Room On The Broom Inspired Fine Motor Craft
We picked up Room On The Broom at the bookstore on a whim around Halloween a few years ago. It quickly became one of our favorites to pull out each fall. Today I’m sharing a very simple fine motor craft for young learns that is inspired by Room On The Broom. Read on to learn more about the book, and the fun project that accompanies it.
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READING ROOM ON THE BROOM
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Room On The Broom is a lively tale about a witch who meets a cast of characters while out on her broom. As the poor witch keeps dropping things mid-flight, helpful animals return her belongings in exchange for a spot on the broom. Eventually, the broom is too full and breaks. The witch and her friends face a fierce dragon when they land, and must work together to escape him. The story is told in rhyming verses, which keep kids listening and engaged. Rhythmic stories like this can also help children to guess what word may end a verse, based on rhyme pattern. The illustrations are bright, and the characters’ faces are filled with personality and wide, expressive eyes.
ROOM ON THe bROOM FINE MOTOR
- Brown pipe cleaners.
- I used 2 pipe cleaners to create 1 broom.
- Assorted beads.
- Pony beads or similar size work well.
- Center hole should be large enough to thread onto doubled pipe cleaner.
- Shears- to snip pipe cleaners.
- Small rubber band.
- 1 band for each broom.
How To Assemble A Broom:
For young children, I advise assembling the brooms ahead of time. Older children may enjoy helping to assemble their brooms, but adults should always snip the pipe cleaners for safety.
- Take 1 brown pipe cleaner and fold it in half.
- Take a second brown pipe cleaner and fold it into quarters.
- Use shears to snip the ends open at one side of quartered pipe cleaner.
- Hold quartered pipe cleaner at the bottom of the halved piped cleaner.
- Free, ‘snipped’ ends of both pipe cleaners should be together at the bottom.
- Use the rubber band to attach the quartered pipe cleaner (essentially, whisks of the broom) to the bottom of the halved pipe cleaner (essentially, the handle of the broom).
- Wrap the rubber band around the bundle of pipe cleaners many times. The broom should be secure and snug when assembled.
Is There Room On The Broom?
Set out a bowl of beads and encourage children to thread the beads onto the ‘broom handle’. Explain to them that the beads represent the witch and the animal passengers on her broom. How many beads can they fit onto their broom? If there are assorted bead sizes, does that number change depending on which beads they choose? You might encourage children to create patterns of beads on their broom. The fine motor and hand-eye coordination needed for threading the beads is excellent practice for pre-writers. Counting and patterning ads some math skills to the learning activity as well.
Have you done any fine motor play with your little ones? Which activities were their favorites? Let me know in the comments below!