Fine Motor Skill Lions

We have made a couple of Lion crafts over the last few years. The first was when we painted a paper plate and then attached strips of yellow and orange paper hair (picture in the middle in the above panel). Cutting the strips of paper to attach as the hair was a great way to practice scissor skills! We also rolled the paper around a pencil to curl it – another fun way to strengthen little fingers and develop fine motor skills.

Next, we gave the adorable lions that we had made a hair cut to practice our scissor skills some more (right picture above). We started by cutting off the curls with scissors and then snipping a fringe pattern around the plate. It’s a little hard to see – you may need to zoom in.

And then just yesterday we made these Lacing Lions (pictured on the left)! This activity is a great way to practice fine motor skills and pincer grip, and to introduce some easy sewing techniques.

These lacing lions are so easy to put together. They are made from a piece of recycled card, and the really neat thing is that once you have made the lion, you can lace the yarn over and over again.

Keep reading to see how we made these Lacing Lions!

This is what you will need:

  • A piece of recycled card
  • Yellow paint (I used acrylic paint)
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Black marker pen
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Orange or yellow yarn
  • Plastic sewing needle

This is what you will need to do:

1. Trace a circle in the middle of your card with pencil. You might like to trace a small plate or bowl to get a nice even circle shape. Once you are happy with your circle shape, paint it yellow and add some ears. Allow the paint to dry completely.

2. Next, take your bamboo skewer and press holes around the edge of the circle. Remember that the bamboo skewers are sharp. An adult will need to do this step.

3. Trace a second larger circle around your painted circle with pencil.

4. Take your bamboo skewer again and very carefully press holes through the card along the second pencil line. The trick with this step is to make sure that you match the holes up with those on the smaller circles so that they are in pairs. (remember that the bamboo skewers are sharp. Please use them carefully!).

5. Decorate the face of your lion. We drew eyes, a nose and mouth with black marker pen and then used a little bit of water colour paint to give red, rosy cheeks.

6. Start lacing! To do this, thread some orange yarn onto a plastic needle and start pushing the needle through the holes in the card.

7. At this point, I felt as though our lion looked a little bit more like a sun than a lion! ha ha!

8. So I used the bamboo skewer to add more holes around the edge of the lion and we added more layers of yarn.

This is how the finished lion looked!

Here is a quick video of how we made these Lions.

Thank you so much for reading all the way down to the end of this article. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Jacinta Xx

And here is a free lion template for you to practice your fine motor and scissor skills!

Build A City

Activities that develop early math skills are our favourites! We love working on our number recognition, counting skills, subitising and 1:1 correspondence. This “Build a City” activity is perfect for developing all of these early numeracy skills. And best of all, you probably have everything you need to play at home already!

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What you will need:

Build A City template

Blocks – we used our duplo blocks, but you can use any building blocks that you like.

Small wooden numbers or marker pens.

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What you will need to do:

  1. Print out the “Build a City” template (or draw up your own on a piece of paper). Here is the link to the file:

Please note that your printed page will look a bit different to the ones in our photos above! It will look like this one:

2. Fill in the bottom grid with numbers. We used wooden numbers so that we could switch the order each time we played. If you don’t have wooden numbers you can fill the numbers in with marker pens.

3. Identify the numbers and stack the corresponding number of blocks into a tower. Keep building until you have constructed your skyline.

Your finished skyline might look something like this:

Here’s a quick video of how to play!

And you can Pin this to save the link to the template too!

Thank you so much for reading! Feel free to leave any questions or comments below. I would love to hear from you. Jacinta Xx

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Hello!

Hello and welcome to my blog! I actually purchased this blog domain over three years ago with grand plans of blogging all the step-by-step details of the arts and crafts I create over on my Instagram. As I generally only publish the finished results on Instagram, I thought a blog would be an amazing opportunity to outline all the tips and tricks I have up my sleeve for making and creating easy, fun and colourful craft activities for kids. I also had plans of adding links to printables to help you create fun learning opportunities in your own home and even the classroom. In my mind, this blog was such a fun and colourful little corner of the web!

But…and there’s always a but!…ha ha, I always got stuck writing my first post. I would sit down and start typing, but never had anything very interesting to say. I tried introducing myself, I tried talking about my background as a Scientist and our lives here in Melbourne. It all sounded so blah! So, I have finally decided to just skip it all and get started. After all, if you decide to follow along, you will learn all about me along the way!

So here goes! Welcome to my blog! It is a work in progress and totally built by me. Enjoy!