Today I am sharing 50 Must-Make, Super Cool DIY Fine Motor Skills Toys. Affiliate links are used in this post. Below is a list of 50 Cool fine motor activities from Lalymom, my fellow FMF bloggers and others around the web. You will find toys made using recyclables, household items and craft supplies. Each one […]
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Happy Friday! Today’s Fine Motor Fridays post shares a super simple DIY tutorial for making Fine Motor Toys. You might be gazing at that contraption, wondering what on earth it is. Well I am calling it an Alphabet Tilt Maze. You know those little handheld games you had as a kid where you had to […]
We have been on a DIY Toys kick lately. I can’t help it, I like to tinker! We been having so much fun with our cardboard crafts, and today’s DIY Steamroller toy falls in that category. I think tinkering runs in my family. Both my parents like to make and do. My mom is an electrician […]
Time for yet another easy and fun DIY Toy tutorial! Today I’m sharing one of our cardboard crafts, it’s a super easy cardboard box bulldozer blade! As usual I’ve the tutorial below, including affiliate links. My two year old son has many obsessions. Yesterday I told you about his Rocket Ship obsession. Today it’s all […]
In a world of store-bought toys, I can’t help but get caught up in the fun of creating my own DIY Toys every now and then. These Rocket Ship Toys are my latest creation! Oh, just FYI, as usual some of the links below are affiliate links, which just means that if you happen to […]
Happy Fine Motor Fridays! This week I have a tutorial for an easy DIY Toddler Toy to Develop Fine Motor Skills! It uses shrink film (commonly known as Shrinky Dinks) and ribbon to make a Ribbon Pull Toy that is sure to get that pincer grasp a workin’! If you don’t have shrink film or you want […]
I think the stars are aligning! Somehow I have managed to combine two of my recent craft obsessions- babyfood pouch cap crafts and shrinky dinks crafts- into one fun idea! I noticed that when you use a 1 inch hole punch to punch a hole in shrinky dinks and then you bake them, the resulting […]
How much fun do kids have with puppets?! A LOT! That’s why I’m sharing 25 adorable finger and hand puppets to make with kids today! Puppets are a wonderful toy to fuel imaginative playtime. But they also get those hands moving, aid in vocabulary development and so much more. Finger and Hand Puppets for Kids […]
We live in a house in the city, so it’s big enough but not huge. That’s one of the reasons I like to try to find ways to make play things for the kids that are non-permanent. This inspired me to share a tutorial for how to make non-permanent, removable LEGO Walls. I love non-permanent […]
Have you guys ever played Angry Birds? Well today we are sharing how we made our own, easy peasy DIY Angry Birds Knock Down Game. There are a couple affiliate links in this post, FYI. My kids recently learned of the Angry Birds apps and think they’re super hilarious. I was sitting around one day […]
Today’s post is a buyer’s guide for anyone looking to encourage vertical surface play in their home, classroom, play room or preschool. We love taking things vertical at our house! It is awesome for truck stabilization, core muscle development, hand-eye coordination, should strength and ultimately it aids fine motor skills and even handwriting! And bonus- […]
Happy Fine Motor Friday! We are back with playful ways to get kids’ hands moving! Today’s DIY Toy is not only another one of our Recycled Crafts but is great to work on wrist extension and bilateral integration. Note- I did add a couple affiliate links to this post, which just means that if you […]
Today’s post is another DIY Toy in our series of construction related recycled crafts. It was super simple to put together and my toddler has been playing with it ever since I made it! Months ago I was talking to my friend Georgina over at Craftulate all about how her son was really into construction vehicles and that […]
Today’s fine motor Friday’s post is a simple tutorial to make DIY Preschool Manipulatives. If you come by here often you know we love DIY toys– especially toys made from recyclables! My new mantra is Save the Planet: Make a Toy! When LalyDad and I order out we tend to pick our favorites over and […]
Welcome to another week of Fine Motor Fridays! Today’s fine motor activities for toddlers are all about Velcro! Velcro is one of those materials that can be kind of mesmerizing…no matter what age you are! The sound, the feeling, even the look of it can be so interesting! When you add some Velcro to activities for toddlers […]
Ladybug has been on an outdoorsy kick lately. She and her dad camped out in a tent in the backyard, she likes “exploring” and looking for bugs, and she’s been pretending to fish in the back yard using twigs she finds on the ground. I love it, it’s adorable to see my 3 year old […]
Hi! Is this your first time here? Please follow along over on our facebook and pinterest pages so you don’t miss any of the fun! So…we have been on a pouch cap craft kick over here lately and it hasn’t ended yet! Ladybug has a new Olivia book about the circus so she loves playing circus- pretending to be […]
Yes, I DID say Pimp Your Light Box….because this post is all about making your very own, DIY Light Box that is both remote controlled AND multi-colored! Okay now 90% of people who read this will think, wow, what a major dork! But I know some of you out there are thinking, Aww yeah, I […]
-99 playful ideas to help you create fun activities to encourage fine motor skills.
-Chapters devoted to DIY Toys, Busy Bags, Practical Life Skills, Sensory Activities, Art & Crafts, Early Learning and Holiday themed activities!
-Each activity includes full color photos, a materials list and step-by-step instructions.
-It’s a fantastic resource for parents, educators and caretakers.
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Today I am sharing how to use a super simple Dollar Store Hack to make an awesome Sing Movie Activity for Kids. Introducing the DIY Moon Theatre Stage! I’m popping in a few affiliate links for easy shopping. We went to see the Sing Movie over the holidays and everyone in the family loved it. […]
Hello and welcome to my Christmas Shop Page! This page is a place to find my Holiday Gift Guides, free Christmas printables, and Product Recommendations all in one spot! Happy Holidays to you and yours, from the Lalymom family. <3 Holiday Gift Guides Click the photo below to see the complete gift guide. Free Christmas […]
Fall is my very favorite season of the year. The whooshing of the leaves, the cool crisp air and cozy sweaters all make me smile! So it is no surprise that today I am combining my favorite season with my favorite type of activity- fine motor activities! Each fall themed fine motor activity below will […]
Emotions are a tough topic for kids to tackle so today I’m sharing our Emotions Discovery Bottles, which is a fun DIY Toy or craft inspired by Disney’s Inside Out. These are part of Frugal Fun for Kids’ Craft Closet Boredom Busters Week! I’ve added a few affiliate links for easy reference, just FYI. We have […]
Today’s post is a little different from my normal fine motor idea or DIY toy tutorial. It is a book review for some lovely Montessori resources that we found at our library recently. They were in with the baby board books at our library but they are much more than your average board book so […]
Well this should come as no shocker to my long time fans- today I’m sharing not only a DIY Toy, but ones that are also Pouch Cap Crafts. These upcycled crafts are colorful, fun and easy to put together! Oh- I am also sharing a couple affiliate links for anyone who is unfamiliar with the […]
As the new year begins, it is always nice to take a look back to see what went well over the past year. Today’s post is just that- a look back at the best of Lalymom in 2014. This year in the Lalymom household, our daughter turned four and our son turned two. Their […]
Today’s Christmas Activities for kids are inspired by an AWESOME new book that I had a chance to review. Before I tell you all about it, I should mention affiliate links are used in this post, which just means that if you click through and buy something, I make a tiny commission at no additional […]
Today we are talking about gifts. This post is specifically about gifts for parents who love spending time with their kids. Or maybe you would like to find gifts that would encourage quality time. These will be perfect! (Quick note- affiliate links are used in this post for your convenience.) When shopping for friends and […]
Did you know this week is World Nursery Rhyme Week? Fun right? We have had fun in our house with our book related activities and nursery rhymes fall in that group for us, since we most often read rather than sing our nursery rhymes. Today I have another DIY Toy to go with a nursery […]
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Are you looking for Fine Motor Activities for Kids?! We’ve got them- specifically 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5, all in one place! In October of 2013 I started a weekly series with some blogger friends to share playful fine motor skills activities for a range of ages. It was only intended […]
Happy Fine Motor Friday! Today’s DIY Toy is the Ultimate PVC Play Table in a Bag! Playing trains, building with LEGO, lining up roads and driving cars- these are all great playful ways to help kids develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills! I call this the ULTIMATE play table because you can use it […]
I am guest posting today over at Makeovers and Motherhood today all about a delish low calorie whiskey sour recipe! Head on over to the guest post to see the low calorie Whiskey Sour Recipe and then come back to see the list below of mix and match drink ideas using the same recipe plus […]
Today I am thrilled to announce the launch of a wonderful new resource filled with fun activities for infants and toddlers! Zero to Two ~ the book of play is a new eBook from Cathy James of Nurturestore and I am over the moon excited I am to be one of the contributors! Inside this eBook you will find […]
Welcome to a new year of Fine Motor Fridays! I’m back with our group of lovely bloggers to bring you more fine motor skills activities! I love making DIY Toys from recycled materials and this is one of my favorites! This week I finally made a toy for my son that has been on […]
I am teaming up with a group of bloggers from the Kid Blogger Network to participate in the Best Kids activities of 2013 Blog Hop. Each of us will choose our favorite post from 2013 and share it in the linky below. Of course, being the indecisive person that I am, it was very hard […]
Inside: Find everything you need to earn the Daisy Girl Scout Zinni Petal. Ideas including crafts, activities, printables and books. Affiliate links are included for easy shopping. Earning the light green Zinni petal, otherwise known as the Daisy Considerate and Caring Patch, is a fun and easy daisy petal to earn because there are soooo […]
There’s so much fun and learning to be had using Shrinky Dinks! Come read tips and tricks our family has learned throughout all our Shrinky Dink making activities. We sure have had fun in the Lalymom household with our Shrinky Dink Crafts! We have tried out clear store bought shrink film, printable injet shrinky film, […]
Happy Summer! Has your family been doing any traveling this summer? If so, you’re going to love this list of fun games to play in the car! These games reinforce facts my children have already learned, and in a fun way that helps keep them distracted during a long car ride. Even though it’s summer […]
Today I was researching Easter Basket Ideas for my kids and thought I would put together a list to share of Easter Basket Gifts that promote fine motor skills. Each of these ideas are first and foremost FUN, but why not encourage fine motor practice while you’re at it?! They pair great with many of […]