If you are looking for creative ways to enhance fine motor skills this Easter, Wikki Stix are fun for young children to use while helping tiny finger muscles grow!
Materials needed: Assorted Wikki Stix, one Easter Egg Patterns.pdf (file linked above), scissors, and crayons or markers.
*Our kids used Easter craft eggs and empty egg cartons in the photo above. They are not necessary, but were fun for the kids. We had an abundance of empty egg cartons in our classroom; our egg creations gave us a reason to use them.
Print the Easter Egg Patterns (file linked above) for each child. Have the children use crayons or markers to make any patterns, letters, shapes, or numbers desired in each of the 6 colored eggs in one row. After the children have finished making the egg patterns, have them cut out that strip of 6 eggs (assist younger children with cutting.) If you are not using craft eggs, have the children cut out the 6 large egg patterns on the last page of the file.
Ask the children to use Wikki Stix to re-create their egg designs on the 6 large eggs. The Wikki Stix can be cut with safety scissors, but younger children may need help cutting pieces for their designs. It is a fun way to work on fine motor skills while creating marvelous Easter Egg designs!
Wikki Stix Created Easter Bunny Rubbing Plates
Materials needed: White and pink Wikki Stix, heavy paper or cardboard (one per student), copy paper (one per student), and crayons.
Have the children create a Wikki Stix bunny on the piece of cardboard. The children should make two large circles for the bunny’s body, two ears, and one small circle for the bunny’s tail (see photo below.)
Have the children lay one piece of white paper over the Wikki Stix bunny and rub across the white paper with a crayon. The children can add features with crayons or Wikki Stix when their rubbings are done.
Homemade rubbing plates are fun to make. Using the Wikki Stix was a lot faster than waiting for glue-crafted rubbing plates to dry. Young children think it is almost magical when the design appears on the paper.
If you would like more Easter or Wikki Stix activities for learning and play, see the Wikki Stix or Easter Thematic Units at: The Preschool Toolbox!