Fine Motor Variety Pack: Fun Squirrel Themed by Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR
This is a variety pack incorporating several fine motor activities from Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR - The Fine Motor Store. There are a substantial enough of activities to make fine motor and writing centers for a weeks worth of classroom activities that are squirrel themed! Why squirrels? They are cute creatures that will go with any fall themed labs, or can be used throughout the year with a woodland animal theme. If you need more of any file, then there are printable products on Jan's store for each type of fine motor or handwriting activity within this pack. This variety pack is perfect for incorporating several types of fine motor and handwriting activities into a classroom or therapy session. Perfect for occupational therapists to add to their toolkit - and should provide several types of fine motor activities for many sessions of OT, or for classroom consultation. These files are perfect for special education classrooms or occupational therapy or for Kindergarten classrooms.
This file contains 10 tongs labs that are printed and placed in sheet protectors. The instructor should put these in labs with manipulative and tongs/tweezers to work on sorting colors, sizes, counting and following a path. There are also printable pictures that can be placed on containers such as jars, cups, containers, chip/dip containers, etc to work on sorting colors and sizes for an unlimited number of fine motor labs.
The file contains instruction sheets for How to Hold a Pencil. An instructor can download two free files from Jan McCleskey's Store for more instruction or training handouts - even enough information to provide an inservice!
Free files from Jan McCleskey MA OTR The Fine Motor Store:
1. How to Hold a Pencil from an Occupational Therapists Perspective
2. Developing a Fine Motor Program for Classroom or Therapy
There are several fine motor files in this kit to work on pencil control.
1. Crazy punch dots - follow the path to punch out the dots. Students use a tripod grasp on a golf tee to much out over craft foam or styrofoam. Works on eye hand coordination and strengthening grasp.
2. Crazy pencils - use a pencil to trace along a path with a tripod grasp. Once students can trace these, they are ready for a more advanced file on teachers pay teachers called "Pencil Power" - available on Jan's store
3. Coloring power - this file has different shapes to teach pencil control. Students use a pencil to color and change direction to color vertically, horizontally and diagonally (tape to desk or teach to not turn the paper). This is an important skill needed for developing pencil control to color or write letters - especially in more refined, smaller handwriting paper.
4. Scissors skills - There are several files - easy to advanced. If students need more work, Jan has more scissors files on TPT. She has beginning files and then for more advanced files, there are "Crazy Pencil" files.
5. Circle and Write files - beginning writers often have trouble composing, spelling or coming up with sentence structure. They may also have trouble with knowing capitalization on punctuation rules. Students can circle the picture/words to form a sentence. Then can copy words on handwriting paper (included with file). An instructor can use their own handwriting paper or unlined paper. Glue both sheets to construction paper for a project. Jan has more files with 70 sentences or so on TPT called "Picture Word Sentences".
6. Cut and Write sentences - Cut out the picture word cards and paste in order to form a sentence. This is perfect for students with special needs, speech therapy, or for beginning writers. Ask students: "Find the card with the upper case letter". "Find the card with the period - that is the end of the sentence. Then copy the sentence onto the printable handwriting paper (included) or use your own handwriting paper. Jan has more files on TPT called "Cut and Write" files, in many different themes.
7. Squirrel activity - Read a simple story about squirrels. Then complete a fill in the blank worksheet on simple squirrel facts. There is also a page to label the parts of the squirrel. Perfect for students with autism or special needs who need differentiation activities.