We seem to go through phases of TV shows and the other day, at the peak of our Little Einstein's phase, my daughter was pretending to fly a rocket ship. That's it, I thought! We can make a dashboard of spinning, twisting, turning parts! I got started myself during baby brother's nap but as soon as I attached the steering wheel Ladybug knew what I was up to and asked to join in. It became a pretty fun thing to do together, although there were some times when she got a little impatient. But I really couldn't complain considering she was practicing threading and other fine motor skills while we made it!
We had a great box for our dashboard, it was left from baby brother's birthday party when we ordered Chipotle catering. (And yes, it WAS awesome. :-D) Other than that we used various plastic lids, containers, a paper plate and pouch caps. We used the same method to attach almost all of the pieces: We threaded fuzzy sticks (a.k.a pipe cleaners or chenille stems) through some craft buttons and fed the fuzzy stick through a small hole in the lid and the cardboard box. (The fuzzy sticks and craft buttons were provided for free from www.craftprojectideas.com) For most of these you could also use a metal brad to fasten them if you have them on hand. Some of the larger items needed another craft button on the inside, but the lighter ones didn't, I just twisted the two ends of the fuzzy sticks together just inside the box and then splayed them apart against the box.
We have gone on a lot of rocket missions in the past week and baby brother even got in on the fun. I was nervous that it would not withstand the death grip of our gentle giant, but luckily he watched big sister maneuver the pieces an learned how to move everything without yanking anything out! Bonus! Now we have a fun toy for both kids to practice those good old fine motor skills!
It turns out great minds think alike! Dyan, one of our other Fine Motor Friday Friends was constructing an awesome Upcycled Car Dashboard in her kids' playroom! Check hers our for something more permanent! It is so cool! I wish we had a space like that!
This is the third week of our Fine Motor Fridays series, where I joined with four other fabulous kid bloggers every week in October to brink you new Fine Motor Skills activities. Did you miss the previous week's activities? Here is week 1 and week 2.Below are the links directly to this week's Fine Motor Fridays posts, while the links at the top of this post will take you to their Facebook Pages…it's handy up there right next to the Like button for my own Facebook page (Hint, hint! Like, like!).
We hope to see you next Friday for more Fine Motor Fun! I'll also be sure to pin each of our posts to my Fine Motor Fun Pinterest board, so check that out for more inspiration! Thanks for coming by!