You will need:
- Spider Cut out made from Foam paper and wiggly eyes
- Clothespins or Bag Clips
This is a great way to strengthen your child’s fingers. The stronger your child gets, the more resistive clips you can use. You may want to start with clothespins that are easier to squeeze open and then bag clips that can be harder to open.
I use this activity in therapy in many many ways. I usually begin with a story that my little spider lost her legs and we are on a mission to find them. You can sit down with your child and just have them squeeze the pins on the spider or hide the pins to turn it into a hunt.
I also do this activity with the child laying on their tummy (in prone) on a scooter board, using their hands only to propel the scooter across the room. I place all the pins on one side and the spider on the other so that they go back and forth. This allows them to work on core strength as well as hand/shoulder strength while practicing bilateral coordination during the reciprocal arm movements to move the scooter.
I place the pins on the floor around a balance board and ask the child to squat down to pick up a pin while maintaining their balance.
I use a net swing in clinic and place the child on their tummy (in prone), I then spread out the pins around them on a mat and ask them to propel the swing with their arms in order to pick up the pins one at a time and place them on the spider. I also clip the pins on a rope and ask the child to pull their bodies up on the rope with their hands to retrieve a pin and then place it on the spider.
With young children, we usually finish this activity by singing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” Song!!!!