This week in the OT room – Collage Art With Tape! Check out this fun way for kids to work on hand strength and grasping skills while also learning how to write their names!
I was working with a few groups of preschoolers and kindergarteners on learning how to write their names. These kids also happened to be struggling with establishing an effective grasp on a pencil and with hand strength.
So I thought, why not combine all of these skills into one fun activity? I had some different colored masking tape lying around in the therapy room and we put it to good use making colorful name collages for each of the kids!
I tore up lots of small pieces of tape and placed them all over the table in the middle of the group. I stuck some of them down to the table completely so the kids really had to work to peel them off. For other kids who were struggling a little bit more with grasping skills and strength, I left the end of the pieces of tape peeled up from the table so they had something to grab onto.
We wrote their names with a white crayon on black paper and then they traced the lines of the letters by peeling up the small pieces of tape from the table and sticking them on! So easy – and lots of fine motor and visual motor benefits!
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