitted onto the velcro and could be pulled off too. I placed these in a container. We were ready to play.
How to Play with Velcro Ties?
1. Color Sorting With Velcro and Hair Ties
My son soon picked up the aim of the activity. He had to place the colored hair bobble band onto the correctly colored velcro strip.
It didn’t take him long to realise he could pick up two hair bobbles at the same time.
2. Patterning with Velcro and Hair Ties
During the activity, he noticed that there was not a velcro strip for the purple, green or blue hair bobbles. I deliberately left those velcro strips out as I wanted him to try some repeating patterns.
I took two white velcro strips and started a repeating pattern with the hair bands. My son had to find the correct colored hair bands to complete the pattern.
Once all of the seven velcro strips had been used my son had to remove all of the hair bands in order to play the game again. This was easier said than done.
Not only did he have to use his pincer grasp to lift the hair bobble but with the other hand, he had to pull the velcro strip away from the hair bobble.
After a lot of perseverance, he managed to remove all of the bobbles.
Learn About Colors with Fun and Hands-On Activities
Your toddler can learn about primary and secondary colors, as well as color theory in easy to understand way with color mixing sensory bag. And, mess-free as well! You can prepare rainbow busy bag in advance for them to grab when you need quick distraction. Or, you can try one of the color themed activities in our weekly theme for tot school.
Ideas for Beginner Math Concepts
For kids who like to play with building blocks, introduce counting and color search with Lego color graphing activity. This activity combiners STEM and sensory play. If you need an activity with focus on fine motor skills, you can try counting kites activity. We also have a busy bag you can prepare in advance and let your toddlers work on patterning with wheels busy bag.