You may have some handy for your bulletin board but have you used them to draw?
OTs love to use "push pins" as a tool for fine motor skill development, especially for encouraging a pincer grasp! Read on to the find out all the great therapeutic benefits of this activity.
But first, what do you need to do?!
1. Get your templates at the Your Kids OT shop! Print them off.
2. Put a piece of paper over a cork mat.
3. Place the chosen template page over both the paper and cork mat.
4. Use a push pin to poke small holes onto the template page. Use the non-dominant hand to support the pages so that it doesn't move.
Encourage your child to pinch the push pin so that they are not squeezing too hard. They need to apply just enough pressure to poke a small hole (not too hard otherwise the push pin stays in the cork mat).
5. When all the holes for the picture have been "poked", hold the paper up to see the picture. Kids love to see their created picture and many of my OT kids have place their pictures on their bedroom windows as art!
There are so many skills that can be achieved with "push pin poke drawing"!
All these skills are needed for complex hand tasks such as writing, drawing and cutting. They are important "pre-writing" skills and can help with the development of an efficient functional pencil grasp as well as helping with the fluent control of the pencil needed for writing. Did you read my recent article about my favourite fine motor toys needed for pencil grasp and handwriting?
This activity is suitable for a wide range of ages. I have used this with preschool-age children (about 4 years of age) and primary school-age children. They have all loved it!
Supervision of the "push pin" is advisable so it may not work in a whole-class environment. You could try toothpicks or bamboo skewers instead!
This activity is so much FUN! Don't take my word for it, you will have to try it out!
Don't forget to get your templates from the Your Kids OT shop! Also available from Teachers Pay Teachers.
Have you tried "push pin poke drawing?!
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Hi, I'm Cindy and I am an Occupational Therapist. I enjoy working creatively with children to see them reach their potential. Read more about me here.
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