clothesline activity

Fine motor and water play come together in this fun clothesline activity:

Now that we’re enjoying warmer temperatures, we’re getting back into some of our favourite outdoor activities!  Yay!!  This morning, I set up this clothesline activity in our back yard.  The kids loved it!  It’s such a great way to combine fine motor play and water play, and your little ones will get to practice some life skills too!

clothesline activity - bowl, pegs and cloths

The hooligans often play with my basket of wooden clothespins.  They’re excellent for developing fine motor skills, hand muscles and co-ordination.  For today’s activity though, I brought out our camping clothespins.  They’re bright and fun and colourful, and they’re slightly easier to squeeze open than the wooden ones.


What you’ll need for your clothesline activity:

materials needed for clothesline fine motor activity

  • rope
  • clothespins
  • basin of water
  • stack of facecloths

String your rope up between to trees, posts or deck rails, and you’re good to go.

The hooligans had a great time washing their cloths, squeezing the water out and hanging them up to dry. clothesline activity - washing faceclothswringing out faceclothspinning up the facecloths

The baby had fun simply splashing in the water.IMG_7569

And someone even decided to wash her socks!  This makes me think it would be fun to bring the doll’s clothes out, and let the hooligans “launder” those.  Maybe tomorrow. :) IMG_7571

More outdoor activities for kids to check out:

Muddy Car Wash

Fairy Mud

Dino Dig

Deep Blue Sea Bin

Coffee Shop Water Play

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