Here parents, educators, and therapists come together to share ideas to help children of all abilities function at their utmost potential. Useful information and tips regarding the challenges that children can face, as well as fun, educational crafts and games for children to do are covered here. Some of the topics addressed are sensory, fine motor, school readiness, autism, strengthening and crafts.
Ok, so we are still working towards getting kids ready for kindergarten. We talked about pencil grip and gave a strategy to achieve a more mature grasp. But to effectively use a pencil to form letters and shapes, we first need to have stabilization at the shoulder, finger strength and be able to use our fingers for manipulation. Here is a spring art activity that will work on your child's finger skills. Cut tissue paper into small squares. Have your child crumple the pieces into little balls. Have him/her use only one hand, if able, if not have him/her use only the finger tips of both hands. Allow your child to open the glue and squeeze it onto a flower picture (some children will need adult assistance to move the glue around the paper so as not to have one big clump of glue). Have your child pick up one "ball" of tissue paper at a time and place it onto a glue dot.