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Cardboard Nail Painting

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A simple activity for children to practice their fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination, used for prewriting while painting cardboard nails.

Materials Needed:

  • Cardboard cut out of left and right hand
  • Nail polish
  • Black marker

What to do:

  • Draw nails on each cardboard.
  • Have the child use nail polish to paint the cardboard nails.

Hints and Tips:

  • Encourage the child to hold the small brush in the correct grasp.
  • Use a stroke motion (down to up) to paint each nail.
  • A small paintbrush and paint can also be used instead of nail polish.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    strengthening small hand muscles 
    hand preference 
    developing fine motor skills

  • Play Based Learning: Exploratory Play
  • Interest Areas: Sensory Play
  • Games Categories: Fine Motor Skills, Sensory Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 3
  • Sub Outcomes:

    engage in increasingly complex sensory-motor skills and movement patterns.

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