sticky yarn fine motor activity
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Fine motor activities using yarn

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We do many fine motor activities around here which are basically embedded in the other fun activities we do. Every now and then we however like to do intentional fine motor activities – like the one we are sharing today. Another material we love is contact paper. In the past we have shared a kids craft using contact paper and made glitter tubes, a toddler learning activity and another kids scavenger hunt with the same material. Contact paper is super versatile and can be used in numerous open ended art activities, kids crafts and number of learning activities.

Sticky yarn fine motor activity and a math activity

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I first cut out the yarn approximately the same length as the numbers I had written down in a sheet of paper. Then I laid the sheets down and taped down clear contact paper sticky side up. Now you have your own sticky table!


I set out colored yarn ( colored with regular paint since I did not have colored yarn!)


Then it was time to build some serious fine motor skills by sticking the yarn over the numbers. Since there is no glue involved, all she had to do was press down the yarn hard and the contact paper does the job! The yarn has to be aligned with the number else the yarn will either be too long or too short!.. Fun fine motor activity, right?

fine motor activity with yarn

Another thing I observed in this fine motor activity is that it helps with writing the numbers in a proper way..For numbers 4 and 5 I cut the yarn into 2 parts and showed her which part comes first and which one follows..Here you can see her “sticking” the curved part first and then going for the horizontal line next.

writing 5

All our colorful sticky yarn numbers.

pre writing with yarn

For 5-8 I set out another small challenge as well. I had my 4 year old to try and match the yarns with the numbers BEFORE sticking them. She correctly guessed that the longest yarn matches with the number 8. This was an interesting challenge because the kids cannot visually make the connection

find the longest yarn

This fine motor activity was GREAT for practicing writing 8 and ( S)