Thanks for joining us for another day of the “Learn with Your Craft Stash” series! Today we’re sharing learning activities for craft foam. Join with me to create these fine-motor shapes from craft foam. I love craft foam because it’s more sturdy than paper, but still very easy for kids to cut through.
Materials needed for Foam Shapes from Craft Foam:
Pipe cleaners (or string)
To create the fine-motor shapes, simply cut the shape out of the craft foam. Depending on the age and abilities of your child, you can choose simple shapes, such as a square or more complex shapes, such as hexagons.
If you are using pipe cleaners for threading you can base the size of your shape on the length of the pipe cleaner or have your child use multiple pipe cleaners for threading.
I like to use pipe cleaners for threading because they hold their position better than string and are easier for a child to manipulate. Of course, a small child would need to be supervised while using them so they don’t hurt themselves with the pointy ends.
Punch holes around the perimeter of the shapes. Fewer holes for younger children and more holes for older children.
To thread, push the pipe cleaner through the first hole until 1/2″ from the end. Then fold the end of the pipe cleaner, so that it won’t easily come through the hole. Then continue threading to the end of the shape.
That’s it! Super easy, fast and fun for the kids!
Here are some other learning activities we have done with craft foam:
Be sure to check out the other great activities in the “Learn with your Craft Stash” series!