Brought to you by Lauren Anderson, OTR/L
Here’s a cute summer-themed craft to get your preschooler using his or her fingers! This craft works on fine motor precision (making precise movements with your hands and fingers), bilateral coordination (using the two sides of your body together), hand strengthening, hand-eye coordination, grasping coloring/writing utensils, writing numbers, and counting!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 small paper plate (the cheaper and flimsier, the better)
- 3 markers (red, green, and black)
- A hole puncher
- A pen
Here’s how to do it:
- Draw a straight line down the middle of the paper plate
- Have your child cut the paper plate in half on the line. This works on fine motor precision, bilateral coordination, hand-eye coordination, and hand strengthening. Then, draw a line down the middle of the 2 halves. Have your child cut on the lines again.
- Draw a curved line in red, following the curve of the middle part of the paper plate.
- Have your child color in the lines in red marker. This works on your child’s ability to grasp coloring/writing utensils, fine motor precision, and hand-eye coordination. It also works on bilateral coordination because your child will need to stabilize the paper plate using his or her non-dominant hand. Next, draw a curved line in green, leaving some white space in between the green and red.
- Have your child color in the green area. Draw a number 1 in pen and make a dot with the black marker (the seed).
- Have your child trace the number in black marker. Then, have your child use the hole puncher to punch out the black dot. Your may need to place your hand on your child’s hand to help him or her with this part, but let your child try as much as he or she can. This works on handwriting, hand-eye coordination, bilateral coordination, and hand strengthening.
- Repeat these steps for numbers 2-4 and you have your watermelon craft!