Here’s a shot from last week when we were working on the letter N. We did our usual alphabet letter in painter’s tape on our Pergo, and I had the Littles hold about five nickles in their palm of their dominant hand. They had to use only the fingers and palm of that hand to move the nickel (N is for nickel) between their thumb and index finger and then place it on the N. This type of activity is the easiest I know for getting those little hands into a perfect Pincer grasp. Another occupational therapy at home idea for our kiddos struggling or practicing fine motor skills.
Oh, actually this was on my vinyl kitchen floor, not Pergo.
Anyway. . .
I recently saw a more complicated version of this activity on Pinterest. I simplified it into a spiral maze and used a black marker to ink the letters in alphabetical order on the tape. If you do this, be sure to change the direction of the letters after every new angle so that they will be facing the right direction as your child follows the tape. Show your child how to drive on the tape – he’ll get it right away. I also had the children walk the tape and say the letters as they stepped on them.
Don’t forget to get your tape up after 10 days or so and use painter’s tape, NOT masking tape. Otherwise you’ll have a much harder time.
An extradorinary little boy, the ordinary people who love him, and their journey together through the world of visual learning and speech acquisition. (And in my "free time," vintage crochet, machine embroidery, digitizing and Etsy.)