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Paper Flower


By manipulating the pipe cleaner and pinching the muffin paper cups, the child is strengthening his pincer grasp and working on his hand dexterity.


Baking Cups, Pipe Cleaners


Bilateral Hand Use (?)The use of both hands simultaneously, in a controlled manner, to perform an activity (i.e. clapping hands, using your one hand to hold a pencil while the other is used to stabilize the paper). , Fine Motor Control, Finger Strength, Grasp, Hand Dexterity, and Pincer Grasp


Provide the child with one pipe cleaner and 5-6 paper baking cups. You can use colorful baking cups or white ones.

Instruct the child to pile up the baking cups. Pierce a small hole in the middle of the stacked paper cups, using the edge of the pipe cleaner. The child might need your assistance when completing this step. Insert the pipe cleaner through the hole, and bend the tip, to secure the pipe cleaner from coming out.

Have the child lift and pinch the top paper cup towards the middle. Then, repeat this step with the rest of the baking cups, until all paper cups are held up all together. To secure the baking cups from sliding down, instruct the child to hold the last paper cup at the bottom, right where the pipe cleaner inserts, and twist the pipe cleaner around a couple of time to create a stopper.

Once the flower is ready, the child can loop the remaining pipe cleaner on a pencil or a pen, as a pencil topper, or he can make additional flowers to make a bouquet.
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