Continuing the fall theme from the candy corn activity last week, here’s a variation. Orange and green pony beads can be used to turn the loose leaf rings into pumpkins! And the only thing that screams fall louder than candy corn is a plump orange pumpkin. Check out our pumpkin fine motor skill activity and create your own invitation to play for your little one.
Pumpkin Fine Motor Skill Activity
To create the pumpkin, place orange beads on both sides of the open ring. Then place one green bead and close up the ring. Sammi and I did our first ones together, each doing our own ring. After that, she quite happily made a few more pumpkins. I also set out black beads to create a Halloween feel to the activity.
Little fingers are hard at work building muscle and gaining control as they hold the pony beads, position them correctly and thread them onto the rings. What I loved most about this pumpkin fine motor skill activity is that my kids were self-motivated to work on this project. I didn’t even need to show them what to do, I just set out the materials. I only showed them how to make a particular pattern. But they found their own reward in the actual activity. Because there was no coaching or encouraging from me, they stayed with this activity far longer than other activities I’ve presented where they did not take to the activity so readily.
For Your Listening Pleasure
Our craft and activity time is typically accompanied by music. We’re particularly fond of Kindie Music (Indie music for kids and families) and found Joanie Leeds song Falling to be a fun welcome to fall and fall activities. Check out our recent review of Joanie’s latest album, Good Egg.