OT Activity of the Day:
Lacing and Apples
Target Age Range: 3 and up
By the age of three child are developmentally ready to string beads and/or lace with string. Why should you care? Lacing with string helps develop hand-eye coordination needed for them to engage in tasks that require finger dexterity and hand stability. In short, you're targeting the skills needed to be able to tie a shoe lace, manage buttons on pants, and buckle a belt.
So here's how you do it at home. I took a paper plate and punched holes around the edge. Then I took a some yarn, put a little tape around the top to keep it from fraying, and began to lace. It doesn't have to be an apple, this could easily be a pumpkin, or just multicolored string wrapped around a paper plate. Either way, you're targeting those wonderful fine motor skills.
Happy lacing! Enjoy!