Fine Motor Can Ideas
Center of Development
Pediatric Vision Care and Therapies
Fine Motor Can Ideas:
"Yes U Can" Fine Motor Can: This is a great, cheap, and fun way to work on in hand manipulation,pincer grasp, bilateral coordination, and many other fine motor skills.
1. Pick up one small object at a time and put into appropriate hole in can. Hold the can with the free hand.
2. Pick up objects on the left side with the right hand and objects on the right side with the left hand. Let the free hand hold the can. This will help work on crossing midline (very important skill for hand dominance, shoe tying, etc.) as well as bilateral coordination because one hand is stabilizing an object while the other hand is moving. This also helps prevent the temptation of picking up the objects on the right side with the right hand.
3. Turn left palm up and place 2-3 small objects in it. Have the thumb push one object at a time to the very top of the index finger. Insert object into can while holding remaining object(s) in hand. Repeat with the right side. Have the free hand hold the can to prevent it from helping the working hand. If this skill is hard, start by practicing with one small object at a time, or having the thumb touch a sticker in the palm of the hand, then middle of index finger and top of index finger before using one small object.
4. Use modeling clay, firm putty, or play dough to hide several objects in, then the student uses thumb and fingertips to "fish out" the hidden objects, then places in the can!
5. Can use small tongs or coffee filter separators (.99 cents at walmart in utensil aisle) to pick up coins and larger objects and place in the can. This really helps strengthen the web space (space between the thumb and fingertips, which controls most fine motor movements, such as writing and cutting).
Heidi L. Clopton, OTR/L
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