What you need:
- Tape or glue.
- Create a character using paper.
- Cut in the middle of the mouth.
- Tape or glue the top part of the character to the edge part of one piece of the clothespin.
- Tape or glue the bottom part of the character to the other edge part of the clothespin.
- You want to be able to pinch the clothespin so it opens the character’s mouth.
- Add final touches to the character.
- Repeat the steps and make additional characters!
Ways to Expand the Activity:
- Add clothespins together. Can you make a two-headed monster with clothespins?
- Make a larger clothespin using sticks and a rubber band. Attach two sticks together so that you can move them similar to how you move scissors. Attach a larger character to the sticks like the clothespins.
What Kids Learn:
- Hand eye coordination. Young children can use activities like this to help improve communication between their minds and bodies.
- Experimentation! When kids experiment, they're learning how to learn. Failure is an important part of experimenting, so let kids try things that won’t work. It’s how they figure things out!
- Children gain social and emotional skills through dramatic play. When they pretend, they are experimenting in social roles, practicing language, and solving problems.
- Fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are smaller actions using the fingers and thumb for grasping.