Kit Item #4: Tweezers or Tongs Tweezers or tongs (or even kiddie chopsticks like the ones I got from Sur La Table) are great for building muscles required for handwriting. Tweezers are something that almost everyone has at home which makes it even better, almost like getting a free tool! They also pair quite nicely with kit item #3, puff balls. Click here for a past post on tweezers. Uses: This item pretty much has one use, to build hand muscles by squeezing the tweezers to pick something … [Read more...] about My Obstacle Course Kit Item #4: Tweezers or Tongs
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This is one of my all time favorite discoveries! I was looking for ways to build Andrew’s pincer grasp for handwriting and began using tweezers because they require using the same fingers and muscles for grasping a pencil. I paired the tweezers with colored puffs in different sizes because he would have to squeeze his fingers differently depending on the size of the puff. At first he would put the puff in the tweezers with his other hand and I had to help him using hand over hand. While it seems … [Read more...] about Tweezers
This station activity is perfect for a farm-themed My Obstacle Course. All you need are some colored puffs (yellow works great for baby chicks) and some tweezers or ice tongs. I had some brown shredded paper that I placed into a baking pan because I thought it would help in pretending that they were still in their nest. I also had a picture of a hen from a Mailbox Teacher Magazine but you could draw your own (you would laugh if you saw what mine would look like) or simply print one from of the … [Read more...] about Help the Baby Chicks
This My Obstacle Course station activity is so simple yet it helps to build math skills and fine motor skills - bonus!! While I know that apples are usually picked off of an apple tree, for the purpose of this station activity, we are going to be putting apples back on the tree. I guess you could put a whole bunch of "apples" on the tree and have your child "pick" a given number off of the tree using the tweezers. Either way, a great opportunity to build these skills! My Obstacle Course Station … [Read more...] about How Many Apples On The Apple Tree?
I hope you have found these past posts on what I would include in a basic My Obstacle Course kit helpful. These are just some of my favorites and are examples of items that could easily be assembled to provide activities to help build your child's skills. I encourage you to go on a little treasure hunt through your own house and see if there's anything else you can find. (Click here for a past post on Treasure Hunting At Home.) Academic and Developmental Skill Areas Just like when I set up My … [Read more...] about Sample My Obstacle Course Using Kit Items
Kit Item #3: Colored Puffs This is one of my most favorite My Obstacle Course purchases and I actually bought this package of multi-sized, multi-colored cotton puff balls at Michael's for my first Obstacle Course with Andrew. They were great then and I am still finding ways to use them! I'd say I'm getting an excellent return on this investment :). Using something like this requires a little bit of thought (I mean teeny, tiny because I'm giving you some suggestions) but almost no time … [Read more...] about My Obstacle Course Kit Item #3: Colored Puffs