You will need:
- An empty Tissue box
- Black, white and Orange Construction paper
- OR Adaptive chopsticks (You can purchase here at MissMancy’s SHOP)
- Tissue paper
This is a nice way to work on oral motor skills and awareness of breath.
I created a penguin using a square Kleenex box.
I cut out fish from tissue paper and write letters of the alphabet using a pencil.
I then play as follows:
1- Race between 2 children: Put 6 fish in front of each child and see who can be the first to put all the fish in the penguins mouth.
2- Ask you child to spell different words by picking up the fish with the straw (inhale from the mouth) and placing them in the penguins mouth.
3- Ask children to pick up specific letters or to pick up the one that sounds like or to pick up the first letter of the word etc…
If children have difficulty using the straw and controlling their breaths or even motor planning the sustained inhale, I make little balls out of tissue paper and have them use adaptive chopsticks to pick up the letters and feed the penguin.
I used this today with an 8 year old autistic girl I work with – she loved it! She couldn’t wait to show her class! A great idea and so simple to put together. Thanks for sharing it!