Sugar Aunts: Fine Motor Table-top Play

Fine Motor Table-top Play

So, one morning, we had four kids in the house (Big Sister, Little Guy, Baby Girl, and Nephew).  They play well together. Most times.  And then other times.. they argue, fight, agitate, and do all of the normal brother/sister/cousin-who-is-around-often-enough-to-be-like-a-sibling...things! This morning, they were in a mood.  A we. need. to. get. outside. and. RUN. mood. 
and since half of the kids were still in pajamas and there were still breakfast remnants all over the dining room table...we played a little game.
We have a couple of rolls of masking tape hanging around and this mama/aunt thought they would love to do a little picking on the tape.
instead of picking on each other!


They loved it! Picking at the edges of the tape is perfect for little hand's fine motor dexterity.  They are working the neat pincer grasp (tip-to-tip pinch of the thumb and index finger...think of the way you would pick up a very small bead or pin from a table-top)

It was sort-of like a puzzle, figuring out which piece of tape needed to pull up first.  And then, when they pulled up an intersecting piece of tape, again working the fine motor skills to pull that piece up.
When all of the pieces of tape were pulled up, Big Sister played a word spelling game.  She tore the tape into bits  (...tripod grasp, working on small motor strength of the hand arches, and separating the two sides of the hand in a small motor task...)
I told her how to spell the word 'CAT' and then gave her words that rhyme with 'CAT'.  She wrote the letter and put it in place of the 'C'.

Agitating/arguing/sibling crisis adverted.  We put on play clothes and went outside!

We left the letters on the table for a few days and pulled them off, moved them around, and spelled words.

Fun stuff!
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  1. Who knew? Sometimes the simplest things are the most entertaining.

  2. Yay for tape! I had a similar epiphany after we pulled up tape on the carpet that had been left behind a dinosaur's amazing how much concentration and focus it required! Thanks for sharing this at Teach Me Tuesday at Preschool Powol Packets!!

  3. Oh, how fun!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  4. Genius!! Nothing like a simple activity to keep little ones entertained... Especially one that you can leave out for days so they can keep coming back for more! And costs next to nothing! ill be bringing some rolls of tape into my OT treatment groups this week!

    1. Thank you Claire, you'll have to let us know how the kids like it!

  5. Seriously! I'm going to get my masking tape right now for my 3 year old. It was be awesome to be able to check my email without a child sitting on top of me! ;)


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