Tissue Paper Easter Bonnet, a creative and fine motor skill activity for preschoolers, includes instructions, materials list and learning objectives.
Children’s creativity blossoms through rich experience in the arts. According to Play Projects and preschool Standards by Gera Jacobs and Kathy Krowley, “Through the arts, children learn to express themselves and discover that they can represent their thoughts and ideas through many different media. The arts help children develop the concept that one thing can represent an idea…Art assists children in making meaning of their world”. Art nurtures creativity.
Fine motor skills are actions that involve the small movement of hands, wrists, feet, fingers, toes, tongue, and lips. In contrast with gross motor skills which involve larger muscles of the arms, legs and feet, fine motor skills focus on small muscle movements in coordination with the eye. Some important fine motor concepts and skills that preschool age children learn to master are bilateral coordination, visual motor coordination, grasp, hand use, manipulation skills, pincer grasp, wrist rotation, pre-writing grasp, hand strength, and tactile awareness.
Children learn fine motor skills through practice. Activities which involve writing, drawing, cutting, stringing, and buttoning are great examples of activities that promote the development of fine motor skills. This Easter lesson plan includes the materials list, preparation instructions, and procedures for this activity. It also includes age appropriate learning objectives and samples of the simple, supporting verbal cues necessary to encourage participation and support learning.
Easter Bonnet Materials List
· Poster board in the color of your choice
· Tissue paper in a variety of colors (Easter colors such as pale pink, blue, yellow, green)
· Decorative embellishments (such as dried flowers)
Easter Bonnet Activity Preparation
· Cut tissue paper into small squares.
· Draw an Easer bonnet shape on each piece of poster board.
· Cover a table with butcher paper.
· Place all materials on the activity table.
Procedures for Easter Bonnet
1. Invite the children over and explain to them that they can create and decorate an Easter bonnet with tissue paper.
2. Instruct the children to cut out their Easter bonnet from the poster board.
3. Show children how to scrunch the tissue paper to create flowers or any other shapes the children choose.
4. Encourage children to glue the tissue paper flowers all over the hat.
5. Encourage the children to decorate the front edges of the bonnet by gluing on the flowers and dried leaves. Allow to dry completely.
6. Try the bonnet on the child to help shape and form the bonnet and create a comfortable fit. Fold the back pieces of each side round and the back of the top down and fasten to form the bonnet shape. Staple or glue the pieces in place.
7. Finish the bonnet by stapling on two pieces of ribbon, one to each of the lower inside corners.
Easter Bonnet Learning Objectives
To provide the opportunity for expressive activities by encouraging the children to create unique Easter bonnets and decorate them with tissue paper and other embellishments.
Verbal Cue A: “Today we are going to create Easter bonnets!”
Verbal Cue B: “I have lots of different colors of tissue paper to use on your bonnet.”
To encourage spontaneity in material usage by allowing the children to choose colors and embellishments.
Verbal Cue A: “Which color tissue paper would you like to use on your bonnet?”
Verbal Cue B: “I like the way you are using your colors!”
To provide the opportunity for increased visual-motor coordination by using scissors to cut wavy lines.
Verbal Cue A: “Can you cut the bonnet shape out of the paper?”
Verbal Cue B: “I like how you are cutting the shape your scissors”
This tissue paper Easter bonnet is a fun, creative arts activity that children ages 3 and older will certainly enjoy. Have fun using a wide variety of colors and encourage sensory discoveries. For more daycare and preschool activities, see Online Preschool Lesson Plans.