When I spotted coloured Velcro cable ties in a discount store I knew they would be great for an independent play activity. As part of our 30 Day Simple Play At Home challenge, Tuesday is Garage Play day. We had the perfect excuse to find different ways to play with Velcro cable ties.
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Adam spent ages investigating the velcro strips and discovering that he could stick them together and pull them apart. I was suprised that Adam didn’t mind the noise – this was the boy that used to be scared of masking tape!
We then used the Velcro cable ties for colour recognition and sorting. Adam had great fun telling me the name of each colour and sorting the Velcro into eight groups. Adam counted the strips in each colour group to see if there were the same number in each group.
I demonstrated to Adam how he could use the Velcro strips to create different shapes. We worked together to form a square, triangle and rectangle.
With it being Christmas soon, we couldn’t resist using the Velcro strips to create a Velcro chain. Adam chose the colours and we attempted a repeating pattern. It was a great activity for developing fine motor skills. It was quite a tricky job to thread the strips through each other and secure them in place.
Adam then suddenly turned his attention to only the green Velcro strips. He desperately tried to link them independently. I added a red Velcro strip to the end to see if Adam could recognise who it was. “The Hungry Caterpillar” was Adam’s response.
Adam discovered several ways to play with Velcro strips. Can you think of any more? Write your ideas in the comments below.
* Coloured velcro cable ties – these ones from Amazon are similar.
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