3 Animal Crafts for Building Fine Motor Skills

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These animal crafts are not only totally adorable but are great for working fine motor skills. Did you know that there are over 30 muscles in the hand. And, just like any other muscle, they need to be developed through activities that will strengthen them and promote coordination. Because not only do they need to be strong, they need to be able to coordinate with all of the other muscles and work together to accomplish tasks. There is so much that goes into that, and lots of kids need a little extra practice to master fine motor skills. Enjoy both making and playing with these 3 animal crafts for building fine motor skills.

CLOTHESPIN ZEBRA

ANIMAL CRAFTS FOR BUILDING FINE MOTOR SKILLS
ZEBRA CLOTHESPIN CRAFT

SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG

  • 4 Paper plates (9-inch coated)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • Newspaper
  • 7 Clothespins
  • White paint
  • Black paint
  • 2 Medium pompoms
  • Large popsicle stick
  • Glue stick
  • 2 Small googly eyes
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Scraps of black construction paper

Time Frame: 30 minutes (Depending on the amount of detail being added)

Age Recommendation: This craft is appropriate for preschool on up. For little ones, you will want to pre-cut the pieces. But the painting, gluing and securing of the clothespins can be done by all ages.

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Step 1: Paint

  • Place six of the clothespins on the newspaper
  • Squeeze out a little white and black paint
  • Pinch one of the pompoms with the remaining clothespin to form a “paint brush”
  • Paint 3 of the clothespins white
  • Then, change to a fresh, clean pompom and paint the other three black
  • Also, paint the large popsicle stick black
  • Flip over the clothespins and popsicle stick and paint the other side also so that you can have a 2D zebra
  • Set them aside, and let the paint dry completely while you move on to the next step.

Step 2: Cut

  • Print the available free template for the front end and back end of the zebra…OR draw these pieces freehand yourself.
  • Trace or draw the front of the zebra onto a paper plate, staying in the middle as much as possible. Cut it out. Repeat this again on another plate, making a mirror image of the first cutout, so that you can make a zebra sandwich.
  • Now, trace (or draw) the back end of your zebra onto 2 more plates, again staying in the center and making the pieces mirror images. Cut out the pieces.
  • Trace and cut out 2 additional legs and one ear (from template)
zebra step 2

Step 3: Add Some Detail

  • Before putting it all together we are going to take this chance to add details to the zebra.
  • Draw on his stripes however you would like…on both sides (front and back). I used a black sharpie marker for this. *It is easiest if you draw on the matte side of the paper plate rather than the coated glossy side.
  • Cut a strip of black paper the size of the zebra’s neck and glue it onto the back. Snip the paper to make “hair”.
  • Add the additional legs and ear, gluing them in place on the back of one of the front and back sets. Add the stripes and other details.
  • Give your zebra a tail by cutting a thin strip of black paper and snipping the end. Glue it in place.
zebra step 3

Step 4: Put It Together

  • Place the end of the painted popsicle stick sandwiched in between the 2 front end pieces of the zebra. It should be about 1 to 1 1/2 inches. The popsicle stick should not be exactly center vertically but slightly above center.
  • Now secure your sandwich with the glue stick.
  • Do the same with the back end of your zebra by sandwiching the end of the popsicle stick and adding glue to the center. *Be sure to leave enough room on the popsicle stick for your 6 clothespins without much extra space.
  • Add your stripes to the zebra by pinching the clothespins onto the popsicle stick.
  • Last, use the Elmer’s glue to place the eyes. Sit it aside to let the glue dry.
zebra step 4

Not only are these crafts great for working on finger strength, motor separation of the hand, arch development, fine motor coordination and bilateral coordination because of the clothespin element, there are other developmental benefits as well. For example, if you approach this craft by allowing your child to make his/her own decisions about drawing on the details, even if that means that it won’t look like grown-up made it (which, by the way, IT SHOULDN’T!), then they will be working on executive functioning, problem solving and motor planning too.

These are all necessary skills for success in school…and life! And all this will be happening while your child is simply having fun and creating something that they will be so proud of! After all, children learn best through play…never lose sight of that. Keep it fun! The process is more important than the final result. If you want to learn more about improving your child’s fine motor skills, this FREE mini course is a perfect place to start…

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Save these crafts for later…Pin to your favorite Pinterest board!

ANIMAL CRAFTS FOR BUILDING FINE MOTOR SKILLS

CLOTHESPIN RAINBOW UNICORN

ANIMAL CRAFTS FOR BUILDING FINE MOTOR SKILLS
UNICORN CLOTHESPIN CRAFT

SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG

  • 4 Paper plates (9-inch coated)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • 7 Clothespins
  • Newspaper
  • 7 Medium pompoms
  • Paint in 6 rainbow colors
  • White paint
  • Pencil
  • Scraps of rainbow colored construction paper
  • Markers
  • Large popsicle stick
  • Optional: washi tape for the horn (pattern of your choice)

Time Frame: 20-25 minutes (Depending on the amount of detail being added)

Age Recommendation: This craft is appropriate for preschool on up. For little ones, you will want to pre-cut the pieces. But the painting, gluing and securing of the clothespins can be done by all ages.

Step 1: Paint

  • Place six of the clothespins on the newspaper
  • Squeeze out a little of each of the rainbow colors (it doesn’t take much)
  • Pinch one of the pompoms with the remaining clothespin to form a “paint brush”
  • Paint each of the clothespins a different color
  • Change up the pompom for each color
  • Now paint the popsicle stick white.
  • Set them aside, and let the paint dry completely

*All painting should just be done on one side of the clothespins and popsicle stick…unless you would like to make your unicorn 2D. Then, once one side is dry, flip the pieces over and paint the other side also.

Unicorn Craft step 1

Step 2: Cut

  • Print the available free template for your clothespin unicorn…OR draw these pieces freehand yourself. You will want the middle to be about the width of a clothespin.
  • Trace or draw the front of the unicorn onto a paper plate, staying in the middle as much as possible. Cut it out. Repeat this again on another plate so that you have 2 mirror image cutouts.
  • Now, trace (or draw) the back end of your unicorn onto 2 more plates in the same way as the front. Cut out the pieces.
  • This will basically give you a unicorn sandwich which we will begin to put together in an upcoming step.
  • From the leftover scraps, trace and cut out the remaining parts of your unicorn.
  • Trace or draw the tail onto one of the scraps of colored construction paper or onto paper plate scraps that you will color with markers and snip the ends to form the hair.
Unicorn Craft step 2

Step 3: Add the Details

  • Before putting it all together we are going to take this chance to add details to the unicorn. If you want to make your unicorn 2D, be sure to add details to the front and back.
  • Draw on the nose and face and whatever other details you would like to add. *It is easiest if you draw on the matte side of the paper plate rather than the coated glossy side.
  • Cut several little blocks of colored construction paper and glue them along the unicorn’s neck to form his mane. Snip the paper to make the “hair”. You can leave this standing straight up or make the blocks a little bigger so that you can fold the mane forward.
  • Optional: Color the unicorns horn with a patterned washi tape of your choice and then trim around the outside edge.
  • Add the additional legs, horn, tail and ear, gluing them in place on the back of one of the front and back sets.
ANIMAL CRAFTS FOR BUILDING FINE MOTOR SKILLS
Unicorn Craft Step 3

Step 4: Put It All Together

  • Place the end of the painted popsicle stick sandwiched in between the 2 front end pieces of the unicorn. It should be about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in. The popsicle stick should not be exactly center vertically but slightly above center.
  • Now secure your sandwich with the glue stick.
  • Do the same with the back end of your unicorn by sandwiching the end of the popsicle stick and adding glue to the center. *Be sure to leave enough room on the popsicle stick for your 6 clothespins without much extra space.
  • Add your rainbow stripes to the unicorn by pinching the clothespins onto the popsicle stick.
Unicorn Craft Step 4
Unicorn Craft Step 4

Check out these other Unicorn Crafts…

Easy Unicorn Halloween Costume Idea
Unicorn Horn Kids’ Craft
unicorn notebook kids craft
Unicorn Notebook

CLOTHESPIN TIGER

ANIMAL CRAFTS FOR BUILDING FINE MOTOR SKILLS
TIGER CLOTHESPIN CRAFT

SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG

  • 4 Paper plates (9-inch coated)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • Newspaper
  • Orange and black paint
  • 7 Clothespins
  • 2 Medium pompoms
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • Large popsicle stick
  • Small googly eye
  • Scrap of orange construction paper

Time Frame: 20-25 minutes (Depending on the amount of detail being added)

Age Recommendation: This craft is appropriate for preschool on up. For little ones, you will want to pre-cut the pieces. But the painting, gluing and securing of the clothespins can be done by all ages.

Step 1: Paint

  • Place six of the clothespins on the newspaper
  • Squeeze out a little orange and black paint
  • Pinch one of the pompoms with the remaining clothespin to form a “paint brush”
  • Paint 3 of the clothespins orange
  • Then, change to a fresh, clean pompom and paint the other three black
  • Also, paint the large popsicle stick orange
  • To make your tiger 2D, flip each piece over and paint the other side to match.
  • Set them aside, and let the paint dry completely while you move to the next step
Tiger Clothespin Craft step 1
Tiger Clothespin Craft step 1

Step 2: Cut

  • Print the available free template for the front end and back end of the tiger…OR draw these pieces freehand yourself.
  • Trace or draw the front of the tiger onto a paper plate, staying in the middle as much as possible. Cut it out. Repeat this again on another plate, creating a mirror image.
  • Now, repeat this process with the back end of the tiger.
  • This will basically give you a tiger sandwich which we will begin to put together in an upcoming step.
  • Trace the additional legs onto scraps of the remaining paper plate and cut them out. You only need one of each of these.
  • Not included in your template, cut out a curvy tail from the remaining scraps of paper plate.
Tiger Clothespin Craft Step 2
Tiger Clothespin Craft Step 2

Step 3: Add Some Detail

  • Paint the pieces of your tiger orange and use a pompom to tap on a little white paint as pictured (tummy, face, etc.) to add a little detail. Sit your painted pieces aside for a minute to dry if needed. It will not take long at all. *It is easiest if you paint on the matte side of the plate rather than the coated glossy side.
  • Before putting it all together we are going to take this chance to add details to the tiger. Draw on his stripes however you would like, on both the front and the back if you want your tiger to be 2D.
  • Draw on his facial features.
  • Add the additional legs and tail, gluing them in place on the back of one of the front and back sets.
Tiger Clothespin Craft Step 3a
Tiger Clothespin Craft Step 3a
Tiger Clothespin Craft Step 3b
Tiger Clothespin Craft Step 3b

Step 4: Put It Together

  • Place the end of the painted popsicle stick sandwiched in between the 2 front end pieces of the tiger. It should be about 1 to 1 1/2 inches. The popsicle stick should not be exactly center vertically but slightly above center.
  • Now secure your sandwich, with the popsicle stick in the middle, with some glue.
  • Do the same with the back end of your tiger by sandwiching the end of the popsicle stick and adding glue to the center. *Be sure to leave enough room on the popsicle stick for your 6 clothespins without much extra space.
  • Add your stripes to the tiger by pinching the clothespins onto the popsicle stick.
Tiger Clothespin Craft Step 4
Tiger Clothespin Craft Step 4

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ANIMAL CRAFTS FOR BUILDING FINE MOTOR SKILLS

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