Now that the calendar is changing to spring, more road trips may be on the horizon for your young students and their families. How can you help parents to pass the time with kids cooped up in the car, while also creating opportunities to further develop visual motor skills?
Here are some simple activities that work well, both at home and on the go:
Matching Nuts & Bolts
Use five matched sets of nuts, bolts and washers. Push the bolts up through a piece of cardboard and tape small magnets to the bottom, to hold washers and nuts onto the finished project. Then, tape another piece of cardboard onto the bottom so none of the pieces gets lost.
- Trace around the washers to give children a visual clue as to where to store them while they’re working, and as an additional matching game.
- Add dots to indicate the storage locations for the nuts.
- All the loose pieces can be kept in a baggie when not in use, but magnets help keep pieces from getting lost in the car while kids are playing.
Take an empty paper towel roll, and then write letters on dot stickers and scatter them on it. The idea is to add stickers with letters that match those on the roll – or pole. Use simple shapes for children who are too young to know their letters.
Threading is a great way to improve visual motor strength. Start with a clean can. Put circle stickers on then punch holes in the lid/stickers for threading.
- Cut pipe cleaners in matching colors into thirds for threading through the holes, into the can.
- Cover the outside of the can with plain white paper. Put additional stickers inside the can, so kids can decorate their own cans. Have some fun with this by using themes for each can, such as springtime, a child’s favorite superhero, or the destination to which you are traveling or sites you’ll see along the way.
- Glow sticks can be placed in the can – or even threaded – for after-dark travel. The light will glow through the holes in the lid, and kids can make stars on the ceiling of the car. (Hint: Mom and Dad may even want to try this one! It’s that much fun!)
Also available are button snakes, geoboards with shape cards, and various other activities that – with just a little time and creativity – parents can assemble to help kids pass the time while traveling and build skills at the same time.
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