The Sensory Bounce Therapy Blog:
Fun Indoor Sensory Activities
Part 5 of 9: Fun with scissors (no running involved)
Cutting corners — and other shapes too: crafts that utilize scissor skills
Here are ideas for some classic projects that put your child’s growing familiarity with scissor skills to good use:
Drinking straw necklace
The classic introductory kids’ craft! Simply snip different colored drinking straws into ‘beads’ and then thread them onto string or cord to make necklaces. In addition to the fine motor skills involved in cutting, your child is also practicing threading.
Different colored drinking straws
String or cord
How to / tips:
— Encourage your child to cut the straws into fairly even lengths
— Cut a length of string or cord slightly longer than the desired length of the necklace (be sure it’s long enough to fit over the head of the person who’s going to be wearing it)
— Tie a knot at one end that is bigger than the openings of the straw, to prevent the ‘beads’ from falling off the bottom
— Tip: If your child wants to follow a pattern when he is threading the straw ‘beads,’ it makes it easier to put the different colors in separate containers
— When she’s finished threading the straw ‘beads,’ tie the ends of the string together for a statement necklace!
Threading the ‘beads’ in an alternating color pattern is a great sequencing activity (early math skill)
Paper plate lion stick puppet
Markers and/or crayons
Glue or glue stick
Optional: yarn or elastic
— Cut out construction paper shapes for the eyes, nose and mouth
— Glue them onto the plate
— Use markers and/or crayons to finish the face
— Snip around the edges of the plate to make the mane
— Glue the craft stick to the back of the plate
— The lion puppet is ready to roar!
— To make the lion into a mask, instead of cutting out construction paper shapes for the lion’s eyes and nose, help your child mark on the back of the plate where his own eyes and nose would be, and cut out those shapes from the plate
— Add a mouth with marker or crayon (if she cuts out too many shapes, the plate may fall apart), as well as whiskers, etc.
— Staple elastic (to stretch over his head) or yarn (to tie behind his head) to the edges of the plate to hold the mask on to his face
— Beware your king of the jungle!
— Tip: Put heavy tape over the staple ‘points’ so they don’t come loose and scratch your child
Another classic craft.
And another classic — folded paper snowflakes
— Follow one of the simple videos below
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All the best,
Miriam Skydell MS, OTR/L is a pediatric OT with 30 years experience and a strong commitment to empowering every child with the skills, confidence and emotional stability necessary for a meaningful, independent life. In addition to her Masters degree from NYU (1986) and membership in the AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association), Miriam is a licensed Interactive Metronome®, HWT (Handwriting Without Tears®), and TLP (The Listening Program®) provider.
Miriam performs preschool screenings, contracts experienced OTs, PTs and STs to schools, helped implement the HWT curriculum, and lectures extensively for parent and support groups and at teacher conferences for public and private schools throughout New Jersey. Through her private practice in Fair Lawn, Miriam Skydell and Associates, established in 1995, Miriam has helped countless children with a wide range of diagnoses improve functional living skills, manage the impact of sensory processing dysfunction, and meet their individual potentials.
In 2013, Miriam developed the Sensory Bounce® Therapy program for children with special needs, including autism, to receive therapy in a fun, natural play environment which their typically-developing peers often enjoy. In a stimulating indoor inflatable bounce facility, an experienced therapist works with small groups of children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing difficulties, and other delays. Children learn to build their motor and social skills in goal-oriented therapy play sessions, classes, after school programs, and winter and summer camps. Simultaneously, parents meet in a separate space to share common experiences and support each other. Miriam takes pride in providing a nurturing, caring environment where children and their parents feel safe and secure to explore, take risks and overcome challenges.