Tuesday, January 3, 2012

DIY Fine Motor Activities!

Forget about the expensive toys! 
Make your own fine motor activities at home!

Get a muffin tray, some tweezers or kitchen tongs and small objects that you have scattered around the house.  He can work on placing them in the cups or even sort them by color!


Straws make him successful with stringing a bead!  Once he has mastered that, move on to string!

Cut a hole in the top of a container for buttons, coins, popsicle sticks, etc. 
The neighbor kids had fun decorating these sticks!

A parmesan cheese container is great for working out those first three fingers needed to hold a pencil!  Straws, pipe cleaners and even little puff balls are fun to stick through the holes!  Paint around the holes in different colors to make it a sorting activity.

The squeezable mayonnaise containers are great for working on a pincer grasp.  Small buttons or pennies can be placed through the slot.  Also, have your child pick up three pennies, one after another, using only one hand, and then place them into the slot one at a time.

The possibilities are endless!  Take a look around your house to make other variations of finger fun!
Michelle Yoder, OTR/L

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