What to do with this activity?
Activities that encourage concentration and control of small finger and hand movements are very good for your child's brain development. Your boy or girl might like to try stitching on stiff card, paper plates or on cloth. A large needle is best and nice coloured thread. You can make it a maths measuring exercise by keeping the stitch holes the same distance apart for neat patterns.
Here are some projects that your child might enjoy. Notice that this is an activity for both boys and girls.
1) Stitch heart shapes on paper plates - from "Happy Hooligans".
2) Ideas and tips on how to stitch onto card from "Kiwi Crate".
Keep an eye on your child as they use the needle.
Learning to write should be fun. It’s important that children know that writing is a fun and useful. By fitting it into everyday activities, like drawing, writing notes and birthday cards children will get used to holding a pencil and learning to write properly.
Encourage your child to write and draw - on outdoor walls with chalk or in the sand at the beach. Give them picture mazes or puzzles to fill out – join the dot puzzles are great for their hand eye coordination.
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