Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I’ve been on the look out for fun and therapeutic crafts to celebrate the season. Here’s a fairly simple and fun one: making hearts out of small balls of modeling clay.
Just roll small balls, and squish and smear. Ask the kids to roll the balls between the thumb and index finger, then alternate between the other fingers to work on finger opposition, dexterity, and fine motor control. Use different fingers to squish the balls onto the paper to build up strength. You don’t have to limit it to just heart shapes, you can feel free to create whatever pictures you want. Make a simple pattern and have the kids copy them to add a constructional praxis component to the task. Roll the clay into small logs, and create different shapes and letters, then squish them onto the paper.
The possibilities are endless, take them and run with them! What other ideas do you have?