OT Activity of the Day:
Painting with a fork!
Target Age Range: 3 and up
I know I've mentioned utensil use before so here's another idea to get those hands ready to manipulate and use a fork. For those kids with fine motor delays, mealtime is the worst time to solely work on utensil use. Everyone's hungry, adults and children alike become agitated and no one wins. It's best to get kids used to utensils in more sneaky ways.
Here's one! I'm painting with a fork. I'm making what I hope looks like a lion, but feel free to "free paint" or make other animals or pictures. In this activity, the child is getting used to the feel of the fork with less pressure and it's fun. A win for all!
This is also a great way to get those kiddos who don't like "messy" play involved in finger painting with peers!