Fine Motor Pet Feeding

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Animals are great fun for kids and can make it motivating to work on skills. I don’t have any real animals to work with, so I made some pet store animals for the kids to feed, use clothespins, and practice some writing. The activity is simple and cute. First you roll the dice to determine which animal you will be feeding (each animal is assigned a number on the board). Then it is time to feed your animal.

You can roll the dice to see how much food you need to feed your chosen animal. There are strips to clip the food onto, and you can use the strips that show the animal and the food, or the strips with just the food on them so that the student has to figure out which animal goes with which food. You could also clip the food directly onto the game board with the animals.

Along with feeding the animals, there are some pages for the student to write out the animals and the food that each animal likes to eat. Some kids can write the animal names by themselves, and others need to have the words to copy.

I love the fine motor challenge involved any time you have to clip two pieces together using clothespins. You could attach the food to the cards with paper clips as well, which is a completely different fine motor task.

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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.

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