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The temperatures have been so high lately that we have been inside quite a bit to escape the heat. But when possible, I make an effort to get the kids outside in our backyard in the late afternoon when there is enough shade to keep us cool.
One recent afternoon, I set up an activity to have my kids build with foam blocks and shaving cream. I have to give a shout out to Jackie from Happy Hooligans for inspiring this activity with her post on teaching spreading skills with blocks and shaving cream. I thought this would be such a fun way to get my kids practicing those all important fine motor skills. And boy oh boy did they have fun with this!
Note: For more ideas to help kids build their fine motor skills, see my fine motor skills page.
For this activity, I used the following materials:
- A can of shaving cream (from the dollar store)
- Small trays to squirt the shaving cream on
- Foam blocks (from Goodwill)
- Butter knives
I brought the kids outside. They watched me place some shaving cream on their little white trays. I then gave each of them a knife and invited them to spread the shaving cream onto the foam blocks to make them stick together. I demonstrated this for the kids, and then let them try it for themselves.
They were game to try it themselves and dove right in.
I always know that XGirl is really concentrating when her tongue comes out. 🙂
These lightweight foam blocks easily stuck together with the shaving cream.
The kids started by building towers with their blocks.
But they soon branched out from towers into other structures.
I think they could have kept going with this for a lot longer, but sadly I ran out of blocks.
For clean up, I dumped everything into a bowl and rinsed it off in the sink. Easy peasy!
More fine motor resources
More fine motor posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Toys that build fine motor skills
- Apple fine motor game
- Trace the shapes art and fine motor activity
- How to assemble a flashlight
- Seed medallions
- Spray bottle mural
- Practical life activities in the kitchen
- Stringing a rainbow necklace
- Fine motor fun with play foam
- Water bead sensory play
- Alphabet lacing cards
- Erasing letters with a Q-tip
- Making letters with straws and play dough