We are on our penultimate letter of the A to Z Fine Motor series. For the letter Y we opted to explore yarn. Not just any yarn though – yellow yarn. I wanted to see how my son would cope with wrapping yarn around an object. We created a Wooden Spool Puppets with Yellow Yarn and worked on fine motor skills.
For our Yellow Yarn Fine Motor Play activity we used:
- yellow yarn (US readers | UK readers),
- two wooden spoons (US readers | UK readers),
- googly eyes (US readers | UK readers)
- permanent marker pen (US readers | UK readers).
I tied a piece of yellow yarn around the top of the wooden spoon and gave my son the spoon to hold. The original plan was for my son to hold the spoon in one hand and wrap the yarn around the spoon with the other. After a few moments, I realised he did not have the co-ordination yet for this to work. Although he could wrap the yarn the spoon, it wasn’t tight enough to cover it.
I decided to change tack and got my son to hold the spoon length ways in both hands. I held the yellow yarn taut whilst my son turned the spoon. Slowly the yarn wrapped around the spoon.
My son experimented with twisting the spoon quickly and slowly. He was fascinated by the process and watched as the yarn covered the length of the wooden spoon. When we got to the end I tied the yarn in a knot and my son cut off the remaining yarn. We repeated the process with a second wooden spoon. This spoon was longer and my son insisted on adding two layers of yarn to its length.
During the activity, my son declared that the yellow yarn spoons looked like Minions. He asked to turn the top of the spoon into a face. And then he attached two googly eyes to each spoon and used a permanent marker pen to draw a mouth. One Minion was happy whilst the other was sad.
Our Minion Yarn Wooden Spoons have been used in a variety of different role play scenarios and I have a feeling we shall be creating more in the very near future.