Promote fine motor control skills and bilateral use of hands by using pipe cleaners and a craft stick. Create a small play animals and decorate it.
For each animal, you will need to use 1 craft stick and 3 pipe cleaners.
The craft stick will be used as the animal’s body and the pipe cleaners will be used as the front and back legs, as well as the tail.
Let the child find the middle point of the pipe cleaner.
Ask the child to twist the pipe cleaner around the craft stick from both ends of the pipe cleaner along one side of the craft stick.
Ask the child to stop twisting the pipe cleaner when about 1.5″ is left from each side. These can be shaped like the legs by bending the ends of the pipe cleaner forward.
Repeat the pipe cleaner twisting above on the other end of the craft stick.
Cut a small piece of the 3rd pipe cleaner and let the child glue it to the end of the craft stick. This will be used as the animal’s tale.
The child can now draw a face on the front end of the craft stick or use stickers to decorate his animal.