There are so many creative ways you can help your child work on their occupational therapy goals through crafts at home. Today, one of our occupational therapists will show you how to make a snail craft with your kids, that will also work on their fine and visual motor skills like bilateral coordination, pincer grasp, and cutting. These are all foundational skills for everyday activities and will promote greater success in school.
The main skill this craft will target is bilateral coordination, which is the ability to use both sides of your body (in this case, your right and left hands) at the same time. Kids use this skill during everyday activities like: playing catch, cutting, writing, pulling apart toys, playing an instrument, and tying their shoes. So when your child is picking up a bead with one hand, placing it on the yarn that is being held in the other hand, and using both hands together to pull the bead down the yarn, they are not only creating the shell for the snail, but they are also sharpening a skill they will use everyday!
Watch this video to learn how you can make your own snail craft with your kids today.
For the snail craft, you will need:
- Glue gun
- Construction paper
- Pipe cleaners or foam paper
- Googly eyes
- Paper plate
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