With father’s day around the corner, Aliza and I decided to start working on our crafts a little early! This craft involved great fine motor skills for toddlers!
Sitting 90-90-90: Ergonomics of a Child’s Work Space!
Before I get into the craft I wanted to show you guys Aliza’s new work space! I felt guilty having her sit on our dining room table to craft because ergonomically, I knew it was wrong. I know I am nuts, but there is reasoning behind my craziness. There have been findings that incorrect seating positions affect fine motor skills. By incorrect positions, I mean, a child sitting in an adult size chair, with their feet dangling and not flat on the floor. As a therapist we follow the 90-90-90 rule. 90 degrees hip flexion, ninety degrees knee flexion and feet flat on the floor with 90 degrees ankle flexion. Their desk should be 2-3 inches above their elbow and their shoulders should be relaxed.
If you notice your child gets tired doing homework or their work is messy, take a look at their work space! Try modifying their environment to get them in the correct position. If their feet are dangling, place a step stool, books or a crate under their feet for a stable base. A child with low muscle tone like Aliza may exert too much energy just to sit up straight in their chair and may not be able to complete the required work! That’s why I got her this fabulous kids table to help create a better work space for her while she completes all these wonderful activities! Get your table here <—
Fine Motor Activity for Father’s Day!
For this activity you will need a few simple things!
- One paper plate
- Black Sticker Letters or Colored Sticker Letters
- Red glitter foam sheets (love this variety pack)
- Stickers of choice
- Yellow marker
- Hole puncher
First color the bottom of plate with your yellow marker! This is a great time to show your little one how to color. I did a lot of hand over hand with Aliza to help show her the movement of coloring. It was a nice big surface, so staying in the lines did not matter! Check out that grasp! 😉
Next, apply “Worlds Best Dad” stickers. I added a X 2 since my hubby is a dad of two little princesses! You can try to have your toddler do this step if you don’t mind the crooked letters 🙂
Fine Motor Skills
Now have your little one fill it up with stickers. This is a great fine motor exercise for those little hand muscles. I loved watching Aliza try and figure out how to get the stickers off the paper. She tried to scratch them off, she folded the paper to peel them off and sometimes she asked for help. She showed great problem solving skills, plus this really challenged those fine motor skills.
More Fine Motor Skills
She then applied them all over daddy’s metal! She visually scanned her whole surface and knew not to cover up the message for daddy! Aliza loves anything that has to do with stickers so this was a great activity for her!
Once she finished the stickers, I helped her cut the red ribbon. Tape the ribbon to the back of the plate and punch two holes on the top. Put your string through the holes and tie a bow! I placed the medal around Aliza’s neck and let her walk up to daddy with it on! His face was priceless!
Aliza was so excited to give it to him and you better believe he wears that metal loud and proud because he truly is THE WORLD’S BEST DAD X 2!!
WE LOVE YOU DADDY <3 Aliza & Gianna
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