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Caterpillar Clips

Purpose

This colorful activity promotes finger strength and functional grasp. The child will practice cutting skills as he cuts a leaf for his new caterpillar friend.

Materials

Clothespins, Construction Paper, Glue, Markers, Pom-poms, Scissors, Tweezers, Wiggle Eyes

Skills

Bilateral Hand Use (?)The use of both hands simultaneously, in a controlled manner, to perform an activity (i.e. clapping hands, using your one hand to hold a pencil while the other is used to stabilize the paper). , Cutting, Eye-Hand Coordination, Fine Motor Control, Finger Strength, Grasp, Pincer Grasp, and Visual Motor

Description

Place the pompoms on a plate or in a container.

For each clothespin, have the child reach out and pick 5-6 small pompoms, using pincer grasp to pick them up, and place in front of him.

Ask the child to apply glue on the wide part of the clothespin, and use the tweezers to place one pompom at a time on the glue.

While the glue is drying, either draw 2-3 leaves on green construction paper, or let the child draw them. Have the child cut out the leaves. If the child has difficulty cutting, we recommend providing thicker lines.

Once the glue is all dry, instruct the child to glue the googly eyes on the first pompom. Make sure to glue on the clothespin side that opens up.

Ask the child to put one caterpillar on each leaf by opening the clothespin with one hand, and holding the leaf with the other hand.
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