H is for HOLES

I WILL be returning to my first love soon, creating and sharing printables to help with our children’s visual learning needs.  I am especially leaning towards doing more with ASL and PEC-type boards and cards.  This week, I’m finishing up a long-term project that I’ll be sharing with you by Friday.  I would just say I’ll share it with you Friday, but I know I’ll want to share it the moment I have it finished, so I’m sticking to “by Friday.”

In the meantime . . .

This is the fun we had yesterday:

What better way to add the word “hole” to Noah’s vocabulary than to make holes, in holes! 

Activity:  Hole in a Hole Card

Supplies: 

  1. Hole punch
  2. Index card or brightly colored cardstock with the word “hole” written across it
  3. Self-adhesive hole reinforcement stickers (school/office supplies)

Directions: 

  1. Allow your child to peel off the reinforcement stickers and place them around the edge of the card.  Not only is peeling stickers fun for children, it is excellent fine motor practice.
  2. Give your child the hole punch and direct him to squeeze the hole punch to make holes in the centers of the stickers.   Make sure your child holds the hole punch in his dominant hand, and offer hand-over-hand assistance as needed.   You may also find your child needs you to hold the card for him, but make sure to start withdrawing assistance on both fronts when you suspect your child is ready.

This was the first time Noah has used a hole punch, and I was surprised by how quickly he progressed from wanting to use two hands to operate it, to accepting a little hand-over-hand assistance, to being able to punch the holes independently.  The hole punch is a great way to build up the musculature and coordination in your child’s hands, something so many of our special children need.  If you’re looking for fine motor skills work or occupational therapy that you can do at home, add this activity to the pile.

Extension Activity:  Hole punching can be used to reinforce all kinds of concepts.  I suggest you use cardstock as regular paper will be flimsy and harder to work with.   Does your child enjoy bingo dauber letters?  If you print and cut out the letters on cardstock, your child can use a hole punch where he would usually use a dauber.   You can also use a hole punch on some clothespin task cards.   Working on shapes?  Cut out shapes from cardstock and have your child punch holes around the perimeter, or use the self-adhesive reinforcements to add another dimension to fine motor work.

Whatever you do, be sure to use lots of repetitions of vocabulary like push, punch, squeeze, circles, holes, stickers.  After you are finished, make sure to go back and count holes with your child – just one more way to minimize your effort and maximize your child’s learning opportunities.

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