Lately I’ve been looking around for new activities to try with my kids at school to work on developing their fine motor skills.
So many of the kids I see for occupational therapy struggle with fine motor coordination, grasping skills, and in hand manipulation skills, so I have to be quick on the draw with fun, creative fine motor ideas that will get (and keep) their attention long enough to really hone in on these skills.
Fall is in the air here in Ohio, so I created this cute pumpkin patch fine motor activity to try with my preschoolers this week! This activity is great for grasping and in hand manipulation skills and requires smooth, fluent movements to pick and plant the “pumpkins” all over the pumpkin patch!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
-Orange manipulatives (buttons, flat-sided marbles like the ones used in flower vases, etc.)
-Small container for your manipulatives
WHAT TO DO:
Print the Pick a Pumpkin printable and place the orange-colored manipulatives in the container.
Start by having the child pick up a few of the manipulatives and hold them in his hand. See if he can bring one “pumpkin” from his palm to the tips of his Super Fingers and place it on one of the circles, “planting a pumpkin”. Continue with the rest of the “pumpkins”.
Now that the pumpkin patch is planted, it’s time for harvesting! :) Can the child pick up one pumpkin at a time with his Super Fingers, store it in his palm, and pick up another pumpkin? How many can he pick up in a row?
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-If the child is having difficulty with picking up the manipulatives from the table or container, try handing them to him one at a time instead.
-Use larger manipulatives for younger children or kids who are having difficulty coordinating the movements.
-If manipulating multiple “pumpkins” is too hard, start with placing just one of the manipulatives in the child’s palm and having him bring it to his fingertips to place in the pumpkin patch.
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Grasp, coordination, visual motor integration, fine motor skills