Fall and Farm Animal Design Color by Number Fine Motor Labs for Center Time or Therapy. Designed by Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR from The Handwriting Clinic/First Strokes. Perfect for teaching children to color in small areas, and to change colors as they color. Get those little hands moving with this FUN multi-sensory file.
- Develop separation of the two sides of the hand to have good stability with the 4th/5th fingers (ulnar stabilization) and manipulation with the thumb, index and 3rd fingers (radial manipulation) using crayons. .
- Improve eye hand coordination to color within a small area.
- Identify color words and match number to color menu
- Color within a border
Place coarse sandpaper under coloring pages to allow activity to be more proprioceptive. This will allow students to develop more pressure with grasp, and also makes the activity more interesting. Students tend to slow down the pace of coloring when there is sandpaper underneath.
There are three types of coloring pages
Simple preschool coloring page – very simple picture with thick border to allow children to color within a border. No number/color menu.
Design coloring page (numbered and un-numbered) – designs were incorporated into the coloring sheet, to allow children to color small areas. When coloring large areas, children tend to drive the crayon with whole arm movement – initiating dynamic control at the shoulder or elbow. Smaller areas will encourage grasp development by encourage smaller movement – initiated by dynamic finger or wrist flexion/extension. Note – 4 year olds tend to use their wrist to initiate dynamic movement. By 5 ½ to 6, a child should be using a dynamic tripod grasp, with isolated finger movement to achieve dynamic control of the crayon when coloring small areas.
- Place coarse sandpaper under coloring pages to allow activity to be more proprioceptive. This will allow
students to develop more pressure with grasp, and also makes the activity more interesting. Students tend
to slow down the pace of coloring when there is sandpaper underneath.
*** For more information on therapeutic adaptation for grasp development, please go to Jan McCleskey's store on TPT, and download the free article: How to Hold a Pencil from an Occupational Therapists Perspective.