"I grew up on a farm and I can't think of a day when I didn't hear my mom say, 'Girls, there is a load of laundry to hang out. I didn't often have the luxury of sitting around for hours watching Saturday morning cartoons. There was work to be done!' Now I can appreciate that some of that work can be made into fun activities for kids that are beneficial, too."
-- Lauren Drobnjak, PT, The Inspired Treehouse
Skill Areas Addressed (See Glossary):
- Fine motor skills
- Motor control
- Visual motor integration
What You Will Need:
- A piece of rope or a clothesline
What To Do:
- Tie the string between 2 trees, (or 2 chairs, if you are inside).
- Grab some clothespins and pieces of small clothing (socks, or baby doll clothes work great for this).
- Scatter the clothing around the room.
- Ask your child to practice opening and closing the clothespins using their "SUPER FINGERS." This may take some practice.
- After they get the hang of this, have them pick up each piece of clothing, 1 at a time with the clothespin.
- Once they have that down, ask them to walk to the clothesline and “hang it all out to dry. Make sure they are using both hands; 1 to hold the item, and the other to clip the clothespin on.
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