This activity covers an array of skills your child should have mastered before starting kindergarten. This teaches pincer grasp which is vital in learning how to write. Most children do not have the strength yet to do most pinching tasks, this will exercise those little fingers and get them strong to start writing. Close pins do not only teach this simple skill, but they also take a lot of concentration and finger balance to master. Not only will your child learn how to pinch, but they will learn colors, and matching as well. It can also be adapted to other animal. The possibilities are endless.
I colorized my horse by printing them on to construction paper. They are laminated and I painted the close pins with matching non toxic tempera paint. You can also color the close pins with markers or crayons, but I found that paint seems to last longer. I lined the close pins up on the rim of a plastic cup, weighted the cup down with a few rocks, then painted and let dry.
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