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Your Very Own Fish Tank OT activity
Your Very Own Fish Tank - This activity develops pre-writing skills (drawing a face), imitation skills (copying from a model), fine motor skills (cutting and pincer grasp) as well as hand strength and control. Children are motivated to complete this activity and will be pleased that they have their own "pet".

Skills: Bilateral Hand Use (?)The use of both hands simultaneously, in a controlled manner, to perform an activity (i.e. clapping hands, using your one hand to hold a pencil while the other is used to stabilize the paper). , Cutting, Finger Strength, Hand Arches/Separation, Pincer Grasp, and Pre writing


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Matching Mittens OT activity
Matching Mittens - This winter themed activity can be done all year long. It promotes the child's visual perceptual skills as the child is looking for matching mittens, and fine motor skills as the child manipulates the clothespins. If you let the child cut the mittens and decorate them as well, you also work on visual motor skills.

Skills: Fine Motor Control, Finger Strength, Grasp, Visual Motor, and Visual Perception

Paper Rolls Building OT activity
Paper Rolls Building - A creative activity that uses the child's imagination and develops fine and visual motor skills.

Skills: Bilateral Hand Use (?)The use of both hands simultaneously, in a controlled manner, to perform an activity (i.e. clapping hands, using your one hand to hold a pencil while the other is used to stabilize the paper). , Cutting, Fine Motor Control, Grasp, Tactile Perception (?)Tactile Perception (sometimes referred to as touch perception) is the brain's ability to understand (perceive) what the hands are feeling., and Visual Motor

Clip the Kites OT activity
Clip the Kites - The activity is designed to develop and promote fine motor and visual motor skills, as well as to strengthen the finger muscles by manipulating school supplies.

Skills: Bilateral Hand Use (?)The use of both hands simultaneously, in a controlled manner, to perform an activity (i.e. clapping hands, using your one hand to hold a pencil while the other is used to stabilize the paper). , Cutting, Eye-Hand Coordination, and Visual Motor

Caterpillar Clips OT activity
Caterpillar Clips - This colorful activity promotes finger strength and functional grasp. The child will practice cutting skills as he cuts a leaf for his new caterpillar friend.

Skills: Bilateral Hand Use (?)The use of both hands simultaneously, in a controlled manner, to perform an activity (i.e. clapping hands, using your one hand to hold a pencil while the other is used to stabilize the paper). , Cutting, Eye-Hand Coordination, Fine Motor Control, Finger Strength, Grasp, Pincer Grasp, and Visual Motor

Ice Cream Scooper OT activity
Ice Cream Scooper - Scooping ice cream is a fun activity that promotes ADL skills. In this activity, we combine finger strength with the development of cutting skills, as the child makes his own ice cream in a cone.

Skills: ADL (?)Activities of daily living (ADL) are routine activities that people tend do everyday without needing assistance. There are six basic ADLs: eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring (walking) and continence., Bilateral Hand Use (?)The use of both hands simultaneously, in a controlled manner, to perform an activity (i.e. clapping hands, using your one hand to hold a pencil while the other is used to stabilize the paper). , Cutting, Eye-Hand Coordination, Fine Motor Control, Finger Strength, Forearm Pronation, Grasp, Pincer Grasp, and Visual Motor

Bean Mosaic OT activity
Bean Mosaic - Use small pellets such as beans or small buttons to strengthen finger muscles and promote pincer grasp pattern.

Skills: Distal Finger Control, Eye-Hand Coordination, Fine Motor Control, Finger Strength, Finger Translation, Grasp, Hand Dexterity, In-hand Manipulation, Pincer Control, Pincer Grasp, Tactile Perception (?)Tactile Perception (sometimes referred to as touch perception) is the brain's ability to understand (perceive) what the hands are feeling., and Visual Motor