Free Kid Activity: Developing Fine Motor Skills with Crayons

free activities for kids developing fine motor skills with crayons

This is another one of those activities that just kind of happened on its own.

My kids were coloring on the kitchen floor, and, for whatever reason, my daughter decided to go into the pantry and take out the bundt pan.  Then both of my girls started filling the hole in the center with crayons.

I realized this was good for developing their fine motor skills (and keeping them busy while I was otherwise engaged in the kitchen), so I encouraged it.

They would insert the crayons into the hole, and once it was full, I’d show them they could pick it up, move the crayons, and start again.

You could use just about any small or skinny object for this:  pipe cleaners (maybe cut shorter), pom poms, small toys or balls.  Heck, you could even pretend it’s a volcano, and use small dinosaur toys.  Let your kids get creative and pick what they want to use.  Or compile a bunch of small toys and let them experiment to discover what will fit.

Letter K: Free Alphabet Worksheets for Kids

Here is a list of links for all of my free worksheets for Letter K Day.

Letter K Printables

If you’re new here, please read the Introduction to the Alphabet Activities first!

Here are all of the printable PDFs for the Letter K.  They are free for home and classroom use, but please don’t sell them.

K is for Kangaroo and Kin

K is for Kangaroo Kisses

K is for Karate

K is for Kitten Knitting

K is for Koi

K is for Kooky Kites

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Free Kid Activity: Painting Newspaper

painting on paper

Sometimes you need something simple, quick, and super easy (and free) to entertain your kids.

We came across this activity by accident, but it’s actually great for a variety of things:  sensory play, cause and effect, keeping them distracted so I can wash the dishes and fold the laundry….

Things like that.

To start, lay out some newspaper on the floor – preferably tile, as this wouldn’t work so well on carpet or wood.  Concrete would work, too.  Or an outside wooden deck.

Then, hand the kids some brushes – we used both regular paint brushes and foam brushes – and small plastic cups of water.  Not too much water, tho, unless you want a lake in the middle of your kitchen.  Just enough to let them draw designs on the paper.

Challenge them to draw certain shapes or to write their name if they know how.  Then stand back and watch their inner artist bloom!  :)