By Sara Niver
Check out this awesome holiday craft to work on bilateral hand coordination, pincer grasp, and cutting/snipping! This pie craft could be used for Thanksgiving or Christmas!
What you need:
- Paper: orange (pumpkin), red (cherry/apple), purple/blue (mixed berry)
- Scissors (adaptive or regular)
- Thin cardboard (for the crust)
- Glue stick and/or squeeze glue
- cotton ball/ pom-pom (whipped cream)
- Cinnamon or allspice
What this craft promotes:
- bilateral hand coordination (cutting, tearing paper, using a glue stick)
- hand strength (squeezing the glue bottle, ripping paper)
- endurance (cutting for a sustained amount of time)
- grading force (on the amount of glue put down)
- pincer grasp (tearing paper)
- distal control (if you chose to ball up the torn pieces of paper)
- crossing midline (set supplies to the left or right of child)
How to grade the activity up:
- Give the child multi-step directions before the craft.
- Have the child fold the paper in half several times, then cut the folded lines, and then cut the small pieces out.
- Have the child cut on thicker cardboard for increased hand strength.
- Have the child cut the small pieces and then roll them up into a ball.
How to grade the activity down:
- Use paper for the “crust” instead of cardboard (less resistance).
- Have the crust cut out (if the child can only snip)
- Have the rows for snipping pre-cut for the child.