Pudding Painting!

Painting with pudding is so much fun!!! The best part is that if your child gets curious and puts it in their's 100% edible!!!

Now if your thinking...that sounds messy...well it is! but that's the fun in it! I do recommend that if your child still sits in a highchair, put them in their high chair and place a piece of paper on their tray. This will keep the mess to a minimum. Another fun activity is to paint in the bath tub! Just plop your child in an empty tub and give them some pudding, let them finger paint on the shower walls and all over themselves!! When it's time for clean up just simply turn on the water and rinse them and the tub off :)

This is a GREAT manipulative to improve and strengthen fine motor skills...I found this article and attached part of it to share with everyone how important it is to strengthen child's fine motor muscles!

The Secret To Making Fine Motor Skills
Activities For Children Fun

Fine motor skills activities for children are the best way to ensure proper development and practice of fine motor skills to promote the most functional use of a child's hands.

You see, normal development DEMANDS that children are able to accurately and effectively use the small muscles (intrinsic muscles) in their hands. These intrinsic muscles will be used for the rest of their lives and for essential functional activities.

Childhood is the critical time to properly develop these muscles, and I think you might be shocked at how many children Occupational Therapists see in the schools and clinics every single day who have significant delays in fine motor skills.

The building of fine motor skills in children will enable them to perform a variety of important functional tasks. These include:
# tying shoes
# zipping and unzipping
# buckling and unbuckling
# writing legibly and without significant muscle fatigue
# playing games that require precise hand and finger control
# drawing, painting, and coloring
# manipulating buttons and snaps
# putting small objects together
# doing puzzles
# making crafts
# using scissors
# manipulating small objects such as coins
# opening and closing objects
# picking up and holding onto small objects
# developing and maintaining an effective and proper pencil grip
# pinching objects between fingers
# using locks and keys
# being able to isolate finger movements (i.e., using one finger at a time, such as in playing the piano or typing)
# turning things over or turning pages of a book
# holding and using utensils properly and effectively
# screwing and unscrewing
# doing ANYTHING that requires small precise hand and finger movements

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