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Fine and Gross Motor Group Idea – Activity Balloon Bat

activity balloon bat - www.yourtherapysource.com/blog1Here is a very simple make and take that include fine motor skills, gross motor skills and eye hand coordination skills.

You will need a paper plate, paint stirrer or large craft stick, markers and a balloon for each child.

Ask the children to think of physical activities that they can complete on their own at home ie swinging, jump rope, hopscotch, dance, shoot hoops, etc.  Go around the table and ask each child for their ideas.  With each suggestion, the children write down the idea on his/her own plate.  When done attach the paint stirrer to the back of the plate.  Blow up the balloons.  The children can practice hitting the balloon up in the air.  See how many times they can hit the balloon before it falls to the floor.

To work on body awareness, mark off an area.  Tell all the children to hit the balloons in the air within in the contained space.  They can hit their balloons but not each other.  When the kids can do it, make the contained space smaller.  Have the children repeat the game continuing to hit the balloon and no one else.

When done, the children can take the activity home.  Now they can practice eye hand coordination skills and when done will have lots of ideas for more physical activities.


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Motor Magic – Turn Fine Motor Activities into Gross Motor Activities –  This is an electronic book (37 pages) of 25 fine motor activities followed by 25 gross motor activities. Each set of activities includes a fine motor project that is then used for a gross motor activity.Find out more at   http://www.yourtherapysource.com/motormagic.html