What you'll need

  • Cardboard
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Wool or shoe lace
  • Hole puncher 

What is the learning in this activity?

Ages: Age 3-5

Purpose: Creative fun activity supports fine motor development and eye hand coordination. Talking about the characters your child creates provides an opportunity to reflect on the feelings and experiences of others - which supports social and emotional development.

Let's play

  1. Draw a person, animal or shape onto the cardboard.

  2. Using scissors cut the person, animal or shape out.

  3. Use the hole puncher to create holes around the shape.

  4. Using the wool or shoe lace thread through the holes.

Threading activity step by step

Let's talk 

Qs - What animal will you draw ? Does your person have a name? How is your animal or person feeling today? Tell me more..?

Extension - Coloured shapes could be cut out and holes punched into them and these could be sewn onto the person, animal or shape. A face could be drawn onto the person to reflect the feelings you and your child have discussed.

We'd love to see your creations and home based play! Share with us on Facebook at @yrfamilies #YarraRangesPlay
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