Set up a fun, no preparation, pumpkin fine motor skills activity for Autumn play and learning! This combines motor skills and creativity and is a great hand strengthener for pre-writing development.
Last Autumn we set out an invitation to play with pine cones and rubber bands which was s popular with the kids and also looked lovely once completed.
This year I found some mini “munchkin” pumpkins in the supermarket and set them out in the same way, in a tray alongside a dish of coloured rubber bands. The pumpkins had segmented sides which lent themselves perfectly to this activity, as the rubber bands stayed in place and didn’t slip.
Miss 4 enjoyed this the most and it took her a while to work out how to open up the band wide enough to stretch it around the circumference. Once she had figured out how to get the band onto her fingers and use her thumb as the way to open it out, she managed to wrap lots of bands around them.
The criss-crossing of the rubber bands actually made a lovely effect, reminding me of the pumpkin string art project that we made a few years back too!
She said “take a photo of what I did!”
This would be a great set up in a classroom fine motor skills table or Funky Fingers activity area! Add a timer and see how many they can get on in a minute for extra fun. Maybe use larger pumpkins and find more materials to wrap around them too!
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