Fine Motor Skills With Torn Paper Pumpkins

Here is a great activity that is worth doing every year. I love having kids tear paper because it really makes them work hard with their fingers and work on those fine motor skills. I have had kids cut out pumpkins and create a jack-o-lantern face on them. Today we are going to tear colored paper and glue the pieces onto a pumpkin to make a pretty torn paper pumpkin.  Last week I had kids use tissue paper instead of {Read More}

Creature / Monster Drawing and Writing

Lately I have been wanting to do my sentence memory copying activity with the kids that I am working with, and decided to modify it a bit to add monsters / creatures. I have used the monster drawing type of activity that I did in the Roll a Creature game, and added sentences to remember and copy. For the older kids, there is a word bank so that they can find words that they would like to use in writing {Read More}

Fun Fine Motor Spider Webs

I love the look of spider webs, and they are such a beautiful work of art. Here are some spider webs made out of pipe cleaner and popsicle sticks. You place the popsicle sticks (or other pipe cleaners) in cross patterns and duct tape them together. Then you wind the pipe cleaner around in a pattern to make the spider web. It is quite a visual motor challenge to get the pipe cleaner wrapped around correctly, but the great thing {Read More}

Spider Craft for Cutting, Folding, gluing, and Writing

Halloween is coming up soon, so I am having the kids make spiders this week.  The spider bodies require cutting out circles, and the legs require cutting rectangles.  You also have to fold the legs on the marked lines, which is a great activity for visual perception and motor planning. I put a light web on the base paper to have the kids trace over it and make their own spider web.  It would be great to follow the web {Read More}

Craft Jack-O-Lantern using pins and face parts for fine motor skills

I was in a speech therapist’s room this week and she had a foam craft pumpkin with foam jack-o-lantern face parts stuck on using velcro.  This was cute, and I was just going to show pictures of her pumpkin, and then I found some foam face parts at Michaels.  I pinned those parts on, but wasn’t thrilled with them all, so I made some of my own and then laminated them. I made them from my magnetic Mr. Potato Head {Read More}