LOOM BAND FINGER GYM
With Valentines day looming… haha, excuse the pun! I thought we get our first heart themed activity underway; and with an absolute abundance of cardboard post Christmas, I’m definitely keen to put some of it to use.
Now, ironically I’m a complete hoarder of loose parts and anything recyclable; yet absolutely detest clutter in the house!! I know! Right? I love nothing more than having a good declutter session every few months and with Christmas festivities done and dusted for the year, I was champing at the bit to get stuck into clearing out some toys, books and other things that I just know the kids don’t play with or need anymore.
Now we all know it’s a completely futile mission trying to declutter toys when the kids are around, but since I had some free time this morning, I was determined to give it a go. Hence this quiet time activity which seriously took 5 minutes to make and set up on the dining table. It’s a simple fine motor challenge using loom bands and I invited the girls to wrap them around heart shaped pieces of card.
I used a foam heart shape, but you could use a cookie cutter; or indeed free hand if you’re a good drawer, to trace a few heart shapes. After cutting them out, I cut several small slits all the way around. I then plopped everything on the dining table and invited the girls to get to work stretching and wrapping the different coloured loom bands around them.
I showed them briefly the idea, then left them to it. It kept them happy for a good 15 to 20 minutes. Just enough time for me to have a quick sweep through of some stuff, bag it up and quickly throw it in the back of the car. It’ll probably stay there for the next 3 months!! Until I finally get round to remembering to take it to the local charity store!
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They approached the activity, as per usual, with their own unique way. Choosing specific colours and deciding how they would order the bands. And once they were done with the hearts they asked if I could make some star shaped cards too, of course I obliged!