You Will Need:
- Printout or drawing of Santa Clause with a big beard
- Round Stick-on Magnetic
- Cotton Balls
- Alphabet Stickers
- Adaptive Chopsticks
You can create your own Santa like I did by laminating a picture I found on line and adding a really large beard.
I stuck magnets on cotton balls
and also placed magnets on Santa’s beard.
I placed a letter sticker over the magnets on the cotton ball. I also covered the magnets on the beard with white paper circles that i cut out and stuck with glue.
I then laminated the entire santa so that I can use dry erase markers on it and use it in several ways when adapting to different skill levels and working on different concepts.
Alphabet Upper and Lower case letters: Ask your child to use adaptive chopsticks to pick up cotton balls. This will help your child work on important pincer grasp skills and match the upper case letter to the lower case letter on Santa’s beard.The magnets will help hold the cotton ball in place!
Math concepts: I also use this cute Santa to teach math concepts and learn how to write numbers. I use a dry erase marker to write down several math problems on Santa’s beard. Some of the cotton balls have number stickers on them. Children use the chopsticks to place the cotton ball with the correct number on top of the math equation.
My focus as an OT is a child’s pincer strength so I love finding different ways to use chopsticks to work on these little muscles but at the same time turn it into a learning opportunity.