Try this fun fine motor activity this spring! Just grab a fistful of dandelions and start threading them on your DIY shape board. This is the perfect activity for reusing extra pieces of cardboard that you have laying around the house. Spring is the perfect time for nature activities, so get outside and try this one with your kids today!
There is such an abundance of natural learning materials during spring! We currently have thousands (literally) of dandelions on our lawn and we have been using them for all sorts of learning and crafting activities the past couple of weeks.
I love this activity because these dandelion threading boards are completely reusable. When we are finished with them, we can pull out the dandelions and save the boards for next spring or keep them close in the crafting closet for wildflower season!
Ready to make these shape boards!? Here’s what you’ll need..
- Cardboard– These cardboard sheets are a convenient option if you don’t have any to reuse.
- Something sharp to puncture holes in the cardboard- You could use a ceramic clay needle and then a sharp pencil to widen the hole.
- Scissors or X Acto Knife– These are excellent for cardboard crafts! They are very sharp ONLY for adult use.
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Here’s How We Made Them:
Cut pieces of cardboard into different shapes.
Poke holes in the cardboard. This is a job for an adult!
I used a sharp landscaping tool, but you could try a sharp pencil or anything else that can poke holes through cardboard. I had a few dandelions on hand to test out the spacing of the holes. I wanted as much of the cardboard covered with dandelions as possible, so the holes are pretty close together.
Now head outside and make your dandelion shapes! This is the perfect hands-on activity for preschool aged kids that are working on shape recognition, hand-eye coordination, or fine motor skills!
It’s easier to thread the dandelions if you use shorter stems. Longer stems can be a little bit more difficult to manage. As you can see in the photo below, the stems hang just a little under the board.
This hands-on shape activity will definitely leave a lasting impression on children. They are so fun to make, look so pretty when finished, and feel so soft when you run your hand over the top of a completed board!
Pin it and save it for later!
I hope you give this simple nature activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.