Are you looking for activities that can enhance your child’s dexterity and hand skills? There are a lot of things in our homes that we can use to create games and learning activities for our little ones. They may seem to be ordinary things that you find in your pantry or cupboards. However, with a little creativity and a playful mind, you can turn them into therapeutic materials that can improve one’s skills … especially when done through play. Here are a few ideas that you can try:

The Porcupine

You will need:

– Colander

– Dried pasta (Spaghetti or Spaghettini)

Have your child place uncooked pasta into the holes of the colander, creating a cute porcupine. Encourage to pinch and insert one pasta at a time, or you can use a tool such as a tweezer for an added challenge. Additionally, you can also have the child place beads and other small trinkets into its spikes!

Cheerios Necklace

You will need:

– Cheerios cereal

– String

String the Cheerios to make an edible necklace or bracelet. If you have older kids, it’s an opportunity to teach tying a simple knot- or a shoelace knot!

Multi-sensory Drawing & Printing Activity Ideas

Draw or practice printing the alphabet using the following materials:

– Fine salt or sugar on a baking tray

– Hair gel placed in a Ziploc bag

– Shaving cream on the shower wall or mirror

– Whipped cream on a baking tray

– Colouring or printing on sandpaper 

If your child is having challenges with fine motor activities such as printing, cutting, shoe-lacing, buttoning, fastening, etc., consult with an Occupational Therapist for specific activities you can do at home.