Every therapist loves a theme for activity inspiration and this no-fuss free Halloween printable pack is sure to keep the kids entertained while working on those fine motor skills! Have fun completing activities like counting spooky items, navigating zig zag and curvy mazes, cutting along the lines, and coloring the Bat and Halloween candy!
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The Free Halloween Activity Pack Includes:
- Count and Dot Pages (#s 1-12)
- Zig-Zag and Curved Mazes
- Beginner Cutting Lines (Straight, Zig-Zag, and Curved)
- Color by Number Worksheets (colored directions and non-colored directions)
Note: For children who cannot read the instructions on the Color by Number sheets, I recommend coloring the directions beforehand to assist them. However, I also included the same pages with colored directions just in case.
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Fine Motor Skills
My favorite way to teach counting is with coloring pages! It’s easier for them to learn how to count items one at a time and they get to refine their fine motor skills by coloring the numbers. I placed the numbers on the counting sheets in circles for those of you using dot markers but feel free to get creative! You can use regular crayons or markers to fill in the sheets or my personal favorite – finger paint!
Visual Motor Skills
The easiest way to improve visual motor skills is by completing maze activities. It’s fun and works wonders for those visual scanning and attention skills. There are 6 mazes included in the pack with increasing difficulty. Instruct the kids to remain on the gray lines (or as I like to tell them, “Stay on the road”).
Object Manipulation Skills
Cutting activities are great for teaching kids how to correctly manipulate scissors while holding onto the paper with their non-dominant hand. There are several tricks you can use to increase their accuracy of cutting. For example, cut out each individual cutting strip. Holding onto a smaller piece of paper while cutting allows for more control of the scissors. I also love using the sticker method! I place small stickers along the cutting line that the kids have to cut through (like checkpoints) before reaching the end. It helps keep their focus on the line.
Visual Scanning Skills
Color by number activities are great to practice visual scanning and number recognition. Another way to increase the difficulty of the activity is to cut off the directions and read them out loud to practice the child’s memory and listening skills! Furthermore, coloring is also a great opportunity to practice coloring within the lines.
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Have you used any of these fine motor tips before or have some of your own? I’d love to hear from you!