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Balancing Bugs on a Leaf for Fine Motor

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Here is a cute little activity that combines in hand manipulation with fine motor control to place objects in just the right place. I made some leaves, printed them on cardstock, and laminated them to give them more strength. Then I balanced the leaf on a little cube. It is like the leaf is floating in the water.

balance bugs on leaves for fine motor skills

Then the students have to pick up small bugs, or squinkies and place them on the leaf one at a time, trying to place them so that the leaf doesn’t tip over. I made it harder by holding all of the little pieces in the hand at one time, and having to move them one by one to the fingers to place them on the leaf.

balance bugs on leaves for fine motor skills

balance bugs on leaves for fine motor skills

You can print out one leaf per page, or two leaves per page.

balance bugs on leaves for fine motor skills

balance bugs on leaves for fine motor skills



  • Fine motor
  • In hand manipulation
  • Fine motor precision

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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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