Need a break from high prep activities? Try this simple fine motor activity from Brigitte - all you need is paper clips!
Sure, it’s fun painting and making messes with the kiddos, but isn’t it nice to have a simple activity that doesn’t require too much work on your part?
This fine motor activity may be perfect for those days.
Simple Fine Motor Activity with Paper Clips
No paint, no preplanning. And all with supplies you probably already have on hand.
To DIY your own simple paper clip fine motor activity, you’ll need:
- paper clips
- construction paper
- a magnet.
Gather those items, set them on the counter, and have the kids fit as many paperclips as possible around the edges of the construction paper.
So simple and yet great fine motor practice!
It’s even more fun to make it a race. How many paperclips can they get around the edges in one minute?
My daughter remarked the paper looked like a picture frame when she had all of the paperclips around her paper.
I figured my daughter would remove the paper clips by hand, but she had another idea. She grabbed a magnet to remove them.
The magnet removal was a little tricky, but it worked.
It’s neat how a simple activity can morph into something more with a little creativity.
Play with 30+ easy fine motor activities and supplies you already have at home!
My other daughter soon joined in and had the paperclips “dancing” on the construction paper using a magnet underneath.
Then, she grabbed a marker and drew a line on her paper.
The paper clip began traveling across the line thanks to the magnet she was moving underneath the paper.
Did you know the longest paperclip chain contained 66,000 metal paperclips, was 1997.9 meters long and was created by a nine-year-old kid? I didn’t until one of my daughters asked, and we did some research.
Of course, my daughters weren’t going to beat that record, but they still had fun making their own paperclip chains. More fine motor practice!
Even clean up was fun using a magnet!
Make your own magnet table for even more simple fun!