Lollipop Lacing Rings Develop Fine-Motor Skills
This video demonstrates how I simplified the task so that success would be easier. The client simply needs to use his or her hands to stabilize the board or strand and remove the inserted “lollipop”. The lollipop shapes may have small holes so that they can be attached to a pegboard or a larger hole that enables it to be pushed down a ring stack. Perhaps your child or client would like to string them on cord or laced on a board. Adjust the size of the holes according to the client’s or your child’s fine motor control and abilities.
I adapted the activity shown in the video to require one client to ask a peer to take the lollipop rings from him and stack them on a tall ring stack. The seated client has cerebral palsy and was working on using his hands together. He was able to slow down his requests to take the pieces and say “please” (not shown in video) as we worked with his friend to take each lollipop ring from him. This activity works on skills to improve
1) Visual attention
2) Following directions/sequencing
3) eye-hand coordination
4) using the weaker hand to stabilize materials
5) balance (when performed standing)
6) reaching/shoulder strengthening (when performed reaching to shoulder height or higher.
7) Vestibular sensory stimulation when moving high/low or across the room to place objects in containers.
8) Proprioception/body awareness to judge how much force to use to push the rings down the tall ring stack
9) Social skills to work with a peer
10) Communication skills to get the peer’s attention in an appropriate manner
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