Using a large piece of cardboard or construction paper, draw the shape of the guitar’s body. If the child is able to draw it by himself, allow him to do so. Otherwise, let the child trace your drawing, using a thick marker.
Ask the child to cut out the shape, following the lines. Depending on the child’s skill level, make the line thicker, and provide support as needed. Once the child cuts out the guitar’s shape out, ask him to draw or trace a circle in the middle of the guitar’s body. You can use a round object to help with drawing an accurate shape.
Instruct the child to cut out the circle, providing support as needed.
Using a single hole puncher, carefully have the child punch three holes on either side of the circle he just cut. Using 3 rubber bands, ask the child to cut through them so they are now one long string.
Instruct the child to thread each rubber band across 2 parallel holes, and tie on each end. Provide support as needed for tying the rubbers in place.
Using another piece of cardboard or construction paper, ask the child to draw or trace a rectangle. Instruct the child to cut it out, and use the glue and tape to attach it to the top part of the guitar’s body. To make the guitar look more life like, ask the child to draw lines continuing from the bands up the stem of the guitar.
In this activity, imagination and creativity are key components.
Begin by drawing the face of a child, a character (clown, robot, princess, etc.), or an animal that the child likes on the shoe box’s cover. Then, cut out the mouth of your figure so that it looks like the figure is opening its mouth. Make sure the opening is big enough so that the child is able to place the small objects through the opening.
Place the cotton balls (see additional ideas for objects below) on the table in front of the child or in a shallow bowl.
Give the tongs to the child and instruct her to hold it with her thumb, pointer, and middle fingers only, while tucking the pinkie and ring fingers into the palm of her hand. Then, ask the child to use the tongs to pick up one object at a time and feed the figure by placing the object into the figure’s open mouth.
This is where creativity comes into play as you can use the child’s imagination to decide what kind of food the cotton balls represent.
If you chose to draw an animal, you can have the cotton balls be the type of food this specific animal eats (i.e. monkey = bananas, dog = bones, bunny = carrots, etc.)
Based on the child’s developmental skills, you can have her draw the figure (can be a very simple figure) and cut the mouth opening independently.
Additional ideas for small objects (depending on the child’s age and abilities): pasta, beads (large and small), beans, cotton swabs, marbles, and Lego
Take one of your clothespins and paint it with colors. This will be the butterfly body.
To make the wings, take some colored construction paper and fold it in half.
Draw a pair of wings on the folded side of the paper, and cut around them using the scissors.
Unfold the wings and you will have two sets that are exactly the same.
Draw colorful lines and patterns over the wings.
Assemble Everything Together
Pinch open the clothes peg and glue the wings onto the top prong.
It is best to clip the clothes peg onto something so that it doesn’t get glued shut.
Decorate the body of the butterfly with your buttons and beads, and stick the googly eyes onto the top of the peg.
For this activity, you can use pegs, beans, beads, coins, and small toys.
Hide the small objects in the playdough and ask the child to dig his fingers in and search for the hidden treasure.
Encourage the child to stretch the playdough and work his fingers in.
When the child finds the treasure, ask him to take the object out using his thumb and pointer to promote pincer grasp.
If using pegs, you can use the pegboard and have the child design a picture on the board or you can ask him to draw lines, shapes, or letters.
If you choose to use beads you can have the child lace them on a string and make a necklace.
For this activity, you will need 2 pipe cleaners to form the body structure.
Shape the Body
Twist 2 pipe cleaners together in the middle – about 2/3 of the way up.
The twisted part will be the body.
Thread 3 large beads through both pipe cleaners to form a body.
Create Arms and Hands
Take both pipe cleaners and separate them, pulling each stick to either side of the body.
Thread about 5 medium beads onto each arm.
Curl and wrap the end of the pipe cleaner around the last bead to secure it in place.
These will be the hands.
Thread about 8 medium beads onto each leg.
Curl and wrap the end around the last bead to secure it in place.
These will be the feet.
To form the head shape, using the scissors cut one pipe cleaner in half and bend to form a circle shape with the ends twisted and touching.
Insert the ends of the pipe cleaner head into the top bead of the body to secure it in place.
Provide the child with one pipe cleaner and 5-6 paper baking cups. You can use colorful baking cups or white ones.
Instruct the child to pile up the baking cups. Pierce a small hole in the middle of the stacked paper cups, using the edge of the pipe cleaner.
The child might need your assistance when completing this step.
Insert the pipe cleaner through the hole, and bend the tip, to secure the pipe cleaner from coming out.
Have the child lift and pinch the top paper cup towards the middle.
Then, repeat this step with the rest of the baking cups, until all paper cups are held up altogether.
To secure the baking cups from sliding down, instruct the child to hold the last paper cup at the bottom, right where the pipe cleaner inserts, and twist the pipe cleaner around a couple of times to create a stopper.
Once the flower is ready, the child can loop the remaining pipe cleaner on a pencil or a pen, like a pencil topper, or he can make additional flowers to make a bouquet.
For this activity, you can use small game pieces like the cherry pieces from Hi Ho Cherry O, Monopoly pieces, and other small objects.
The objective of the board game is to be the first to put all of your cherries in the bucket.
Provide each player with tweezers.
Following the rules of the game, instruct each player to pick up the cherries using their tweezers and placing them into their bucket.
Depending upon the tweezers (or small tongs) used, you may instruct the child to reach for the stem rather than the cherry itself.
This game can be played by up to 4 children and social skills can be addressed while playing.
Draw an acorn on the construction paper (see images for example) or you can let the child trace an acorn stencil to promote fine motor control and visual-motor skills.
Let the child cut the acorn shape using scissors.
Using a piece of small sponge instruct the child to pinch it and dip it into the paint then stamp and paint the bottom part of the acorn cut out. You can also use q-tips or cotton balls to paint.
Encourage the child to fill in the entire bottom part of the acorn.
Have the child spread glue on the top part of the acorn.
Provide the child with a few dry leaves. Instruct the child to crumble the leaves inside the palm of his hand and then spread them on the glue. This will promote finger strength and finger translation.
You may also use beans to cover the top area of the acorn.
For this activity, you will need to use a red, yellow, orange, green, blue, and purple construction paper.
Draw a line in the middle of the paper plate and have the child cut along the line you drew. Using the pen, draw 5 curves, spaced 1-inch from each other.
Draw a vertical line on each of the construction papers, making a 1-inch strip. Ask the child to cut along the lines you drew. Before the child tears the strips, ask him to arrange the strips in the correct order of the colors of the rainbow.
Have the child tear each strip into pieces. Encourage him to use both hands and tear the pieces from top to bottom. If you want to work more on scissors skills or visual-motor skills, you can draw lines on the strips (straight, crocked or curved) and have the child cut along the lines you drew.
Finally, have the child glue the small pieces onto the paper plate, using the curved lines you drew to place the colors in the correct order.