Jul 18, 2014

Pom Pom Fish Painting

Happy Fine Motor Fridays! We have been really into pom pom painting lately. If you haven't tried it, you definitely should! It couldn't be easier to set up, and the fine motor workout is great. The first project we did a few months back, Bunny Tail Pom Pom Painting, was K's first introduction to it. He mostly just used the pom pom and clothespin apparatuses as paint brushes. Now that he has had more fine motor practice, he is able to practice pinching the clothespin to release the pom poms and then pinching again to pick them up. 

Before we started, I asked K what color he would like his fish to be. He decided on orange, so an orange fish he got! I set him up with a piece of cardstock, some orange paint, and a clothespin with an orange pom pom on the end. From there I just let him go for it.

The more he painted, the more the pom pom kept coming off of the clothespin forcing him to utilize his fine motor skills even more to grasp it again.

Blurry toddler action shot anyone?! I swear this kid moves a million miles a minute! He went wild smashing the pom pom all over the paper. My favorite thing about this activity is the pretty marbleized look of the finished artwork.

When he was done, he practiced his newest trick: the fishy face!! This new skill couldn't have come at a more opportune time. We gave fishy kisses and cracked up while his painting dried.

After the painting dried, I cut out a freehand fish and glued a large googly eye on. A red crayon mouth completed the masterpiece above!

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

Dot Marker Alphabet Cards from Craftulate

Eye Dropper Fine Motor Activities from Little Bins For Little Hands

Finger Paint Fine Motor Activity from Powerful Mothering

Fine Motor Mirror Box Play from Still Playing School

Fine Motor Fridays Pinterest Board

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