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Mac and Shake

Purpose

This activity strengthens the finger muscles and helps in developing tripod grasp.

Materials

Coins, Macaroni, Plastic Container

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). , Finger Translation, Hand Arches/Separation, Intrinsic Muscle Development, Pincer Control, and Tripod Grasp

Description

Poke a hole in the container's lid. The hole should provide enough resistance to make it challenging for the child to insert the macaroni inside. Have the child insert large macaroni one at a time through the hole in lid into the container. To work on finger translation, ask the child to collect two macaroni pieces at a time and store one in his/her palm while inserting the other into the container. The child should use one hand to hold the container and the other one to insert the items.

Children enjoy listening to the sound the container makes when they shake it. This activity can be done using other items such as coins, beans, or smaller macaroni.

Children enjoy listening to the sound the container makes when they shake it. This activity can be done using other items such as coins, beans, or small macaroni.
Mac and Shake OT activity

 
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