Incredible crafts for all

We love crafts at Incredible Kids and we focus on offering craft stations with high sensory value that help build motor skills and – most importantly – confidence! Here are three great craft ideas for kids who struggle with fine motor skills. They’re fun, accessible, and will help your child build that ‘can-do’ attitude.

Marble painting

 

If you grew up in the 1980s, you will remember marble painting! This is a great activity for children who might need a little extra adult support and there are two great ways to do it.

 

 

 

Key development areas:

  • Gross motor control
  • Processing
  • Sensory
  • Proprioception

 

What you need:

Option 1: You need nail polish, water, a small plastic container, a cocktail stick, thick card.

Option 2: You need poster paints, marbles, a large tea tray or similar, thick card and some small tumblers.

 

Method:

Option 1: Pour the water into the plastic container right up to the lip. Take the top off your nail polish and pour a few drops of each colour you want to use into the water. Quickly, before it dries, use the cocktail stick to swirl the colours around a bit. Lay your card across the front of the water for about 3 to 5 seconds. Lift it up and see the swirly nail varnish pattern – called marbling. Leave it somewhere safe to dry.

Option 2: Perfect if your child needs a little more support, or you want to work on gross motor control. Lay your card flat on a tray. Put a squirt of each colour of paint into a separate tumbler – you don’t need much. Drop a marble into each and swirl it around in the cup so it is covered in paint. Drop the marbles onto the card in the tray. Holding each side of the tray, gently rock it from side to side so the marbles roll around, creating paint trails. You can support your young person with the tray rocking by placing your hands on the underside.  Leave your painting to dry.

Both methods are guaranteed to create a beautiful artwork your young person can be proud of.

 

Sparkle-dough

 

This sparkly homemade molding dough is fun to make and use!

 

 

 

 

Key development areas:

  • Maths
  • Motor control
  • Processing
  • Sensory
  • Proprioception

 

Recipe:

8 tbsp plain flour

2 tbsp salt

60ml warm water

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Food colouring

Glitter

 

Method:

Put the glitter to one side until the end. Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl, and the wet ingredients in another. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix with a spoon. When the mixture becomes tacky, fold in the glitter and use your hands to bring it together into playdough.

Use this sparkly dough to make shapes, pretend to cook, stretch and bend – get those fingers working!

 

Spray-paint

 

 

Is your young person the next Banksy? Here is a great way to find out! This craft is a fun way to practice precision motor skills and create a great canvas without the pressure of using a paintbrush. It’s also great if your young person doesn’t like to get messy as they can keep their distance from the paints!

 

 

 

Key Development areas:

  • Fine motor control
  • Visual Processing
  • Sensory
  • Proprioception

 

What you need:

Two or three old spray bottles washed out, and/or squirty bottles like mustard bottles or washing up liquid bottles.

 

Method:

Mix up some water with food colouring, a different colour for each bottle. Alternatively, if you have an area you can easily clean, use water-based craft paints.

Layout a canvas, piece of cardboard, thick paper, or old wallpaper, and let your young person spray paint them with the bottle to create a beautiful piece of art.

Have fun and share your arts and crafts with us on Facebook!

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