This bright and colorful fine motor activity for kids encourages development in both hands. So many activities focus on only the child’s dominant hand, but why? In life, we use both hands for virtually everything that we do, all day long. For kids to properly function on a daily basis, they need to build strength and precision in both hands. This simple activity encourages the use of both hands, with the simple flip of a clip.
Materials: (affiliate links below)
- colorful spring clips
- 12 inch ribbon strip (2 inches wide, any color)
For this activity there is no magic number of clips to use. You can use as many as you think your children will tolerate. Although matching clips are cute, it is certainly not a requirement for the activity. In fact, all of your clips don’t necessarily have to be the same kind. As long as you have at least 10 clips that pinch to open, you will have enough for the activity. If you do want matching clips, like the ones in the picture, the link above is an excellent resource.
To use the activity, have the kids pinch a clip with their dominant hand, first, and clip it onto the ribbon. If they struggle at first have them clip a few more with their dominant hand until they get the hang of it. Then, have your kids start alternating hands and clipping the clips to opposite sides of the ribbon. This, of course, requires them to flip the clip around, which is where the activity gets its name.
Letting kids achieve success in the beginning, by first using their dominant hand, sets them up for success throughout the rest of the activity. Their confidence will carry over when they are using their non-dominate hand, which is a more difficult task.
Continue clipping down both sides of the ribbon, alternating hands, until all the clips are gone. If your kids are struggling with the activity, they may find it easier to clip onto a more sturdy surface, such as a long strip of cardboard. A completed strip will look something like this.
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