This adorable cotton pad chick craft provides little hands with lots of fine-motor development, and it’s a lesson in water absorption too!
As you likely know, we love using items that we already have around the house for our crafts and learning activities. I always have a sleeve of cotton make up pads in my craft cupboard. The pads make great erasers when we’re drawing on mirrors or on our reusable drawing sheets, and they’re super for water absorption activities too.
Making our Cotton Pad Chick Craft:
Recently, we were experimenting with liquid water colours and these cotton pads. The hooligans were dripping coloured water onto the pads in an open-ended absorption experiment. It was a great fine motor activity. Using a dropper requires co-ordination, and really works those little finger muscles. The kids were fascinated to see how quickly their colours spread as they were absorbed by the cotton pads.
We wound up with a whole bunch of gorgeous coloured pads, which we dried on a baking rack.
We’ll be using them in lots of creative ways, I’m sure, but what with Easter and spring approaching, I thought we’d start by turning a few of them into Easter chicks that the hooligans can use when making Easter cards for their parents.
We simply took the dried cotton pads, and glued googly eyes and feathers on them, and then glued them to a folded piece of card stock.
Aren’t they adorable?
Happy Easter, everyone!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.