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Click here to read Patriotic 4th of July Crown Craft for Kids on Hands On As We Grow®

DIY your own patriotic crown craft for kids, from Erin, for a creative 4th of July project!

When it comes to crafting, I love open-ended projects that let my kids create something unique to them. This simple crown craft kept them occupied for 45 minutes!

Patriotic 4th of July Crown Craft for Kids

To make your own patriotic crown craft for kids, you will need:

  • white card stock
  • scissors
  • glue
  • red, white & blue crafts supplies – pom poms, sequins, washi tape, etc.
  • crayons & markers
  • piece of scrap paper for making your crown template

First, you will need to make your crown. Do do this, fold your piece of scrap paper in half. Draw half of the crown shape, as shown below in the pictures.

Leaving the paper folded in half, cut along the lines you just drew. When you unfold the paper, you will have a crown template that you can then trace on to your card stock!

We used white card stock, but you can really use any sturdy paper you have available. Plain white printer paper could work in a pinch, as would construction paper.

Card stock will just hold up slightly better when your three-year-old inevitably sits on his crown craft for kids while trying to put his feet in his sister’s face.

Next, get out the red, white, and and blue crafting supplies and let the kids go to town!

It was such a beautiful day that we decided to do this craft outside on a blanket. These easy summer crafts for kids would also be great for doing outdoors on a nice day!

Add All the Red, White & Blue Everything

My kids’ favorite supplies were stickers, pom poms, sparkly washi tape, and tissue paper.

I collected my entire stash of craft tissue paper from the birthday and Christmas presents that have been given to us over the years.

It’s wrinkly, but let’s face it: one minute in the hands of a few preschoolers and it will end up crumpled anyway. And you can’t beat free!

This tissue paper sensory bin is great for little ones who aren’t quite ready for a tissue paper craft!

The final step is to cut and tape two long strips of card stock to fit the patriotic crown to your child’s head.

They can decorate this part, too! My daughter decided to write “The 4th of July” on hers.

Enjoy your new patriotic crown craft for kids! And if your kids are anything like mine, they will wear them for several days straight, including to the grocery store.

What festive 4th of July crafts have you made with your kids? We’d love to check out your creative ideas!
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Click here to read 10 Easy Peasy & Fun Water Experiments for Kids to do This Summer! on Hands On As We Grow®

Get ready, get set, and get wet with easy water experiments for kids to do this summer!

I’m always looking for fun ways to add experiments to our hands-on learning fun. With summer days heating up, my boys are just begging to go outside and get wet.

It’s perfect timing, since I’m teaming up with tons of other kid-centric bloggers to pool our resources to make summer learning easy and fun!

Check out the full list of summer learning resources at This Reading Mama!

10 Easy Peasy & Fun Water Experiments for Kids to do This Summer!

Water experiments are a favorite of the boys. Really, it’s just water generally.

But learning with water is even better, right? And it’s always fun to experiment with things!

Kids don’t really even know they’re learning anything because it’s just all fun!

Learning with water experiments for kids!

In the summer, we’re all about water experiments. Cooling off plus learning? Perfect!

But it can also be so challenging to keep coming up with ideas all on your own day after day. That’s what Hands On As We Grow – and this Top 10 Challenge – are all about!

Loved these experiments? Grab the other learning fun ideas at This Reading Mama.

What are your favorite ways to learn with your kids in the summer? Share your ideas with us!
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Click here to read Safe Fireworks Float or Sink Experiment for Kids on Hands On As We Grow®

Try an easy prep Fourth of July float or sink experiment from Alisha. No actual fireworks needed!

My family just loves fireworks! They totally make our Independence Day celebrations, well, sparkle.

We also love anything involving water because summer is hot, water is not. And we’re ready to cool off!

Patriotic Float or Sink Experiment with DIY Fireworks

In our quest to add a little chill to our hands-on learning fun, we decided to add some DIY fireworks to a float or sink experiment!

It can be used as an awesome July 4th activity or for any festive event.

My kids really loved this idea, especially once they figured out that they could DIY a “fireworks show” any time they pleased!

To create your own totally safe fireworks show, you’ll need:

  • White Paper
  • Black Marker
  • Crayons
  • Shallow Dish
  • Scissors
  • Water
Make Your Own Kid-Friendly “Fireworks”

Grab a piece of white paper and draw an outline of a firework with black marker. Really, there are no rules to what this looks like so any blobby type shape works well.

The firework should have flaps that can fold inward. Flaps are vital to the experiment – so don’t skip this part!

Color the firework shape with crayons, making sure to color in all of the firework shape.

Try not to leave any white paper showing. Also: super important!

You can choose any colors for your firework, but for a July 4th activity you could choose red, white, and blue.

Once the firework is colored, have your child cut out the firework shape. Standby to help if your child needs it.

Help your child become a pro at cutting with scissors with a fun activity!

Work together to fold in the flaps of the firework. The flaps of the firework should be loosely folded and try not to overlap them.

The firework should have a nice flat surface on the bottom, with all the flaps folded into the middle.

DIY Your Fireworks Float or Sink Experiment

Grab a shallow dish or bowl and fill it with water.

Make sure the dish is big enough for the entire shape of the firework to fit inside. I used a clear pie dish for our initial float or sink experiment.

Pro Tip: for a larger fireworks show, use a bathtub, larger basin, or even a kiddie pool. You’ll be able to fit so many fireworks!!!

Talk with your child about what they predict (guess) will happen when the firework is placed on top of the water.

  • Do you think your firework will float or sink?
  • Will the colors change?
  • Will the paper crumple?

Have your child gently lay the firework on top of the water. Keep the colors and flaps facing up.

Watch and be amazed!

As the firework opens, you could even add in some extra effect by making firework sounds. “Ooohhh” and “Aahhh” as if you’re watching a fireworks show!

It’s pretend play, so have fun!

Learn why pretend play is so vital for child development!

If you’re not into adding your own crackles and pops, toss in a handful of Pop Rocks for some extra festive noise!

Let’s Talk Float or Sink Science for a Second

Okay, cool show – but why? After your experiment, it’s important to talk about the science behind the fun, too.

Keep on experimenting with 50+ more cool kid science ideas to try together!

Talk with your child about these important questions:

  • Can you explain why the firework floats?
  • Why didn’t the water soak in?
  • Why did it open up?

You could record their answers and compare them to the experiment or their predictions. Plus, it’s really interesting to reread the reasoning of kids after the fact or when they’re older.

Here’s why this experiment works:

  • Paper floats on water because it weighs less than the water.
  • The paper firework is made of cellulose fibers and when the fibers are folded and placed in water, the fibers absorb the water and unfold themselves.
  • The crayon wax keeps the firework afloat and holds its shape.
More Fun with Floating Fireworks
  • For an added bonus, leave the firework in the water overnight and predict if it will remain floating or will end up sinking.
  • Try pouring water on top of the firework to see what changes.
  • Create differently shaped fireworks, as well as different sizes, to see if these small switches change the outcome.
  • You can also make multiple fireworks and put on a “real” fireworks show to end with a big BOOM!
What other fun water experiments have you tried? Share in the comments below.
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Click here to read Easy Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Young Kids on Hands On As We Grow®

Get outside and play with an easy nature scavenger hunt for kids! We love this simple gross motor play activity!

The boys and I had a much needed evening in our yard doing a nature scavenger hunt! The weather was perfect and we were all itching to get outside and play.

It was time to take a break from “work” and focus on the kids and just have fun!

And this scavenger hunt was such a fun way to kick off the summer.

We’ve got lots and lots of super fun scavenger hunt ideas for kids!

We started out just looking for flowers and leaves that caught our eyes. Eventually, I decided to up the ante and make our casual activity into a true scavenger hunt!

Easy Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Young Kids

We turned it into a nature scavenger hunt and collected items to use later on for yet another activity we found in the Camp Mom Pack.

To go on your own nature scavenger hunt, you’ll need:

  • space outside – a garden, park, or yard
  • basket (optional)

Collecting the items is completely optional, if you decide to, you’ll need a basket or bag of some sort to hold all their findings.

Henry finished up school last week, so we have been going through the Camp Mom Pack – planning out the summer.

And one of the printables, as part of the Nature theme, is a Garden Scavenger Hunt, by Amanda Morgan of Not Just Cute. It’s an easy invitation to go outside and hunt for these items in your garden.

Head Outside & Hunt for Nature!

We set outside to find some vibrantly colored items from nature! It’s times like these that I really wish I had a better green thumb so I’d have more of a selection for the kids to choose from.

This nature scavenger hunt is very open-ended. What your kids find can vary depending on what they like, your location, or what’s available right now.

What can we find on a nature scavenger hunt?

It turns out, this hunt is super open ended and endlessly adaptable!

We searched nature for things like:

  • small flowers
  • big flowers
  • plants with no flowers
  • something that smells good
  • something in their favorite color
  • a big leaf
  • a leaf that has a cool shape
  • sticks (that was actually harder than I expected in the spring)

It was such a refreshing and fun activity to do with the boys in the evening. The neighbor girl even joined us at the end to help us find some sticks!

Getting outside and running around was much needed, too. I think it might be the perfect activity to do in the evenings during that crazy time when they’re getting tired, but yet all wound up.

We need to spend more of our evenings running outside, I think!

Print your own FREE copy of the Nature Scavenger Hunt!

I’m so excited to officially open Camp Mom over the summer with the boys! I just know that we’re going to have a stellar time – enjoying tons of hands-on activities and play time together!

What are your favorite ways to spend a summer evening? We’d love to try your energy-busting, wind-down ideas!
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Click here to read How to Tint Mason Jars with Your Kids Easily! on Hands On As We Grow®

Learn how to tint mason jars in this easy DIY tutorial! These pretty jars are the perfect DIY crafts to gift or keep!

Ever seen those pretty, colorful rustic-looking mason jars and immediately wanted one? Me, too!

I wanted some for a long while, even before this craft, to show off wildflowers or serve as cute organizers. Hey, my paper clips needed a space to hang out!

How to Tint Mason Jars with Your Kids Easily!

As a colorful Mother’s Day gift for Grandma, the boys and I made some tinted mason jars. Tinting mason jars is actually incredibly easy for the kids to do!

I first did this craft at my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding. We had so much fun doing this as a girls’ day activity to wedding prep, that I immediately started thinking of ways to turn this into a craft for kids!

This is one of our 10 non-flower crafts for mom for Mother’s Day. It’s so simple that it’s quickly become a favorite!

What you need to tint your mason jars:

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I love when I have everything in my supply cupboard already!

Mod Podge would be the only thing I don’t have in stock all the time. This time, I did happen to have some on my shelves.

But, like I mentioned, school glue works too for this, just add a bit of water to it.

Easily Tint Mason Jars for Cute Gifts & Vases

First, the boys mixed their own colored glue.

I dumped some Mod Podge into glass dishes. Then they added food coloring of their choice and stirred it up.

They got right to painting the mason jars. Paint either the inside or the outside for this craft, it doesn’t matter.

Henry painted the inside of his first jar.

We poured a little of the colored glue into the glass jars and swirled it around to cover the entire inside and then let it drip out.

Your child can also reach inside with a paintbrush to swipe on the color. Just be sure to get all the nooks and crannies!

George painted the outside of his. To help contain the mess and prevent drips, I stuck a metal tray under the glass.

He turned it upside down to paint the bottom of it.

George wanted to use all three colors of glue on his jar, which is just fine.

I just made sure to tell him to keep them separate on the jar or all three colors together would probably make brown. He was very careful to paint the colors next to each other and not mix them all together.

Get Creative & Mix Up Your Painting Techniques

I encouraged them both to get creative and paint with multiple colors to see them marble together.

On their second jars, they each tried painting their jar the other way. George painted the inside of this one, and Henry painted the outside of his jar.

How to Finishing Your DIY Tinted Mason Jars

I think the tinted mason jars look the same, whether they were painted on the inside or out. However, you can feel the glue mixture on the ones that were painted on the outside.

If you prefer a smooth finish, go with painting the inside.

I was hesitant to have the kids do it that way, I thought it would be hard for them to reach in with the paintbrushes. But neither of them had problems.

One thing that helped the boys get all the nooks and crannies inside was that we used wide mouth jars. They were able to stick their hands further into the opening and had more control over paint placement.

It’s always nice to see them being creative side by side.

They were even getting along. For the most part.

They had a little argument over the blue paintbrushes because somehow there ended up being three of them and George thought there should only be one.

Learning how to tint mason jars was super easy!

Finish Up Your Tinted Mason Jars

After the jars are painted, they have to drip. It’s most important for the ones that were painted on the inside. So we tipped them over to drip for awhile.

We flipped them over onto sheets of aluminum foil. This made it easier to clean up later.

The one good thing about the kids painting the inside of the jars is that I could write on the bottom of the jars with permanent marker the date and their initial so I knew whose was whose.

We really should have let them drip for a good hour or so, but we were in a rush and it was only a few minutes. Hey, we were going to go roast hot dogs and s’mores on an open fire!

Then I popped them in the oven at the lowest temperature I could, 175°F, for about 10 minutes. The jars were still upside down.

Then I turned them over and baked them for another 20-30 minutes or so. Make sure you use oven mitts to flip the jars!

I took them out and we went to roast our hot dogs while they cooled off.

They turned out so pretty with marbled coloring.

I can see a few thick spots in the paint. Maybe if I let them drip for a while longer before putting them in the oven, it would be a more even coating.

They still look pretty awesome though! I know that these are DIY vases that Grandma will treasure for years.

I can just picture them filled with pretty flowers or stuffed with yummy candies. What would you put into your tinted mason jars?

What are your favorite DIY crafts to gift? We’d love to check out your creativity!
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Click here to read 40+ Gross Motor Activities to Really Get Kids Moving Outside! on Hands On As We Grow®

Get outside and really get the kids moving with fun gross motor activities and ideas that are perfect for summer days!

The boys move constantly and are full of a lot of energy. But, for some reason, our hands-on fun has taken a turn to mostly fine motor activities lately.

I’m feeling the need to be outdoors and really move! Summertime is the perfect time to get moving outdoors again.

40+ Gross Motor Activities to Get Your Kids Moving!

Gross motor activities.

I’ve always been a huge fan of ways to get the kids to move! Working on big movements and major muscles with gross motor specific activities is the perfect way to really move and learn.

Gross motor activities are some of my favorites because:

  1. It really wears them out! Number one reason by far!
  2. It’s good for them to learn to move in new ways and build muscles and what not and so on… you know… all the technical learning stuff that they’re doing. I don’t know all the reasons and benefits of using their gross motor skills, but I just know its good to do.

Read more about the benefits of moving at the Moving Smart Blog. I like the information about growing your child’s brain with movement.

In the end, I know working their big muscles helps them work on the little muscles, which in turn help their fine motor skills.

So to inspire myself, and others, to get the kids moving, I’ve selected a large handful of activities that will help us get them moving and work on those gross motor skills that are really much needed.

Find more ways to move together on HOAWG’s Get the Kids Moving board on Pinterest.

Super Simple Ways to Gets Kids Moving!

These moving activities are usually perfect for an older toddler. They’re beginning to understand instructions but don’t have the concentration to sit still and actually pay attention for long.

Sometimes, adding a cool material – like newspaper or bubble wrap – makes gross motor play extra fun! Get the kids moving with these creative ideas.

Add an extra element of fun with a friendly challenge. Create an obstacle course or scavenger hunt that invites your kids to get moving!

Sometimes, sticking to the classics is a great way to connect with your kids. Which of these did you enjoy as a child?

I know we’ve discovered a ton of cool and creative gross motor activities that will really get my kids moving! We can’t wait to get outside and play together!

How have you gotten the kids moving with a gross motor activity lately? Share your favorites with us!
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Click here to read Easy Handprint Magnet Father’s Day Craft on Hands On As We Grow®

Make cute handprint magnet, from Julie, for a quick and easy Father's Day craft to make with your kids! 

My kids and I had so much fun making this super simple Father’s Day gift. Dad is so hard to buy for, but a handmade craft is always a win!

This handprint magnet is super simple to make and so useful. It’s a great present for the Dad or Grandpa who has everything!

Get creative with these summer art projects to do outside!

Dad can keep these at work to remind him of his favorite little ones during the workday. They’re perfect for holding a cute photo on the fridge as well!

Easy Handprint Magnet Father’s Day Craft

I love how simple these DIY magnets where to make. Plus, we had everything we needed in our activity supply closet.

To make your own handprint magnet, you’ll need:

  • foam sheets
  • magnetic sheets
  • pen and markers
  • scissors
Get Crafty with this Easy Father’s Day Gift

First, I let my kids pick out their favorite color foam sheets. Pink and blue for the win!

I traced each child’s hand on the foam. Then we cut out the handprints.

The magnetic sheets we purchased had a sticky side. I let my kids carefully peel off the backing, then press the foam handprint onto the sticky magnetic sheet.

If you can’t find magnetic sheets with a sticky backing, you can use some craft glue to stick the handprints to the magnet.

Make even more simple decorative magnets.

While the kids took a quick lap around the kitchen to get their wiggles out, I cut out around the handprint shapes. This left us with foam on one side and magnet on the other.

We slapped the handprints on the fridge to make sure they’d stick.

Then, we headed back to the kitchen table to decorate!

Your kids will also enjoy making these cute Father’s Day crafts!

For Father’s Day, I wrote out a simple message with a permanent marker. Regular markers sometimes don’t work well on foam. I like to have a permanent marker on hand, just in case.

You could also kick your handprint magnets up a notch with glitter, sequins, or other decorations. But we decided to keep it simple for Dad.

I love how these handprint magnets for Father’s Day turned out! These would be so cute wrapped up with a few photo prints and a new coffee mug for work.

What are your favorite gifts to make and give for Father’s Day? Share your ideas below!
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Click here to read Simple & Pretty Homemade Wind Chimes Kids Can Make! on Hands On As We Grow®

Upcycle your tin cans into fun, homemade wind chimes that the kids can make!

I love finding ways to use recyclable items in our crafts. One of my go-to recycling bin picks: tin cans!

We were in the mood to create a cool craft with tin cans. Something pretty and decorative.

Henry and I rummaged through our recycling bins to find some tin cans in various shapes and sizes, including some lids.

Simple & Pretty Homemade Wind Chimes Kids Can Make!

Believe me, there’s a lot you can do with stuff from your recycling bin! Upcycle whatever you can for the kids to play and create with!

To make your own homemade wind chimes, you’ll need:

  • cleaned out tin cans
  • paint
  • string
  • hammer
  • nail
  • metal washers or nuts
  • glitter (optional)
  • tape (optional)

Remember to check over your cans for sharp edges. I taped around the rims of the cans to prevent any cuts.

Using his trusty green basting paintbrush, Henry painted the outside of the tin cans with washable tempera paint.

Find 30 more classic summer crafts for kids to make!

We had added glitter to the paint. But when painting it on the can, it didn’t show.

Of course, we had to see the glitter. So Henry shook a lot more on the tin cans when the paint was still wet.

So glad we did this project outside! If you’re working inside, lay down some newspaper or even a plastic shower curtain liner to contain the mess.

After the paint dried, we punched holes in the bottom of the tin cans.

Henry actually refused to use the real hammer and would only use his yellow toy one. He was determined to make the hole.

Luckily he let me take a few swings in between his so I could punch it through.

I am quite impressed with Henry’s hand-eye coordination, he never once missed his target.

I strung a long piece of yarn through the holes and tied two washers onto the end of the string, inside the tin cans. One washer is used to hold the yarn in place, the other is placed at the end of the string to make a lovely clanking sound when it hits the tin can.

You could also use nuts or rocks instead of washers. Something that is hard enough to make a noise when it hits the can.

Henry tried threading the yarn through the washer holes but still continues to struggle with this. Yarn isn’t the best medium to practice threading since it comes unraveled and isn’t stiff.

Experiment with Sound

Once you’ve tied on your washers to the wind chimes, test out the noise it makes!

Henry noticed right away that different size washers make different noises. Different size tin cans make different noises, too!

Hang up the tin cans so that they overlap each other.

Let the wind do its thing and enjoy the wonderful clanking of your homemade wind chimes! Or you can let your child do their thing and listen to it all the time!

You’ll love these 26 tin can crafts, music and activities kids can do!

Henry and I have been reading about the wind in The Windy Day, by Anna Milbourne (affiliate link).

Wind is everywhere around us, you need it to fly a kite, or turn a windmill for energy, or for the seagulls to fly! And even if its not blowing near you, its blowing somewhere!

For lots of crafty weather ideas, visit Red Ted Art’s Weather Themed Crafts and Tutorials. The tin can windchime by Learn 2 Grow inspired our DIY windchimes!

What weather activities have you done to go with our homemade wind chimes?
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Click here to read Improve Kids Fine Motor Skills with 30 Materials & Activities on Hands On As We Grow®

Make fine motor activities easier and simpler to do with easy materials and activities to boost fine motor skills!

Fine motor activities have been put on a back burner in this house for a bit, about a year. Now we’re back on a big fine motor skills activity kick!

Which is probably a good thing.

Gross motor skills should come before fine motor skills.

Those big muscles help the little muscles!

But wow! What a difference a year makes!

You’ve got to try these cutting activities to build fine motor skills as well as learn to use scissors!

Last year, Henry wouldn’t sit still. He didn’t have any desire to do anything that didn’t involve a lot of running around.

We were really into activities that promoted his gross motor skills at that time.

But recently, Henry’s taken a turn and likes to focus on some of these littler things. He loves to cut especially.

Improve Kids Fine Motor Skills with 30 Materials & Activities

Now that’s he’s interested in these fine motor activities, what can we do?

I’ve gathered up some inspiration.

But, first of all, what are fine motor skills?

According to Understood.org:

"We use fine motor skills to make small movements. These movements come so naturally to most people that we usually don’t think about them. Fine motor skills are complex, however. They involve the coordinated efforts of the brain and muscles, and they’re built on the gross motor skills that allow us to make bigger movements."

Fine motor skills can include small movements such as:

  • holding a pencil
  • maneuvering a pencil
  • scissor skills
  • pushing Lego blocks together (and pulling them apart)
  • manipulating play dough
  • getting dressed with belts, buttons, zippers and snaps
  • using silverware while eating
  • opening and closing latches
  • technology/mouse manipulation

As you can see, many of these skills are needed in a child’s (and adult’s) everyday tasks.

Without having gained strength in fine motor skills, a child can suffer moving forward. They may not have the ability to do these small tasks, but they also may lack the confidence to do more advanced tasks or projects because of this inability.

You can check out the chart of fine motor development on Kidsense.org.

Are you convinced now that fine motor skills are important to focus on just a bit?

Of course, I still recommend not going crazy about it. Don’t expect your kid to be able to make straight lines and hold their pencil correctly when they’re two years old.

But if you notice they are lacking in their fine motor ability, there are tons of fun ways to help improve it.

And even better, let’s just have fun with promoting their fine motor skills anytime! No need to wait until they’re behind, right?

Let’s just have fun!

Fine Motor Skills Activities Supply Suggestions

Some materials that promote fine motor skills… and click the link (or look below) to find a fine motor activity to do with them!

  • Pom Poms in general are small, needing small movements to grasp them, pick them up, and move them. They are fantastic material to work on hand eye coordination.
  • Buttons are also small items that work great in developing fine motor skills. Picking them up works those small muscles, But the true fine motor skills comes in the act of buttoning something up, that takes some amazing finger strength and hand eye coordination.
  • Paper Clips are great for finger movements and manipulation. Being able to slide the clip onto a piece of paper takes a lot of concentration for kids in preschool and kindergarten.
  • Clothespins are a fantastic material for building finger strength. We use them a lot in our learning activities that the kids absolutely love.
  • Rubber Bands also work on finger strength, but in the opposite way that most materials do. These are a fantastic addition to any fine motor activity!
  • Tweezers take a lot of hand eye coordination to be able to operate successfully and move an item from one place to another. Try it!
  • Pipe Cleaners can be used as a great tool for fine motor skills. They can be threaded and poked!
  • Straws can be used as beads, to thread onto something! But they also work great with play dough too.
  • Play Dough is fantastic for building those small muscles! Kneading, pushing and rolling the dough really helps! Find out how to make homemade playdough.
  • Knobs and Screws (or Nuts and Bolts), any real tool from Dad’s toolbox is a hit for my kids! These also take incredible hand eye coordination and concentration to be able to tighten and loosen.
  • Stickers are amazing! Have your child try to peel the stickers off the sticker sheet! If it’s tricky, you can remove the non-sticker part of the sheet and it’s still an amazing fine motor activity. And then placing the sticker on a paper also takes hand control.
  • Hole Punch are hard! Trust me, your child will need to work up to this amount of muscle strength in their hands before they’ll be able to successfully do this. So plan to help out, but give them the chance to try!
  • Syringes are so much fun for kids and have the added bonus of working those small muscles in their hands with control so they don’t squirt the liquid out too fast.
  • Eye Droppers are a fun way for kids to work on their pincer grasp. Suck it up and let it out!
  • Kitchen Tongs can be a great tool for working on hand strength and control. Bring them out during clean up time and I bet your child will be more willing to pick up their toys plus you get the added bonus of working on their fine motor skills.
  • Toothpicks are small and take a good pincer grasp to be able to hold it.
Get the Fine Motor Go-To List printable here. Fine Motor Skills Activity Ideas

Now that you have some materials to grab and have on hand to work on fine motor skill, put them to use with some of the activities that promote them!

These activities can be done with a great variety of materials, so don’t just limit yourself to what’s above. Instead, use our suggestions as inspiration!

If you’re struggling for younger kids to work on their fine motor skills, you may want to look into our fine motor activities for toddlers suggestions.

Get a quick print of these materials and what to do with them here, or click the image below.

These 32 activities are focused on objects that help strengthen a child’s hand grip.

Stock up on these fine motor materials, here are some handy affiliate links to get you started: Plastic Sewing Needles for KidsColorful ButtonsEye DroppersFiskars Pointed ScissorsMarblesBeads.

Before really focusing in on fine motor skills, get the kids moving and using their gross motor skills first!

What are your best tips and tricks to make fine motor skills activities super fun?
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Click here to read 15 DIY Father’s Day Gifts & Cards for Kids to Make on Hands On As We Grow®

Make Father's Day extra special with creative gifts for kids to make and simple ways to celebrate. Brigitte collected all her favorite Father's Day gifts!

What would make this Father’s Day great?

How about a day filled with some fun family activities and one (or more) of these handmade Father’s Day gifts or cards!

15 DIY Father’s Day Gifts & Cards for Kids to Make

Sometimes, it’s easy to get stuck in the Father’s Day rut: BBQ dinner with a new tie or sports equipment. This year, try something different with creatively cool ideas for Dads and Granddads who deserve the best!

For The Dad Who Rocks

Try even more DIY Father’s Day gifts that are perfect for kids to make!

These Father’s Day gifts will show Dad how much he rocks!

For The Car Lover

Rev up the gift giving with one of these car themed Father’s Day gifts.

  • Dad can relax while kids play with this car play shirt colored by them using some fabric markers as shown on The Blue Basket.
  • Leave a note for Dad to enjoy in this homemade car photo frame as seen on I Love to Create Blog.
  • Color a picture to put inside this handmade toy car picture frame as seen on Spaceships and Laser Beams.
Footprints and Handprints for Dad

These gifts would be great keepsakes to show how much the kiddos have grown from one year to the next. Kids get big so fast!

More Father’s Day Cards for Kids to Make

Show how much Dad is loved with one of these Father’s Day cards.

  • Tell Dad whooo loves him with an owl card as seen on I Heart Crafty Things.
  • Paint some noodles and decorate a bright sunshine card as seen on Crafty Morning.
  • Show Dad all the reasons he is loved with a roll-up card that you can even fit little treats in, as seen on Your Everyday Family.
More Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids to Make

Here are a few more gift ideas to make Father’s Day extra special this year.

What are you going to do for Father’s Day this year? Share your favorite DIY gift ideas!
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