Ah, fall is coming on here in upstate New York! But the real indicator that fall is approaching is the flood of candy corn anything on my Pinterest feed! Thanks to a messy craft room and a desperate need to make dinner, I had an original idea for a fine motor activity, a candy corn activity no less! It was like the heavens parted and creative energy poured in.
This Candy Corn Activity with pony beads developed as the kids and I played around with the pony beads and the loose leaf rings. Their enthusiasm for threading the beads on the rings fueled that creative energy. As I put together an invitation to play the kids were dancing around me their little fingers reaching it to touch the beads and help arrange everything just so. That’s when I knew this was a golden activity!
Sammi (8) and Elli (6) helped me sort the beads into bowls, one each for orange, yellow, and white. I don’t think Scott (3) would have lasted very long at this task. They were all quite engaged in this candy corn activity which gave me just enough time to get dinner ready.
In fact, they were quite sad that it was time to put away the pony beads and loose leaf rings in order to set the table for dinner. I convinced them with promises that they could pull them back out after dinner. They finally conceded.
Materials Needed for Candy Corn Activity
Fine motor skills are so important for little ones to develop. Strong, coordinated fingers can hold pencils, write letters, tie shoes, zip up sippers, do buttons and so many other little activities that will be expected of your child as they enter school.
Music to play by
From our fun mail yesterday, we selected The Pop Ups new album Appetite for Construction to accompany our candy corn activity. The energetic, upbeat music was a perfect soundtrack for this fun work on fine motor skills.
On Monday I’ll be sharing a variation of this activity so please come back and check it out!