Yes, craft projects are literacy related. They allow the child to practice his fine motor skills, as well as develop listening and speaking skills (listening to and following directions, sequencing, etc.).
Big L had a friend over to play this day, so we decided to try out this idea that I got from Play at Home Mom LLC.
- wax or parchment paper
- hot glue gun
- elmer's glue
- food coloring (if you want to tint the glue)
- gems, glitter, or any other embellishments
- string, ribbon or plastic lacing cord
Make an outline of the shape you want to make with hot glue on wax or parchment paper. Let dry. Now, your child has a space to fill with elmer's glue. Let him squeeze, squeeze, squeeze, making sure there are no empty spots left. If he goes outside the line, that's okay. You can trim it off when it's dry.
Embellish your ornaments with gems, glitter, whatever you want or have on hand in your craft supplies. Let dry for at least 1 day, depending on the thickness of the glue.
Peal the dried glue off of the wax paper. Trim around the edges to make them look a little cleaner. Punch a hole in the top and add string or lacing cord to hang. We hung them from our chandelier with fake spider webbing.
We can't wait to play around with this craft some more, changing the shapes, colors, embellishments. I think it'll be a while before this one gets old.
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