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“One of the concerns repeatedly raised by parents is their child’s lack of interest and willingness to engage in art activities, especially coloring, drawing and beginning writing activities. Often this is the parent of a child, typically a boy, who is very active, demonstrating greater interest in running, jumping, climbing than in sitting down to draw. It can also be the child who is reluctant to engage with art materials, such as glue or paint, due to sensory defensiveness. Or maybe the child whose limited motor coordination results in frustration and then avoidance of art activities.” – Bonnie Hacker, MHS, OTR/L from Engaging Reluctant Children in Art Play

“Using Art Therapy and other creative activities can offer unique ways for all children to gain a sense of control and mastery of their environment, grow in self-expression, self-awareness, and self-esteem.” – Pamela Ullman, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT, CCLS from Art Therapy as an Approach to Sensory Integration

Fine motor skills are essential for holding a pencil or eating utensils, turning pages while reading a book and so much more.  Children who are sensory defensive may miss out on developing motor coordination.   Get creative and consider new ways to develop fine motor skills.

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Sensory Motor Fun with Food

Taking a little inspiration from the cute video series, Veggie Tales, consider hosting a fun and unique play date or some classroom fun for the next holiday party.  Host a Veggie Tales party! Have everyone bring their own veggies and instead of or in addition to eating them, make Veggie Sculptures.

What to Gather
  • Variety of Vegetables
  • Toothpicks

Ideas
Provide a buffet of several different kinds of raw vegetables such as sliced cucumbers, carrots, celery, peppers, broccoli and cauliflower. Allow the child to use toothpicks to assemble vegetable sculptures.  Build cars, tree houses, animals and more!  Let their imaginations run wild.

Consider using marshmallows for this fun project during the winter months – Make Snowmen!