Well, we had a BUSY week and weekend! Saturday was Ev’s first birthday party! It was a blast! Stop by tomorrow…I’m going to post all about it!
It’s Fine Motor Monday, and I have a few activities to share! In case you are a new reader, my daughter suffers from Juvenile Arthritis, which has caused her to have pain and swelling in her fingers which has resulted in some weakness in her right hand. We just finished up several weeks of occupational therapy and other than cutting and folding paper, she is at age level with her fine motor skills now…she just needs some daily activities to help build strength. Here is some of what we have been up to the last two weeks!
Beading with Small Beads
First we busted open E’s new beading set she got for Christmas from her Auntie and Uncle. E made herself a beautiful necklace while really having to use her fine motor strength to hold the beads and the string.
Beading with Large Beads
Next we opened up another Christmas Gift: Large beads. Esella really enjoyed lacing the string through the beads, and then using the beads like blocks to build towers!
Playing with Playdough
Playdough is popular around here lately and that is a good thing because it is GREAT for building strength in little hands.
Squeezing the dough through this one really helps build strength in her hands…
Cutting the dough with scissors is one of the activities her OT recommended to help with building strength too…
…as well as pushing cookie cutters and other objects into the dough…
Building Foam Snowmen
I hit up the Target After-Christmas-Sale and picked up this foam snowman set for less than a dollar! It comes with enough loot to build 20 snowmen.
My daughter LOVED this soo much that we actually built snowmen on several different days at her request. These are GREAT for fine motor as she first has to feel the sticker paper off the back, which requires skill, especially for the eyes/buttons which are small. Then she uses her fine motor skills to place all the items on the snowman.
What kid doesn’t love popping bubble wrap! I read this idea on an occupational therapists blog. Popping the bubbles can be great for fine motor, and with Christmas just behind us, we happened to have some left over from some presents.
We have some other activities planned for the next couple weeks, but I want to know…what fine motor activities do YOU have planned this week?