Monday, 6 June 2016

Sports Day Medal motor skills craft actvity



Helping kids understand or engage with sports events can sometimes be a challenge whether they have autism or not.  Why not engage them with medals, everyone likes to be a winner.  This medal making activity that we did at Me Too & Co  and for Sports Day this year has some great ways for developing motor skills.
Where as our eldest with autism can easily recite the winners of the Formula 1 Grand Prix this season (and quite a few other seasons to be honest), the some sports events require a lot of explanation.  Different events, locations etc etc.  The one consistent thing is medals.  Someone is always getting a medal. So have fun and make your own and then decide what you will win them all for. This is a great way of thinking about the different events and what kids might like to try or do too.

We used:
  • Tin foil and/or ribbon
  • Card discs (2)
  • Glue stick
  • Decorations for your medal - such as pens, feathers, foils, felt shapes, bits of wrapping paper, pens and cotton wool
Although you can use a more traditional ribbon for your medal, rolling a length of tin foil to make the 'ribbon part is really good for pinching practice and bilateral motor skills (using both hands together).  Be careful though because this can be sharp.  Glue or stick the card discs to 'sandwich' the middle of the foil band or ribbon which is another activity that uses bilateral motor skills as your kids will use one hand to hold the card and the other to glue.

Now you have your basic  medal decorate how you like.  Remember by placing the materials around the table you will also encourage your child to stretch across their midline too. Once it's done simply squash the end of the foil together to make it into a loop. This will easily come apart if needed for safety.   Make sure you use a loose slip knot if you have ribbon You may wish to try your writing skills and add a No.1? Once it's finished, wear with pride! What will yours look like?


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Our blog - Helium balloons at home motor skills and learning activity

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9 comments:

  1. We are making No 1 Dad medals with the kids this Friday for our activity hour. Always a fun activity. Kids do love a medal #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

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    1. Of course! Brilliant idea, I'll add you to the post!

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  2. Great idea! We did something similar for remembrance too :) thanks for joining #letslearn

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  3. What a wonderful idea. It didn't even cross my mind to make our own medals. We have a few birthdays coming up and this would be a lovely touch to add to a card. #HowToSunday

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  4. I need to make one of these with my little one. She's a bit upset as we did a race the other day and there was no medal and I told her there would be (oops). Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

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  5. Brilliant idea! Thanks for linking up to #JustAnotherLinky xx

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  6. Ah that's great. Baby would love one of these. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

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  7. This is a fab activity, I love that you made it with tinfoil for the string, so it comes apart easily. A great reminder about reaching across the midline too. Thanks so much for liking up to #HowtoSunday x

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