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Muddy Faces

Pinecone threading

A super simple activity for tiny fingers using pinecones and wool.

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A great activity to support the development of fine motor skills.

Use different colours of wool for different celebrations.

* Muddy Faces actively promotes child-led outdoor play & learning. We recognise and believe in the curiosity that children have and their drive to explore and discover. We hope that you will bear this in mind when considering more prescribed activities like this one - often much more creative ideas will occur if resources are simply provided and children are given the time and space to explore independently.

What you'll need

  • pinecones
  • selection of wool
  • scissors

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • source of pinecones

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • using scissors
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Step #1 Set up the activity

Get a basket/box of pinecones and wool ready.

Pre-cut the wool for ease or include the wool cutting as part of the activity.

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Step #2 decorate your pine cone

Wrap the wool around the pinecone!

Perhaps you could go in and out of the prongs/layers, like a tiny Christmas tree?

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Step #3 Ta dah!

We told you it was simple!

Take it further

  • Stick your decorated pinecones to a wooden disc to make a table decoration
  • String them up as festive bunting

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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