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Fred the Froggy – Fine Motor Fun

By Sara Niver, OTR/L

 

 

 This little frog will have the kids smiling and ready to work on fine motor skills!


 

For some reason, kids love to “feed” things! Especially when it “talks” to them and asks them to “please feed me, I’m so hungry!” All of my kids in OT love Freddy the Frog. It’s hysterical to see the kids have so much fun with something that’s so simple to make.

 

What you need:

  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • 2 white pom-poms
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Toy flies or black pom-poms
  • Tongs
  • Empty/clean Parmesan cheese container

 

How to make it:

  1. Draw the hands and feet onto preferred colored paper and cut them out.
  2. Glue on the hands, feet, eyes, and tongue with the hot glue gun.

 

*Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect; they will all look a little different. It will be equally as cute!

 

Skills the frog can promote:

  • Fine Motor Precision
  • Finger Strength
  • Grading Finger Pressure
  • Following Directions
  • Crossing Mid-line
  • In-Hand manipulation
  • Reaching
  • Play

 

Idea’s for grading the activity:

  • Use medium sized pom-poms mixed in with small toy flies if the child has difficulty grading their pressure on the tongs (the flies can be difficult to grab a hold of at first).
  • Use squeeze bubble tongs if the child struggles with three jaw chuck tongs or regular tongs.
  • Have the child assume the prone position (on their belly) on the mat to also promote upper body strength and endurance.
  • Instead of using tongs, have the child pick up the flies with their fingers and transfer them into their hand to work on finger to palm translation! Then, have the child place the flies from their palm into the mouth with their fingers to promote palm to finger translation.
  • Move the frog in different places to promote reaching and crossing mid-line.