OT Activity of the Day:
Coffee Filter Butterfly
Target Age Range: 2 and up
This is a quick, yet fun, fine motor activity. All you need is a round coffee filter, a pipe cleaner or clothespin, markers, and a squirt bottle. First you flatten the coffee filter out and decorate with the markers any way you please. Next is the fun part, take the coffee filter outside and spray it with water. As the coffee filter becomes wet, the colors start to have a tie-dye effect, it's fun to watch. Then bring the coffee filter back inside and let it dry for a minute or two. Lastly, grab your pipe cleaner, or clothespin, and pinch the middle together so that you can make the antenna!
Want added fun? Create a simple obstacle course around the house, or outside, to take the butterfly through. You can always add an element of writing and have your child either describe their butterfly or create a story based on their butterfly.
This craft focuses on fine motor manipulation, tool use, and hand strength. Enjoy!