The ECLE manual contains numerous activities to use to enhance seven aspects of a child's small muscle coordination: scissors grasp, radial-digital grasp, inferior and fine pincer grasp, turning of wrist, assembly skills, pre-writing skills, and coordination of general skills. A few examples are listed below.
Salt Shaker Fun (Inferior and Fine Pincer Grasp)
Materials Needed - Salt shakers and toothpicks.
Bean Bag Play (Turning of Wrist)
Materials Needed - Bean bags for every child.
Paper Clip Chains (Assembly Skills)
Vegetable Prints (Radial-digital Grasp)
Note: The child should pick up the halved vegetables between the thumb and finger tips to dip into the poster paint.
Extra slices of vegetables should be served to the children before making the vegetable prints. This enables the children to taste the food before they begin to paint.
Materials Needed - A variety of vegetables cut in half such as green peppers, celery, carrots, potatoes, leeks, egg plant, and acorn squash. Thickly mixed poster paint. Use bright colors such as red, magenta, yellow, orange, blue, red for the paint. Plates for poster paints. White construction paper. Plastic aprons for the children.
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