Work on precise fine motor control, distal finger control, finger isolation, tripod grasp, drawing small and controlled, spatial relations, visual closure, eye-hand coordination
In the tin: 3 small ink pads, 10 colored pencils, 10 small stampers
I love this small set for making whimsical fingerprint animals. This set is specifically bugs, but I also use the Ed Emberley books along with these small ink pads. This is an activity that I use with kids who write large or don't have the distal control to make rounded letters. The ink pads are 1.25" X 1.25" - just the right size for a single fingerprint - and are red, green, and blue. I just started using the ink pads so don't know if they are subject to drying out or how long they will last. I will come back and update. To make a bug, press your finger on one of the colored inkpads and press it onto a piece of paper. The print comes out very visible. Then you can add stamper details to your fingerprints and/or you can draw details with the included colored pencils. The stampers included are eyes, antennae, wings, shell, leaf, and a small head. I usually start by making some of the bugs illustrated on the included card (see above), and then move to making up bugs or using one of Ed Emberley's books.
- Choose a bug to draw and you and the individual each make the fingerprint. Draw one line at a time and let the individual copy you on his bug after each line.
- Stress drawing small lines and circles with control.
- Color in small dots or eyes with small circular movements.
- Use different fingertips for different sizes and shapes.
- Use spatial terms such as draw the right eye, draw the left antennae, print a leaf below the bug, etc.
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