In this activity the child punches tiny holes along a line on a piece of paper, the shape is then punched out.
Pin punching is a good activity for children who need extra help developing their pincer grip. Children love to punch pin different shapes! Simply place a particular shape, such as a puzzle piece or geometric shape on top of a piece of paper and follow the outline while piercing small holes with our stylus. Depending on how close the holes are made, it creates a dotted line of the object or cuts the shape out. Place paper on top of our 1/4” thick felt pad to cushion perforations and to protect work surfaces.
Instead of a pin-punching stylus you could use:
- a pushpin, a bent paperclip, a bamboo skewer cut short, a paper awl, a beading awl, a dowel rod sharpened with a pencil sharpener
Pads to go under the paper could be made from various materials:
- thick felt, carpet pad remnant, corrugated cardboard, styrofoam, low pile carpet remnant, sheet of cork