OT Month Coloring Contest
To celebrate Occupational Therapy Month, Wellesley Pediatric OT will be holding it's first coloring contest for children of all ages and all levels of fine motor skill! Please look at the activities below to learn how to adapt coloring page for a child's skill level or just to add a little more excitement to fine motor activities! If your child would like to participate in our coloring contest, please download either of the images below and send in your child's artwork to our address found on our contact page on this site by April 28th, 2017. There will be multiple categories including most creative, best use of colors, and most imaginative. Please include your child's name and phone number or email address on the back of the sheet so we can contact you if your child is one of the numerous winners. Many prizes will be awarded!
Watercolor Pencil Art
Watercolor pencil art is great for children that have limited fine motor strength and endurance. These pencils allow children to work on placing pigment within a designated area, but doesn't require the child to fill in every blank space. Ask the child to simply color what they can and then follow up with a paintbrush or Q-tip that has been dipped into water to blend color over blank areas. The results are beautiful!
Wax Craft Stick Boundaries
Use wax craft sticks as a border for coloring in order to help children "stay within the lines" because the wax acts as a reminder that children can both see and feel.
Note: Make sure to press wax sticks down on paper firmly to prevent it from sliding when coloring.
Dot Marker Art
Dot markers are great for a child who is just developing fine motor control. Dot markers do not require a child to make precise small movements within their hand. However, they can facilitate growth in eye-hand coordination by having the child place the dot marker onto a designated circle. There are many themed dot marker printables available online for your convenience.