Paper Plate Sewing

This was an easy activity to set up and a great way to reinforce number or letter recognition. It can also double as a fine motor activity for young children. This was easy to set up too. I hope everyone knows that all of our activities aren’t always time consuming when it comes to prepping. I try to use materials that I have on hand and since I prepare things the night before, I don’t want to be spending all night preparing the activities. 

The weather has been getting cold here! We still go outside most days. I think it’s important for children to get outdoor time everyday. And the cold weather actually helps children to sleep better so that is always a win! But I also find myself planning more indoor activities for the children and this was one of them. 

I made two versions of these paper plates for my 4 year old and 3 year old. For my 4 year old, I wrote the letters of the alphabet out of order on the edge of the plate. Then I had her start at letter A and string the yarn in alphabetical order. For my 3 year old, I simply punched holes and wrote her name on the paper plate. I was focusing on fine motor skills so her task was to get the needle through the holes in any order.

Here’s how to make your own:

Supplies: paper plate, hole punch, yarn, knitting sewing needle or simply put tape onto the end of the yarn to mimic a needle

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Step 1: Punch holes all around the paper plate with about 1 inch in between each hole.

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Step 2: Write a letter or number under each hole.

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Step 3: Tie a piece to the first hole such as letter A or number 1.

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Step 4: Thread the other end of the yarn through the needle or place tape onto the end to mimic a needle.

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Step 5: Have your child sew the yarn through the holes.

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You can easily change this activity into whatever theme your child is working on. Shapes, colors, letters, numbers or anything else!

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