Weaving is one of my favorite fine motor activities for kids. It's a great way to target visual motor integration, coordination, and grasping skills and the repetitive movement can be so calming and engaging for kids (and adults!). I was playing with my boys in our backyard one day earlier this summer and came up with this easy outdoor weaving loom for them. They used it to create a woven screen that blocked off their “secret hideout” under a large bush! WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Yarn, two fence posts or tree trunks to act as the frame for your loom, long scraps of fabric or ribbon WHAT TO ... Read More about FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES: SIMPLE OUTDOOR WEAVING LOOM
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Just in time for Halloween, we’ve teamed up to create 3 fun Halloween activities for kids that will challenge fine and gross motor skills while keeping little ones occupied for hours! Fine Motor Challenge What you'll need -chairs -yarn -fake spiders or other Halloween trinkets What to do Position two chairs a few feet apart with backs facing each other. Tie the end of a ball of yarn to one of the rungs of the chair and start weaving and wrapping the rest of the yarn back and forth between the chairs at all different levels to create your web. Put out a container of plastic ... Read More about Halloween Activities for Kids: 3 Fun Ways to Spin a Web
Fine motor and gross motor classroom center activities are a great way for teachers and therapists to pack some extra punch when it comes to developmental skills! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. What Are Classroom Centers? In most preschool, primary, and elementary classrooms, at some point during the day, you’ll find some version of “center time”. Centers are stations that are set up in different areas around the classroom, each with an activity to target a different academic or other skill (e.g. literacy, handwriting, math). Students are divided into small groups to ... Read More about 100 Classroom Centers Ideas for Building Motor Skills
Fine motor activities for preschoolers are so much fun because kids have slightly longer attention spans and can be more independent than our younger toddler friends. This post contains affiliate links. Read more. The preschool years are jam-packed with fine motor skill development as kids refine their grasping skills, develop more precise coordination, and get ready for “big kid” activities like handwriting. I love to bring fun fine motor activities like the ones below into the preschool classrooms where I work, introducing them during my OT sessions. Once the kids have ... Read More about Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers
Lauren and I are feeling the love this Valentine’s Day! We are full of fun Valentine crafts for kids and ideas that target fine motor and other skills. Did you see Lauren’s Squeezable Sensory Valentines? So cute, right? This post contains affiliate links. Read more. Today, we have another cute - and super simple - Valentine’s Day idea to share! You’ll be able to grab the materials for this fine motor craft in no time flat and it’s a perfect classroom or therapy activity when you’re short on planning time. Or, try this activity at home and let your kiddos deliver them to the ones ... Read More about Valentine Crafts for Kids: Shot Through the Heart!
There are some amazing finds in the Target Dollar Spot aisle -- you can get lost in those little bins in the front of the store - it's like a time warp! There is also a ton of potential kids activities just waiting to be discovered in those bins. Since we are all searching for great ideas to entertain kids during the upcoming Halloween season, we thought it would be fun to show you what pediatric therapists can create from those tchotchkes in the Target Dollar section! During a recent trip to Target, I walked out with a huge bag and a head full of fabulous treatment ideas for the ... Read More about Target Dollar Spot Fine Motor Finds for Halloween!
These easy paper crafts for kids have become some of our most popular activities here at The Inspired Treehouse! Your kids will love the process of creating these punchy Christmas trees, and you'll love how easy the setup and cleanup is! WHAT YOU’LL NEED: -Canvas board or heavy cardstock -ModPodge or other clear drying glue -White paint (or just ModPodge if you like your background color) -Glitter -A circle hole punch -Scrapbook paper or paint sample chips WHAT TO DO: Pour some white paint and a hefty amount of glitter onto your canvas board. Have the kids paint it until the ... Read More about CHRISTMAS PAPER CRAFTS FOR KIDS: PUNCHY CHRISTMAS TREE
Searching for a super easy bilateral coordination activity that also targets grasping skills, dexterity, and visual motor integration? Look no further! This is the one for you! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. Early in my school-based OT career, I learned a very important lesson: always make friends with the kindergarten teachers. First of all, they’re awesome (you have to be awesome if you can maintain your sanity in a room with twenty five 5-year-olds all day). Second of all, they’re always giving away fabulous (and usually really strange and random) supplies to ... Read More about EASY BILATERAL COORDINATION ACTIVITY FOR KIDS