Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pins and Sequins Ornament

imageDec11_PinOrnament2I found this craft through Crafty Crow and was intrigued by how different the process was from a usual color-cut-glue approach to children craft. I already had sequins (not as pretty but good enough) in my craft cabinet, so it was an easy setup and easy demonstration, and I was amused to see how long Anna stuck with this project – way longer than heDec11_PinOrnamentr usual attention span for art projects. She even asked to do another ornament to give to our neighbors, but I will definitely go with a smaller ball next time! What I like about this project is that it’s such a good fine motor skill practice – first putting tiny sequins in order on the tiny pin, and then sticking them into the ball. Just the right amount of challenge for my 5 year old, and the results are prettier in reality than in these photos.

14 comments:

Kelly said...

I love when I can find fun ways to sneak in fine motor activities. The ornament does look very pretty.
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Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

i loved that idea too and would love to try it sometime! I pinned it!

Kylie said...

yes that looks like a simple activity that the kids can work on little by little if needed/wanted....not sure we'll have time to fit it in now though ;-)

Christy said...

I love this!!! I think R will enjoy it too!

Kim said...

Ooh, I like this. I'll have to save it and try it soon!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Ah, this is perfect for my little man who loves to poke things into styrofoam. :) I have been sick and he is begging for "something to do", and I think I have everything we need for this, so I am off to find the supplies and then try to sneak in a little rest while he is busy. Thanks for a wonderful idea!

Phyllis said...

She looks so happy. This looks like a great craft...more like a skill than a craft. Thanks for posting about it.

Sherri said...

this is a great idea! thanks for sharing it!

Ticia said...

We have some ornaments like this my Mom did when I was very young hanging on my tree. They're much more complicated, but they always turn out so beautiful. Especially if someone has the patience to cover the entire thing.

I need to pick up some Styrofoam shapes and let my kids have at this.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I never remember to buy styrofoam balls - there are so many good crafts that call for them - but I never have them on hand. I'm sure Anna's ornament is pretty, sparkling in the Christmas lights.

MaryAnne said...

What a cool project! My kids would love this activity!

Debbie said...

I love this idea. Her ornament is so pretty.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I like this as a fine motor activity, but I wonder what I could use instead of a styrofoam ball?

Elise said...

I smiled when I read your comment about buying a smaller ball (only because I often do this - I buy a larger version of a particular item and then part way through a craft realise that it would have been so much wiser to get the smaller option).

This is a fun activity that I'm sure my cherubs would enjoy.

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