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Develop Scissor Skills and Bilateral Hand Skills by Making a Wreath



Fine motor skills are a stepping-stone for school readiness. Share this fun craft activity for developing children's scissor skills and bilateral hand skills with families!

Making a Wreath

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Show your child how to fold a paper plate in half.
  2. Encourage her to cut a semi-circle around the inside of the paper plate.
  3. Unfold the plate to reveal a “wreath.”
  4. Help your child decorate the wreath by tearing small pieces of tissue paper and squeezing the paper into balls.
  5. Give her a glue stick to use to cover the “wreath” in glue, or dip each tissue paper ball into glue.
  6. Glue the tissue balls onto the wreath. When the glue dries, display the wreath prominently.
  7. Help your child punch two holes at the top of the wreath and lace yarn or ribbon through the holes so that she can hang the wreath.

More Fun!

  • Use the wreath as a frame for a picture – either something your child has created or for a photo. Give it as a gift!

With a chapter of frequently-asked questions from real parents, developmental guidelines, and easy strategies for teaching children important skills, Everyday Play: Fun Games to Develop the Fine Motor Skills Your Child Needs for School is the book parents need to ensure their child is ready for kindergarten!  Organized by age for easy reference, the dozens of creative activities in the book are inexpensive, require few or no materials, and are easy to do.   Written by Christy Isbell, PhD, OTR/L, a pediatric occupational therapist, the activities allow parents and children to have fun together while building kindergarten readiness.



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