Here’s a fun and unique fine motor activity for your child: Take ropes of differing sizes and knot them together, then have your child untie them. Super simple concept, but it could be a quite difficult task for some children!
With this activity, your child will be working on the following skills:
- Fine Motor Manipulation
- Fine Motor Strengthening
- Fine Motor (Hand) Praxis/Coordination
- Eye-Hand Coordination
- Visual-Perceptual Skills
- Frustration Management
If your child is prone to frustration, you might want to consider having them do this task while seated in a bin full of beans or rice. The proprioceptive input will assist with calming and staying focused on the task. (The white “dust” inside our bin is actually baby powder. It helps keep the beans from sticking to sticky/sweaty hands and feet!)
An addition to this activity is to have a desired toy/item, or maybe money, tied inside a drawstring bag whose knots are tied up with the two ropes. That would give the task more purpose and give the child more motivation to successfully untie all of the knots!
We hope you enjoy this out-of-the box fine motor activity with your child!
Our next FREE Moms Workshop is coming up on June 6th. Kim Hazelton, OTR/L will be sharing tips for “Creative Discipline”. Make plans now to attend!
We will be at the FPEA Homeschool Convention in Orlando, May 23-25!
Visit us in booth #428!
Handwriting Summer Camp
Social Skills Summer Camp
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