OT Activity of the Day:
Target Age Range: 5 and up
This is such a fun fine motor manipulation activity. All I used were pipe cleaners (I used 4 total), a straw, googly eyes and glue.
First you take your straw and wrap the end of one pipe cleaner around the top 2-3 times. Then you start to cascade your wrapping so that the pipe cleaner is wrapped all the way down to the bottom of the straw. Follow suit with two other pipe cleaners. Then I pushed and rotated the pipe cleaners in so that the caterpillar was smaller than the straw. I clipped the ends of the straws so that you wouldn't see them. Last I took a final pipe cleaner and wrapped it around the "head" of the caterpillar. The final act was to glue on some eyes!
For your kiddos who are in First or Second grade, you can always add an element of writing by creating a few sentences or a short story about the caterpillar.