Develop Fine Motor Skills with a Fun, Inexpensive Clothespin Game
As a preschool teacher and a homeschooling mom, I’m always on the lookout for fun, creative ways to reinforce basic concepts with my kids.
While I was teaching my 3-year-olds at school this year, I noticed that their fine motor skills were sometimes lacking, and they weren’t always sure about their shapes and colors.
So what did I do?
I took a stroll through Hobby Lobby for some inspiration, and that night I whipped up this easy puzzle/game anyone can make at home.
This game helps little ones identify colors and shapes while also working on their fine motor skills.
Squeezing clothespins is an excellent way to develop finger strength and fine motor skills. Plus, all the bright colors keep even the youngest kids interested.
The best part?
This puzzle took about 10 minutes to make and only cost $5.00!
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Materials You’ll Need
- 1 large piece of card stock (8.5×11 or 12×12)
- 3-5 small pieces of colorful paper – even scraps will work, just try to match the colors of your clothespins
- 10-20 clothespins. I liked these super fun, colorful clothespins, but if you already have a bunch of plain wooden clothespins, you could also just color the ends of them to match your scrap paper.
(mine are from Hobby Lobby, so don’t forget to add their 40% coupon if you shop there):
- Grab your large piece of paper – this will be your game board. Any color is fine as long as it doesn’t match your clothespins. I made one from red paper and one from white paper.
- Start placing your clothespins around the edge of your large paper to determine how many shapes will fit on your board.
- Decide what kind and how many shapes you want to add to your game and start cutting them out from your colorful paper to match the clothespins.
- Use larger shapes for younger children (2 and under) and smaller ones for the older kids (3-4 years old)
- Glue your shapes to the card stock. Laminate when dry for extra durability.
- To take it up a notch, you can also glue some of the shapes to the tops of the clothespins, so the kids can match shapes and colors at the same time.
- For older children, you could also turn this into a counting or sequencing game by writing numbers on the shapes and clothespins. Or roll a pair of dice and have the child add the numbers on the dice together and then match a clothespin. Lots of possibilities!
There you go! An easy DIY matching puzzle that teaches even the youngest kids to recognize colors and shapes, while also strengthening their little fingers as they learn to write.
This color and shape matching puzzle was a hit with my preschoolers and even my own kids. I’m sure your children will love it too!