Recycled Fruit Box Fine Motor

I love using recycled materials for our fine motor activities.  I have the hardest time trashing or recycling something before reusing it!  I was going to recycle the cardboard box that our delicious local summer fruit comes in, when I noticed the air holes on the bottom.  I knew they’d be the perfect size for some fine motor work 🙂

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I flipped the box upside down and presented that along with a bowl of marbles for Trevor to balance in the holes.  It was a great way to work on his pincer grasp and hand control.

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Our activity table is a five dollar garage sale find, so it has a slight slant.  We ended up moving the activity to the floor to get a more supportive surface for the box.

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This was a fun, frugal fine motor activity.  What materials do you love to upcycle?

Coffee Filter Flower Garden

We absolutely love our sliding glass door.  It is such a great location to do all sorts of fine motor and play activities.  Recently I set up a coffee filter garden for Trevor to water.  He had sooooo much fun!  And using a spray bottle (plus working on that all-important vertical surface!) is great for improving strength.

On the inside of the door I drew the stem and leaves of the flowers using a green window crayon.  Then on the outside of the door I taped up some coffee filters that I had dotted with our dot markers.  Finally I gave him a spray bottle filled with water and let him go at it!

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He had a great time “watering his garden”.  After he had sprayed literally every single inch of the coffee filters, he wanted to go inside and spray away the stems too.

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I hope your kids enjoy this activity as much as Trevor did!

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Platform Swing Painting

A great way to work on core strengthening (and another awesome pre-writing activity) is to play or work in the prone position. Normally Trevor hates being on his tummy. It’s partly sensory I’m sure, but also partly probably discomfort due to his hypotonia. Either way, he overcame that dislike to engage in this fun activity: painting on the platform swing! I set up a large piece of paper, drizzled some blobs of paint on it, and let him vroom his motorcycle toy through it to make tracks. It was a blast (although be sure to use washable paint, because it did end up a little bit messier than I expected).

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