Hey Mommies! If you’re looking for a fun and simple holiday craft to do with your kiddos, check out this one!
Fine Motor Bingo Dauber Christmas Tree Activity
What you’ll need:
- Christmas Tree Coloring page. I just did a Google search and chose this one.
- Bingo Daubers (You can sometimes find these at your local WalMart or get a whole package on Amazon!)
- Scissors (optional)
This seems like an incredibly easy activity, but it actually works on a variety of fine motor and developmental skills.
First, a child must practice opening and closing the twist top lids of the bingo daubers. This is great for fine motor, bilateral coordination, and motor planning.
Next, the activity works on staying in a guideline. The goal is to keep the daubers inside the Christmas tree. This challenges visual motor and visual perceptual skills to be able to stay within a boundary. This helps build coloring skills and line awareness for handwriting.
Depending on the skill level of your child, you can have them cut out the tree or just leave it on the whole sheet of paper. If you choose to have your child cut it out, you will be working on scissor skills and bilateral coordination.
You can also work on name writing by having your child trace or write their name on their paper or back of the tree if they cut it out. This gets in some practice with grasp on writing utensils and name writing.
Finally, this activity provides a great opportunity to build language and practice colors.
You can work with your child on making choices by holding up two colors and asking which they would like. You can work on receptive language (understanding when someone speaks) by asking your child to pick out or point to a certain color dauber. (Example: Get the red dauber. Or, Point to the orange dauber.) Finally, you can work on expressive language (the ability to speak) by having your child verbalize or sign the names of colors. (Example: Hold up a color and ask “What’s this color?”)
So as you can see, this very simple fine motor bingo dauber Christmas tree activity is actually so much more! A great way to have some holiday fun with your kiddos and build a variety of skills!
By: Emily Bettis, MOT/L
Emily Bettis, MOT/L is a pediatric occupational therapist and mother. She has been working with children birth-5 since 2008 and has been a mother since 2013. Emily is the founder and author HeyMommies.com