Developing Hand Skills Using Buckles

RecyclingOTPublished: July 14, 2017Updated: July 17, 20178 views
Published: July 14, 2017Updated: July 17, 2017

Opening and closing buckles is a fun way to develop eye-hand coordination, finger strength and skills to match colors. It’s quick and easy to tie fabric onto the 2 ends of a buckle. I suggest using stretchy fabric if your child or client loves the sensation of pulling and pushing. Most kids will love these activities, but those with autism or sensory processing disorders may be especially motivated to use these types of sensory materials because pushing and pulling provides sensory stimulation.
This video demonstrates how to:
*cut notches into the bottle to attach fabric strips. Then children can attach buckles onto the fabric.
*remove the bottle's bottom and punch holes around the rim to weave fabric strips. Children will love to push objects through the small openings.
*Attach buckles to the ends of a sock filled with sand or other sensory materials such as dried beans or marbles.
*make a buckle snake that grows as more and more fabric strips are added.
My son is all grown up, but loved to watch or help me make fine-motor activities for my clients when he was little boy. He would have loved playing with these materials, so try this out with the children or clients in your life! Learn more at

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