This is one of our favorite fine motor games for kids! A little messy, a little sticky, and a lot of fun!
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A spider’s favorite meal? Insects of course! Today, kids will get to prepare a meal fit for a spider with some super fun sensory play along the way!
We love fine motor games for kids that incorporate lots of developmental skills all at once – sensory processing, fine motor coordination, etc. Let’s get started with this fun fine motor skills game for kids!
What You’ll Need:
-Double sided tape or contact paper (any kind that will adhere on both sides)
-Shaving cream or gak
-Tub of water
What to do:
First, create your spider web on a wall. Use colored painters tape initially so that your children can clearly see the web.
Next, follow over your painters tape with double sided tape so that your insects will stick to the web. Now it’s time to set up your play assembly line! Here’s how it will go: The children will first plunge their hands into a big pile of shaving cream or gak that has toy insects hidden deep inside.
Once they pull out an insect, they will dunk it into the tub of water to rinse off the gak. Then, insects will head to the towel to get dried off!
Finally, they will fly over and get stuck on the spider’s web. Poor insects! Make sure to encourage your children to push hard on that web using their big muscles so the insects can’t get away! The spider will have quite a meal by the time this game is done!
How to Change it Up:
-Once the game is over, keep going with some pretend play! Have your child put a black sock on his hand (the spider!) and let that spider pull the insects off the web one by one for a delicious snack! A great way to work on grasp and pincer skills!
-This activity would work with any type of sensory medium you have at home: rice or pasta bin, play doh, bowl of cool whip, etc.
-If your child struggles with this activity in a standing position, set up the web on a table where he can play in a seated position instead.
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Bilateral coordination, fine motor skills, grasp, gross motor skills, proprioception, visual motor skills, hand strength, coordination
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