Present Wrapping for Preschoolers
Fine Motor Skills Fun Play!
Present Wrapping Fine Motor Skills ActivityFor the first time this Christmas, we made a simple craft ornament to give as gifts to our family members! I was inspired by these wonderful popsicle stick stars from Powerful Mothering. Ours are certainly unique but I will say we had fun making them. I will let you head over to Powerful Mothering to get the full scoop on how to make them, but here is what ours look like! Since we had our gifts made and they looked awesome, I thought I would make an activity for wrapping them and work on some of our fine motor skills in a fun way. Liam loves the idea of wrapping so I knew I could be a little sneaky by adding in some special skills that he needs to work on like writing!
Table Set Up
I thought gift bags would be a fun way to start since he could decorate them with other things. I put out labels and a colored pencil, a cookie cutter and paint, foam stickers, gift bows, curling ribbon and scissors, and tissue paper and tape. Each step required some sort of fine motor skill to complete as well as direction following!
Step 1: Writing LabelsLiam definitely does not like to practice writing letters and in the New Year, I think we will be working more on this with our activities. We managed without too much issue!
Step 2: Stamping Christmas TreesI took a tiny tree cookie cutter and spread some green paint on the plate. He carefully placed the tree in it and then carefully stamped it on the bag. The small size made it perfect for working on fine motor skills! He stamped three per bag (you will notice that they are all stamped in the same place!)
Step 3: Adding Foam StickersLiam wanted to know how many to put on each and is great with following directions but lacks the ability to see it as an open-ended activity of creating a picture. I gave him a number and he set about peeling the backs of the stickers and giving each bag at least one tree and two decorations! Stickers are great for fine motor skill work and are enjoyed by most children!
Step 4: Adding BowsGreat fine motor skill with the peel and stick backs!
Step 5: Wrapping with Tissue and Securing with TapeTricky step with lots of directions to follow.Tissue paper is forgiving and probably a little easier to start with than wrapping paper! The tape roll was definitely a little frustrating and we went through a lot of tape but good practice and we were successful!
Step 6 & 7: Pack the Gift Bags & Cut and Tie the RibbonNot to many photos of this one since it required a couple extra hands. We worked on opening the bags and fitting the gifts inside. Liam cut lengths of ribbon and I showed him how to thread it through the handles, cross the ends, poke one end through from behind and pull tight! He did actually do two by himself (good not for tying shoes later on!)
Our finished bags are sweet! He is looking forward to giving them soon!
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