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This activity works on grasp and finger strengthening as well as fine motor control skills by building a mini model airplane out of a clothespin and wooden sticks.


Clothespins, Craft Sticks, Glue, Markers, Paint Brush, Stickers, Tempera Paint, Wooden Sticks


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). , Fine Motor Control, Finger Strength, Grasp, Motor Planning, Pincer Control, Sequencing, Tactile Perception (?)Tactile Perception (sometimes referred to as touch perception) is the brain's ability to understand (perceive) what the hands are feeling., Tripod Grasp, and Visual Motor


Use the wooden sticks or craft sticks as the airplane wings.

Let the child paint or color the sticks with markers and decorate with stickers.

Once sticks are dry, instruct the child to glue on stick at the bottom of the clothespin and one stick at the top.

Using pincer grasp, instruct the child to pinch and open the clothespin while placing the third wing in the middle.

You can have the child glue the middle stick or do not glue the middle wing to allow the child to practice his grasp by removing the middle stick for a two wing airplane model.
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