OT Activity of the Day:
Building with Clothespins and popsicle sticks
Target Age Range: 4 and up
On my latest trip to Michael's I found these popsicle sticks and clothespins. While I bought them for other uses, I found a few examples on Pinterest of children putting them together and building with them.
This is such a great idea for so many reasons. For starters, using clothespins is a great way to improve fine motor manipulation and strength, skills necessary for writing and completing other fine motor tasks (scissors, buttons, shoe tying, etc...). It's also a great way to use one's imagination and build structures that basic blocks may not allow. Lastly, it's a great way to practice problem solving, how are you going to use both these tools to build your structure?
A fun rainy day or downtime activity for the summer! Enjoy!