Fine Motor with Perler Beads
At the beginning of the year I bought several large tubs of perler beads. These are the beads that you can melt with an iron and they will stick together. At the time I bought them I planned to let the class use them as they are intended with the pre-made shapes and designs but I struggled with this as there is limited creativity in telling the kids what shape to create. So the beads sat unused most of the year. A few weeks ago I decided to revisit the beads because I knew they had value for fine motor. I also learned that the kids loved sticking their hands in the bucket so there is a sensory aspect too.
Two projects I have come up with so far. Yes, for both of these we used hot glue guns, more on why I decided to use hot glue guns in my room HERE
Using beads to outline pictures or highlight details. It seems I am constantly asking the kids to add more details and this is a fun way to think about those details as an artist. The beads also added texture and color to the artwork making it a win-win!
(glue gun was not working this day so white glue was used)
Making a pattern with the beads. First the kids were asked to draw a line of some type on the paper. Then they had to decide what pattern to make and what colors to use for the pattern. Tons of fine motor practice!
Would love to hear other ideas you might have for the beads!