Sea Animal / Ocean FUN Coloring Pages! Promote grasp development and a tripod grasp. Promote fine motor skills! Perfect for early childhood, kindergarten, first grade, home school. Written by an occupational therapist, Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR from The Handwriting Clinic/First Strokes. 40 coloring pages! 20 simple, 20 with designs! Includes instructions for creative ideas for coloring skills. Recommend also downloading the freebie from Teachers Pay Teachers entitled: Teaching Grasp on a Pencil from an Occupational Therapists Perspective. Then use these coloring pages over coarse sandpaper. This sea animal file includes information for how to promote wrist stabilization! Older students can color and use with projects, book reports, or anything ocean themed!
- 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 writing tools.
- Improve eye hand coordination to color using wrist stabilization and isolated finger movements.
- Tripod grasp development
- Coloring 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 two types of coloring pages
1. Simple preschool coloring page – very simple picture with thick border to allow children to color within a border.
2. Design coloring page – 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.