Many families may have plastic Easter eggs around the house this week. These provide great opportunities for fine motor development for all ages. For older babies, they will enjoy pulling them apart, which targets hand
grip, coordination and strength. For toddlers and preschoolers, they will enjoy taking them apart and putting them back together. There are a variety of games you can play with the eggs that requires your child to open and close them. Here are a few: color matching tops and bottoms, find the toy (hide a toy inside one of 3 or 4 eggs and your
child has to open the eggs until they find the toy), scavenger hunt (place picture clues inside hidden eggs throughout the house to lead them to a final destination), snack time (place snack items in the eggs at snack time), hidden money (place coins in the eggs and then encourage your child to place the coins in a piggy bank: also a fantastic fine motor task). If you have a fun game or idea involving plastic Easter eggs, we’d love to hear about it!
~Sarah Eller, occupational therapist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist