It has been my experience that preschoolers think any craft or activity is fun the first couple times they do it, and then are rather unimpressed with any kind of repetition of it. Been there – done that, right? However, present a familiar activity with a new little gadget and you’re super mom all over again. Enter the hole punch.
Who knew it could be so much fun in so many different ways? We discovered a few different things to do with them this past week, helping build writing skills and fine motor skills. Added bonus- it’s very simple, but my girls loved it! Catch me after the jump for all the details.
Hole Punch Artwork
- hole punch
- construction paper
- a little container (to put the holes in)
We began this activity by cutting the construction paper in half (the hole punch is only so long.) We still ended up folding the paper a little to get holes everywhere. We then took the hole punch and randomly punched holes. My 3 1/2 year old had a hard time using the hole punch so I ended up doing it for her, but my 6 year old had a lot of fun punching her own holes.
I then placed the paper with the holes over the top of another paper so that as she was drawing lines she wouldn’t get crayon/marker on the table. She thought it was so cool that there were dots all over the bottom sheet when she was done. My intent was to have her do a dot to dot to create a picture but she loved just connecting the dots and doing straight lines. Perfect for practicing writing!
After she connected all the dots, we put all the dots in a little bowl and she glued the dots onto the sheet of paper that we had already used as the under sheet. It was fun to watch her patience in putting the dots on and she loved using the glue.
Older kids could create a mosaic picture with the dots.
This would be a great activity for any age, and really you could get all sorts of creative with different ways to use the hole punch. I hope you have fun with it!