Some of my favorite kid activities come from my boy’s imagination. As I walked into the house, my six-year-old proudly held up the pumpkin he had been working on. Look, Mom, a pumpkin tape mummy! Brilliant, I said. This must become a Breakfast Invitation for families to try before Halloween.
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Pumpkin tape mummies = fine motor practice
So, what is so great about pumpkin tape mummies besides being a super cute preschool idea? Tearing, gripping, and manipulating painter’s tape is also a great way to strengthen small hands to improve future pencil grip.
Fine motor activities allow children to move their wrists, hands, and fingers to help build small muscles. Since many preschoolers can access tablets and only use one finger at a time, this small muscle activity is essential.
The more ripping and tearing, the stronger the fingers!
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Why Breakfast Invitations (morning activities) work
Morning activities begin the day with the intention of play. It also starts the morning with a connection with everyone working parallel in the same space. (the kitchen) These easy activities for kids create a calmer morning for everyone.
The best part? You don’t need to think of a single idea. I have over 100 ideas in the Breakfast Invitation tab in the header. Find everything you need to learn in the Breakfast Invitation FAQ.
KEEP IN MIND: You do not need to hover as your child works on their painter’s tape mummy. Let them take the lead. Often, they come up with a creative spin we didn’t initially think about.
Just like all easy preschool activities, we will keep supplies simple and limited to items you already own in your home. Grab a small or medium pumpkin, and you are good to get started.
An optional alternative for this activity is masking tape since it is white, similar to mummy wrapping.
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Painter’s tape is a top supply we like to use for all toddler, preschool, and big kid activities.
Masking tape is an excellent alternative for this activity and can be used for other Days with Grey activities.
How to set up:
How to set up:
- Gather a small or medium pumpkin.
- Draw a simple face on the pumpkin with a permanent marker.
- Tear off a few pieces of tape and place them on the table.
- Add a few pieces of tape onto the pumpkin to “start your child off.”
The following day, invite your child to create a pumpkin tape mummy as you prep breakfast and drink your coffee (hot, of course).
Set your pumpkin out for display.
Now you have a clever pumpkin tape mummy to add to your front porch. Are you ready? Grab the tape and make this today!
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Pumpkin Tape FAQ
I love using painter’s tape to create simple activities for kids. It is one of the most versatile items you can keep in your junk drawer, art supplies bin, diaper bag, or even throw in your suitcase for easy ideas! An alternative for this activity is masking tape.
Creative learning ideas for preschoolers involve movement, the senses, and play. Preschoolers enjoy exploring their environments and repeating play patterns. Hands-on preschool activities include sensory play, letter/sound recognition, counting, art, outdoor exploring, simple science experiments, and more! I have everything organized in this list of 101 preschool learning activities.
Fine motor skills activities use movement to develop the small hand muscles in children. It’s essential to use activities for fine motor skills in early learners to prepare their hands for fiddly things. For example, writing, zipping, shoe tying, and more.