This cute mummy paper plate craft is the perfect Halloween activity for toddlers and preschoolers.
It pairs Halloween fun with an activity to help work on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills with some lacing action.
All you’ll need are a few simple items and you’ll be ready to create some mummies with your kids at home or in the classroom.
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This craft is super simple. Some toddlers may need help lacing and you’ll have to punch the holes and tie the yarn for them.
Older preschool age kids may be able to punch the holes themselves and should be able to lace the yarn through independently.
- White Paper Plate
- Hole Punch
- White Yarn
- Markers or Googly eyes
- Tape of any kind
1 – Take a paper plate and punch holes around the edge of the plate. Mine are heart shaped but only because that happened to be the hole punch I had on hand.
2 – Cut a long piece of white yarn and wrap a small piece of tape around one end. Colored tape works even better!
The tape keeps the end of the yarn from unravelling as kids lace it through the paper plate and if you use colored tape it will make it easier to locate the end of the yarn.
The yarn will serve as the mummy’s wrappings.
3 – Tie one end of the yarn around one of the holes. You can start anywhere so it doesn’t matter which you choose.
4 – Before you start lacing, glue some googly eyes onto the plate.
We didn’t add a mouth to ours but you can draw a mouth if you wish or make one out of black construction paper.
If you don’t have googly eyes you can simply draw on the eyes, it just won’t have quite the same effect.
5 – Start lacing the yarn through one hole then across and out a hole on the other side. I then wrapped mine around the back and came through a hole on the other side.
Another option is to go up and through a nearby hole on the same side and then cross back over.
You want to often choose holes that are diagonal from each other instead of just straight across.
6 – Continue lacing until you run out of yarn or are happy with the way your mummy craft looks.
Then, tie off the other end of the yarn and cut off any extra.
If you run out of yarn but think your mummy needs more wrappings simply tie off the first piece and tie a new piece onto the yarn on the back side. Continue lacing until the mummy has as many wrappings as you would like.
7 – Optional: Attach a popsicle stick to the plate so kids can play with it. Instead of googly eyes you could even cut eye holes and kids will have their own mummy mask!
Fine Motor Skills
Lacing is a great way for kids to work on fine motor skills. Lacing requires them to work on hand-eye coordination, pincher grasp, and dexterity, which is a fancy word for skill performing tasks with your hands.
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