Apr 11, 2014

Painting with Carrot Shavings

Happy Fine Motor Fridays! This week, we did a really fun activity that utilizes a material that you would typically throw away: carrot shavings. I had a pile of carrot shavings waiting to go into the compost bin after a delicious carrot pumpkin bread bake-a-thon, so I thought it would be fun to use some of them. 

For this project, you simply need some carrot shavings, washable orange paint, and white cardstock. 

The goal was for Kingston to exercise his fine motor skills while using the carrot shavings as "paintbrushes". It worked wonderfully! He was very intrigued by the carrot shavings, as he has been in the past. He was also really excited that he got to dip them himself. He ran the shavings through the orange paint and then dragged, smeared, and pressed them onto the paper. 

He practiced using his pincher grip, strengthened grasping skills while trying to hold the slipper carrot shavings in his hands, and made some beautiful abstract art in the process. 

We talked about straight lines vs. curvy lines, and he worked really hard to make some nice straight ones! Notice how he always has that left hand up in the pictures? I love it! 

He is really into dipping things in ketchup at the moment, so this activity was spot on for him. 

His finished masterpiece was very abstract, (and actually much lighter than this in person). It is currently brightening up our "Easter" window! 

Looking for more carrot shaving play? Check out our Carrot Shaving Sensory Salad!!

Don't forget to check out the other awesome Fine Motor Fridays posts:

Sensory Nest Building from Still Playing School

Threading Buttons from School Time Snippets

Colorful PomPom Toothpicks from Stir the Wonder

Loose Parts Play for Toddlers from Powerful Mothering

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