OT Rating: 4.5 Stars
I am in love with Funfusion beads all over again. These are a great fine motor activity for kids aged 4 years and up (or younger, if you buy the new "biggies"). You can buy an assortment of pegboard shapes, and beads (see the new glow in the dark to the left).
Your child puts one bead on each peg and then a grownup covers it with wax paper and irons it for several seconds and WOW, you have a fun project!
Skills this activity works on: fine motor, dexterity(lots of that), color discrimination, eye hand coordination, visual motor, visual perceptual, and pincer grasp.
What I really like as a parent: they are pretty inexpensive and offer a fun and non-threatening way to make art. Even my 5 year old son LOVES them! Tip: Lay a sheet under work area so it is easier to clean up the tiny beads.
Where to buy: Michaels- Use your 40% off coupon!
I hear it every year about this time, "I wonder if I should hold back my child or if he/she is ready for kindergarten?" or "I wonder if he is on target for skills needed for kindergarten?".
To help parents, we are offering appointments to screen for kindergarten readiness skills. This is an economical way to determine if your child is on track for kindergarten readiness. The good part is that you get plenty of information for a good price...plus you will know in advance what your child may need to work on before August is here. These screenings are completed by a pediatric occupational therapist and are $120. Read more about them here or call the office to make an appointment.
About the blogger: Stephanie Wick is a pediatric occupational therapist that founded and is lead O.T. at Learning Charms.
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