Tying our shoelaces is a skill that many of us take for granted, but for preschoolers, mastering this everyday skill can be very frustrating and tedious! This Valentine's Day, give your little one a fun new way to practice tying knots and bows by making a charming and delicious chocolate kiss chain. Her little fingers will tie away as she creates this sweet and clever gift, and all that tying will help develop her fine motor skills and improve her dexterity, too!
What You Need:
- Plastic wrap
- Yarn or curling ribbon, cut into eleven 12-inch pieces
- 10 chocolate candy kisses
What You Do:
- Cut a two-foot length of plastic wrap and lay it flat on your work surface.
- Have your child arrange the candy kisses on the plastic wrap in a single column down the length of the sheet. Start in the upper left corner, about 2 inches from the top and 2 inches from the side. Leave approximately 1½ inches of space between each candy.
- Help your child fold the edge of the plastic wrap over the column of candies and continue rolling so the candies are securely covered with 2-3 layers of plastic wrap.
- Carefully cut away any excess plastic wrap from the side of the roll, taking care not to disturb the positions of the candy.
- Using a length of yarn or ribbon, show your child how to gently tie a knot or bow around the roll between the kisses to separate the kisses and form a chain. Once she understands the process, have your child complete the chain, making sure to place a bow between each kiss and at the beginning and end of the chain.
- Trim away any excess plastic wrap from the ends of the chain.
Give away your chocolate kiss chain to someone special as a tasty Valentine's Day treat!