This activity promotes cutting skills and motor planning through the task. Give the child the instructions verbally and support with visuals if needed. Observe if the child is able to motor plan through the three steps (cut, glue, color/decorate) without assistance.
Buttons, Construction Paper, Craft Sticks, Crayons, Glitter Glue, Glue, Markers, Paper Plate, Pom-poms, Scissors, Sequins, Stamps, Stickers
Bilateral Hand Use, Cutting, Fine Motor Control, Grasp, Hand Dexterity, Motor Planning, and Visual Motor
- Trace a triangle shape from the edge of the paper plate towards the middle part of the plate.
- On the construction paper, draw 2 ovals and one triangle.
If the child you work with has higher skills and can trace the shapes, let him complete this step independently.
Ask the child to first cut out all the shapes from the construction paper and the triangle on the paper plate. the triangle on the paper plate will be the mouth.
Once the shapes are cut out, ask the child to use the triangle as the tail and glue it on the back of the paper plate, on the opposite side of the mouth. Then, use the ovals as the fins and glue one oval at the top and one at the bottom.
Instruct the child to glue the pom-pom as the eye (wiggle eyes or buttons can also be used).
Use the crayons/markers/stickers to decorate the fish.
You can also provide the child with some blue and green construction paper to create an ocean scene.
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