Kids Fine Motor Activity
If you have young kids, you may be like us and have about a million food pouch caps. As I was throwing away yet another applesauce cap the other day, I realized that the caps look a bit like flower leaves and stems. So, I present to you the “pouch cap garden.”
How I Made This Pouch Cap Garden:
Creating The Garden
I started this project with an amazon box. I didn’t like the black tape on the top of the box so I cut a piece of cardboard off of a different box and hot glued it to the top of the amazon box to create a flat, brown surface for the garden.
Next, I created the flowers. To do this, I started by tracing the circular part of the applesauce top to create the center of the flower.
Then, I drew flower petals around the circle and cut out the flower.
Once the flower was cut out, I used a box cutter (I couldn’t find my exacto knife at the time. My crafting closet is currently a huge mess) to cut slits into the center of the flower as shown below.
Next, I folded the center cutouts of the flower backwards.
To complete the flower, I placed the flower onto the applesauce pouch cap.
Once the flowers were created, I then hot glued them to the top of the amazon box.
Creating The Bugs
After the flower garden was created, I made bugs out of food pouch caps and pipe cleaners.
I cut two pieces of pipe cleaners for the legs and slid the pipe cleaners through the pouch cap.
Next, I cut two shorter pieces of pipe cleaners and hot glued them to the pouch caps to create the antennas.
Finally, I used a sharpie marker to draw faces onto the bugs.
Playing With The Garden
My boys really enjoyed playing with the little bugs. After playing with them in the garden, I hid them all around the house and had my son find them. My son loved it so much that we did it over and over again.
To add a fine motor skill aspect to this activity, I had my boys place pom poms on and off of the applesauce tops to create the centers of the flowers.
What You Will Need:
Applesauce pouch caps, food pouch caps, cardboard box, exacto knife, cardstock paper, hot glue gun, pipe cleaners, sharpie marker
- Trace the circular part of the applesauce top on cardstock paper to create the center of the flower
- Draw flower petals around the circle and cut out the flower
- Use an exacto knife to cut slits into the center of the flower as shown above
- Fold the center cutouts of the flower backwards
- Place the flower onto the applesauce pouch cap
- Hot glue the flowers to the top of the amazon box
- To create the bugs, cut two pieces of pipe cleaners for the legs and slide the pipe cleaners through the pouch cap
- Cut two shorter pieces of pipe cleaners and hot glue them to the pouch caps to create the antennas
- Use a sharpie marker to draw the bugs’ faces
- Have your child place the pom poms on and off the applesauce pouch caps to create the center of the flowers
Such an adorable craft! I love that you figured out a way to encourage fine motor skills while using materials that would’ve otherwise just ended up in a landfill!
These are ADORABLE! My kids LOVE doing artsy things and these will be great ideas for them to do this summer! Keep giving us cool ideas please!!! LOL!
This is such an awesome craft idea!!!
Great use for the caps! Pretty ingenious actually.
Thank you so much!
How cute! My toddler would love to do this with me! We just planted a bunch of real flowers and she got a kick out it. She would love this!
Planting real flowers sounds like so much fun too!
So creative! Love this idea. Also love that it’s reusing something that would otherwise be considered junk.
Thank you! This activity was way more fun than throwing the caps out!
what a great way to use the caps. I’ve also been really looking into fun activities to teach my kids about gardening as we start our own.
Gardening is such a great activity for kids!
Fun and Easy craft to to create with the little one. Thanks for sharing. they are really cute
Very easy! Thank you!
Those look really cute. Again, thank you for this nice tutorial. I can add this to my kids’ activities.
Thanks so much!
I love that you found a creative way to reuse! This is adorable.
Thank you! We had a lot of fun playing with them!
This is so clever and cute. What a great way to reuse these products too!
so totally love this fun art project
Thank you! It was fun to make!