Stringing cheerios onto pipe cleaners

I work with a child that needs to improve her fine motor skills, but she puts everything in her mouth. She enjoys the marble run, but I am nervous about using it with her. I decided to try stringing cheerios as a good edible fine motor activity. My client is not ready to string the cheerios onto a string, so we ar putting them on a pipe cleaner. Honey comb is a fun alternative with many holes to string through. {Read More}

Building with Toothpicks and Gumdrops

I saw this on a preschool activity site, and saw a lot of therapy potential in it. You can have a client build their own designs and structures, or you could have them copy a design that you show them. This is a good activity that incorporates playing with food, and fine motor skills. You stick toothpicks into the gumdrops to create shapes. Putting in the toothpicks is great for developing the small intrinsic muscles of the fingers. Copying a {Read More}

Marshmallow Painting for Fine Motor Skills

Painting is often good therapy, but you can kick it up a notch by using marshmallows as the painting tool. You can grade the type of grip used by using the large marshmallows or the mini marshmallows. You can use regular paint on paper and just dip the marshmallow in and make designs on the paper. I decided to try a fully edible painting activity since our painting tools were edible. I used powdered Jello with a little water added {Read More}

Peanut Butter Playdough Recipe:

Playing with playdoh is fun, and if you can eat the playdoh when you are done, it can be even more fun.  It is also a good way to play with food for kids that have problems with eating. Ingredients: 1 cup of smooth/creamy peanut butter 2 cups of powdered sugar 1/2 cup honey Mix all the ingredients together – if it seems a little too dry at first, you can stick it in the microwave for a few seconds {Read More}

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees

One of the Kindergarten classes that I visited today was making Christmas Trees out of ice cream cones. First you get a sugar cone, the kind with the pointy tip. Then you spread green frosting all over the cone. You can use red licorice strings as garland, and sprinkle it with colored sugar sprinkles. This is a quick and easy activity that is fun and yummy. The client practices spreading with a knife in a fun way, and the spreading {Read More}