Categories
Fine Motor Activities

Beading the Icicles

You will need:

  • 10 Pipe cleaners
  • White and blue beads
  • Foam stickers

The Activity:

This is a great way to work on fine motor skills and bilateral coordination with little children that have difficulty beading, while working on numbers concept.

I place a foam sticker at the top of every pipe cleaner and write the numbers 1 to 10.

Children then have to place the correct number of beads on each pipe cleaner to create icicles. (beading on bilateral coordination and neat pincer grasp). For children with more advanced fine motor skills, I ask them to pick up the correct number of beads by nesting and hold them in the same hand while beading. They retrieve beads one at a time with the same hand to work on retrieving skills.

I then secure the beads and ask children to line up the icicles in the ascending order of length without referring to the numbers at the top.

Once they line up the icicles, they can check their answers by flipping over the icicle to look at the numbers.

Therapy Corner

Nesting and retrieving  are important in hand manipulation skills as they affect the intrinsic and extrinsic muscles of the hand. Furthermore, holding beads in the ulnar side of the hand while the radial side of the hand is still beading, separating both sides of the hand, an important part of hand dexterity, so that one side acts as a stabilizer as the other does the work.

 

Categories
Fine Motor Activities

Beaded Tree Ornaments

You Will Need:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Colored beads
  • Ribbon

The Activity:

This is a great activity you can do with little ones to teach beading skills. Many little ones have a hard time beading on a string so use pipe cleaners that are more stiff than a string to facilitate beading. Beading is an important task for little ones to learn since in works on bilateral coordination.

Candy Cane: Have your child bead alternating red and white beads on a pipe cleaner. Secure both ends by rolling the ends of the pipe cleaner. Curve the top and add a little bow!

Wreath: Have your child alternate 2 green beads, 1 red bead. Fasten the pipe cleaner into a circle and add a bow.

These 2 activities are not only great for bilateral coordination but following a pattern takes organization and  visual perceptual skills! This is a wonderful craft to make with kids to give out as holiday gifts.

Categories
Fine Motor Activities

Bead the Little Caterpillar

You will Need:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Craft pompoms
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Ribbon
  • Beads
  • Hot glue gun
You can purchase this activity exclusively at MissMancy’s Shop

The Activity:

This is a great activity you can do with little ones to teach beading skills. Many little ones have a hard time beading on a string so use pipe cleaners that are more stiff than a string to facilitate beading. Beading is an important task for little ones to learn since in works on bilateral coordination.

I made these attaching a pipe cleaner to a pompom and adding eyes as well as pipe cleaner antennas using a hot glue gun. I then took a little ribbon and tied it around the base of the caterpillar’s neck.

You can ask children to be creative and bead as they wish OR you can ask them to follow a certain pattern in order to work on visual perceptual skills.