That’s right, I said no crayons! This holiday coloring activity lets kids color in another way….fingerprints! It’s a great way to incorporate individual finger strength in a way the kids will love! Worry less about the mess….try this activity right before bathtime!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Holiday coloring book, washable ink pads
WHAT TO DO: Pick up a holiday coloring book and different colors of washable ink pads. Allow your kids to pick out their favorite pictures and let them “color in” their pictures using their thumbs one print at a time. Try using a different color ink on each finger!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-If finger isolation is difficult for your child, allow them to use several fingers at once to press into the spaces. This will move the activity on more quickly. If you need a more general/gross motor approach, allow them to use the side of their fist to make prints on the page.
-If you prefer, you can use washable finger paint instead of ink for easier clean up.
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Fine motor skills, finger isolation, motor control, prewriting skills, proprioception, sensory integration, visual motor and perceptual skills
Want to take a closer look at the skills kids are using in this activity? Check out our Clinical Closeup page, where we break down the skills listed below in terms everyone can understand.