Magnets are a great way to work on fine motor skills. They offer some resistance, but aren’t too difficult to manipulate. You can work on building hand strength, but not frustrate your child. This activity also works on bilateral coordination as using 2 hands is the best way to put the magnets on the hat.
What You Need:
- Cat in the Hat hat template (I found mine here)
- Craft sticks
- Construction paper
- Red and white paint
- Red crayon or marker
How to Make it:
- Print out your Cat in the Hat template.
- Using a red crayon or marker, color the stripes on the hat.
- Cut out the hat and glue it onto a different colored piece of construction paper.
- Paint your craft sticks with red and white paint, one for each stripe on the hat (if you’re using the same template I did you’ll need 3 red sticks and 3 white sticks).
- After the craft sticks have dried, attach magnets to the back of them.
- Hang the hat on your fridge (or other magnetic surface).
- Have your child match the colored craft sticks to the stripes on the hat (this is a great introduction to patterns as well).
The colored hat hung on the fridge:
Painted craft sticks:
Magnets on the back of the craft sticks:
Craft sticks matched to their colored stripes:
Trevor matching a white craft stick to a white stripe:
Matching a red stick to a red stripe:
It looks like he’s grimacing, but really he’s smiling and proud of himself: