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Therapist Activity of the Week: Tactile Paint - featured July 9, 2010

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Thank you to our friends at OTPlan for permission to reprint this week's Therapist Activity of the Week.


This activity promotes the child visual motor skills and improves finger isolation. In addition, the child also works on processing of tactile input as he moves his fingers along the paint.

Food Coloring, Shaving Cream , Tempera Paint, Ziplock Bag


Finger Isolation, Pre-writing, Sensory Processing, Visual Motor

For this activity, use a gallon size Ziplock bag.

Place approximately 1/2 cup of tempera paint in the ziplock bag, remove air and seal. Work the paint around until it fill the bag. Have child make lines, shapes or letters by moving his finger along outside of bag.

As an alternative, you can use shaving cream mixed with food coloring instead of the tempera paint.

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Tags: Tip or Resources of Week OT Fine Motor Skills Newsletter 9 July 2010