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A fun fine motor project to try

Welcome to the unicorn hair salon! Is your little one obsessed with all things unicorn like mine? This might just be the activity for you!


  • Cardboard
  • Sharp scissors or craft knife
  • Beads
  • Chenille sticks
  • Black marker
  • corkscrew

What to do:

  • Draw the outline of a unicorn with a black marker, then cut it out the cardboard with a sharp knife / scissors
  • Skewer holes where the base of the mane starts – I used a corkscrew for this part which worked surprisingly well!
  • Thread the end of chenille sticks through the hole and tie in a knot.

I then set this up as a morning invitation for Z (3.5 years at the time) who sat happily threading on the beads whilst her little bro ate his breakfast. Afterwards, she decided to colour in the unicorn bright pink – it now hangs proudly in her bedroom with all of her other crafty projects.

Why you should try this activity at home:

  • The fun factor! There is much to be said about tapping in to interests. If your little one isn’t a fan of unicorns, try a different animal. Maybe you could brain a lions mane or create a shaggy dog!
  • It develops fine motor skills: children need to use the pincer grip to grasp hold of the beads
  • Hand-eye coordination: focus is needed to thread the beads on to the chenille sticks
  • Creative expression: choosing the colours

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Did you know that we’re now on Pinterest? I made this handy graphic so you can post this idea to your learning board. You can also follow me here, if you fancy it!

Sian Thomas

Sian Thomas

Sian is the founder of Teach Investigate Play. She helps parents navigate the early years by providing meaningful and simple activities. She also owns 'Get Set Social Media' - a social media consultancy for small businesses. From the UK, now living in Vienna (via Australia). About page has more!

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