My job was to come up with a brain, a spine, ribs, a heart and the stomach/intestines.
The Stuff We Use:
- My wonderful SLPs already made the "body" with a large piece of art paper. But if you'll need this to start. What a wonderful motor planning activity - tracing a friend!
- A hole puncher
- White cardstock to print the templates on. (You could use regular paper, but you're not going to get much strengthening, and it won't hold up as well with all the "extras")
- Yarn, lanyard, shoe laces or whatever other kind of string you have lying around.
- Colored masking tape (I found tiny rolls of fun funky designs at Walmart for $1 a piece)
- A pack of color coded circle labels (I found these at Walmart for $.97)
- Tissue Paper
For the BRAIN, I made a template on cardstock. Cardstock is a great medium for hand strengthening. It's thinner than cardboard, and provides just enough resistance to provide proprioceptive feedback as well strengthening those thumb opposition muscles. Remember, when you work with thick paper, you're working on strengthening - so dial back on the precision/eye-hand coordination component - keep the cutting lines simple - straight lines, big angles and big curves. First, I had my kids cut out their brains. After they cut them out, we used colored masking tape and worked on precision and dexterity skills through ripping strips of tape off the roll and then aligning them with the "connections" on the brain.
* If you want to drive the academic point home, you can have a very basic conversation about how brain controls everything we do and write some things we do on the masking tape once they place it on their brains.
I kept it simple with this one. Again, we printed the template on cardstock and cut it out. I gave each kid a sheet of the color coding circle labels and had them peel and place the circles on the designated areas on their heart. Peeling stickers is a good way to work on fine motor precision. Every one of my kids asked for help, remember the point of the task is working on their fine motor skills, so encourage them to do it themselves!
* if you want to get cutesy, you could even write the names of people they "love" on each circle.
Again, keeping it simple. I had the kids trace their hand twice, then cut out the hands. Tracing hands is a difficult concept and requires a lot of motor planning skills. You may need to do hand over hand the first time, then have the child attempt it themselves the second time.
For the stomach, we ripped and crumbled tissue paper. The smaller you roll the tissue paper, the more precision you need. The stomach is a pretty big area, so we made pretty big chunks.
And finally, we re-used the yarn for the intestines. A great way to work on eye hand coordination skills is to draw the squiggly line with a marker, and then have the child trace over the line with Elmer's glue. After the glue was on, we carefully placed the yarn on the glue - talk about a precision task! It got pretty sticky!