How cute is this ghost blowing activity from CraftyMorning.com ??!My kiddos having been loving it! Blowing through a straw is a great oral motor activity to help children learn to coordinate their lips, cheeks and jaw and increase overall awareness of the oral structures. These skills are important for eating and talking. As an OT, I’m always looking for ways to add more fine motor components, so I have been putting paint into a silicone baking cup and having the child use a medicine dropper to make “blobs” of white paint onto the black paper. I also have wider straws available for kids that I anticipate having a harder time. Once the blobs of paint are blown thin enough, they glue on the eyes and the mouths. For bonus points and to make my speech therapy friends proud, we practice making “oooh” sounds while watching our mouths in the mirror ; ) Hope your little friends enjoy this one as much as mine have.
Here’s what I used:
- black construction paper
- white paint
- container for paint
- medicine dropper (for extra fine motor work)
- google eyes
Gather paint in the medicine dropper.
Make blobs on paint on your black paper.
Use a straw to blow the blob of paint to make your ghosts shape. If this is difficult, you can use larger straws or make the straws shorter. Or just blow like you’re blowing out a candle!
I used google eyes and had pre-cut ovals for the mouth.
Glue on the eyes and mouth.
The adorable finished product!