It’s summer, and you’re looking for kids’ activities that will keep your little learner busy. Help your child to learn about the season, build fine motor skills, explore through her senses, get artsy and much, much more with this clay finger paint letter craft.
Summer Alphabet Clay Art
Make early literacy learning into a fun, exciting time with an art activity. How? By finger painting!
This activity takes the mess down a notch. Or, maybe a few. Instead of real finger paints, your child is using modeling clay. It still works those fine motor skills, but it doesn’t require as much prep or clean-up.
- modeling clay
- card stock paper
Learning and Development
What will your child lean and how can she develop throughthis activity?
- Fine motor skills – eye-hand coordination, muscle strength, control
- Science — seasons and the summer
- Vocabulary – summer words
- Writing letters
- Exploring through the senses – sight and touch
Write the word on a piece of card stock paper. If your child can spell and write on her own, she can do this part. If not, you can write the letters for her. Point to each letter and ask her to repeat it. As
she repeats the letters she can trace over them.
Smooth the clay over the marker lines. Your child will make a finger painting motion. She can use the same color or a few different hues.
Try using the primaries (red, yellow and blue) and mixing them to make new color.
Art Activity Extensions
Your child doesn’t have to stop at one word. She can create an entire summer vocabulary in clay. This can include sentences that she puts together using multiple word art pieces.
Along with the summer art, try this activity in the other seasons. Brainstorm fall, winter and spring words to paint with clay