This activity assists with thumb opposition and with developing the arches of the hand. In addition, this activity addresses sensory processing as it provides tactile input.
For this activity, you will work on thumb opposition and provide sensory input by using finger paint.
You should use 5 different colors of finger paint.
Pour the different finger paint colors into the paper plate.
Ask the child to dip each finger in each one of the colors. Provide help as needed.
Draw a pattern on the construction paper. For example draw a pattern like a blue dot, a green dot, a red dot, a blue dot, a green dot, a red dot, etc.
Ask the child to follow your pattern using the paint on his/her fingers.
You can also have the child mix the colors and create new colors by touching his/her thumb with any other finger (i.e. thumb to the pointer, thumb to the middle finger, and so on) to work on and promote thumb opposition.