We love to come up with recycled crafts for kids, there is no need to go out and buy a lot of fancy supplies to create a fun craft or activity for kids. My daughter is working on a lot of specific fine motor skills right now, and I wanted to create a quick busy board for her to use to practice on one of them.
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V has dove headfirst into “I can do it mom” mode. While I like to let her try there are a few things that make me nervous. Like opening the milk or a water bottle. I just don’t want it to slip out of her hand and make a huge mess. However, this is a life skill… So I decided to start saving bottles! What you need:
V has dove headfirst into “I can do it mom” mode. While I like to let her try, there are a few things that make me nervous. Like opening the milk or a water bottle. I just don’t want it to slip out of her hand and make a huge mess. However, this is a life skill… So I decided to create a busy board that will help her practice, without giving me a mild heart attack in the process. The first step? Start saving bottles!
- Plastic Bottles with Lids.
- Box Cutter or Sharp Knife.
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue.
- Pice of Cardboard.
This busy board really doesn’t take long to create! Check out this video to see how easy it is.
How to Make your Fine Motor Activity for Preschoolers
First, you need to collect bottles! I wanted things with a thicker plastic so they wouldn’t bend or break if V leaned too much on them. We also cut off the top of a milk carton! Next, carefully cut off the bottom of your bottles. Then use hot glue to connect them to your cardboard. Add a bead around the outside edge to make sure they are nice and secure. That’s it! It’s almost too easy to make.
Place it on the floor and let your little one(s) play. See how they decide to use it. After about 15 mins of taking the lids on and off, V decided to grab some pompoms to put in her containers. She practiced sorting them by size then color. I just love these activities where they are learning so much while having fun! Just let them play and explore.