Fine Motor FUN! Curled Paper Pumpkin Craft
What you’ll need
• 1 – 8 ½ x 11 sheet orange construction paper
• Scraps of brown and green construction paper
• Craft glue
How to make it
1. Cut orange construction paper into half-inch strips.
2. Wrap strips around a pencil. Remove from pencil and glue the outer end down to form a circle. Repeat for as many circles as desired for your pumpkin. (the more circles = bigger pumpkin).
3. Arrange the circles into a pumpkin shape. Glue the circles together. (See image)
4. Cut three green strips about three to four inches long and roll the ends up to make a curl. Glue to the top of your pumpkin to make leaves.
5. Cut a brown strip of paper about 3 inches long and fold in half. Glue to the top to make a stem. (See image)
6. Once everything has dried, you can tie a piece of string through the stem to hang up.
Skills addressed with this craft, include (but are not limited to):
• Direction following
• Eye-hand coordination
Is this activity too hard for your child? Don’t worry, every activity can easily be adapted!
As children grow, fine motor development occurs in a step-by-step progression and children will often achieve each milestone differently as a result of their progression with growth.
Here are a few questions an occupational therapist will typically ask to determine the child’s needs to complete a task: “Is the child receiving enough physical support? Is the child’s difficulty related to strength and/or coordination? What can I change to make the child more successful with the task?
Often times, to make a child more successful with tasks, adaptations need to be made. When making adaptations, we look to provide the child with the “Just Right” challenge. This means making necessary adaptations to a task so that the task is not too hard or too easy. Adapting activities to the child’s developmental abilities will make the activity fun, yet challenging. Success of every activity is based on not only the child’s motivation, but appropriate adaptations to make the child successful.
Here are some “Just Right” suggestions. So give it a try!
• Cut paper into larger strips
• Utilize adaptive scissors (spring loaded or loop)
• Fold the paper instead of rolling/curling
• Incorporate varied textures when using glue such as rice, glitter, or sand
• Paint with your fingertips around the finished product
• It may be necessary to take frequent breaks to maintain attention, or you can complete parts of the craft at different times
• If your child likes to be “on the move”, turn the activity into an obstacle course or game (“Pumpkin Hunt” – animal walk to locate the pieces needed for the craft).
If you would like more suggestions on ways to adapt fine motor activities at home PTC is always happy to help! Happy Fall, and Have Fun!
Sara K. Welniak, MOT, OTR/L
Bober, S.J., Humphry, R., Carswell, H.W., & Core, A.J. (2001). Toddler’s persistence in the emerging occupations of functional play and self-feeding. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55, 369-376.
Familyfun.com – Pumpkin Craft