This activity promotes bilateral coordination and grasp using a fun game.
- Take an empty cardboard box (with openings that create handles), and insert a gift wrapping paper tube through the openings.
- Tape a long piece of yarn to the gift wrapping paper tube.
- Draw a Toy Story Alien & cut it out.
- Tape the alien to the other end of the yarn.
Have the child place both hands toward the ends of gift wrapping paper tube (“The Claw”), to reel in the alien.
Instruct the child to use alternating hands, or both hands at the same time.
To add a challenge, have the child use their non-dominant hand, create a longer line of yarn, or add resistance.
To add resistance, draw and cut out an alien on 2 pieces of paper, place beans on one paper, then staple the other paper on top to seal the beans inside.