Did you know you can make a fine motor pegboard using craft items like perler beads and toothpicks?
Precision handling of very small items with controlled movement is necessary for dexterity in functional grasp. To manipulate items with small motor motions, the hand needs to be in a functional position. The index and middle digits must oppose the thumb with tip-to-tip finger contact and interphalangeal joint range of motion. opening and closing the grasp on items with control is precision and allows the hand to grasp small objects from a refined area and enables the hand to release objects in a specific location.
Fine Motor Precision Pegboard
This pegboard activity is a powerhouse when it comes to precision and fine motor development. We used perler beads to create a pegboard and work on precision of grasp, release, rotation, and in-hand manipulation.
To make your own fine motor pegboard, you will need perler beads. These beads are perfect for creating customized designs and pegboards. I love these huge sets that can be used to create any tool you or your child can imagine. Make a pegboard that focuses on favorite colors or images like rainbows, hearts, or themes like Minecraft. Making the perler bead pegboard requires pincer grasp, in-hand manipulation, graded release, and eye-hand coordination to create a design.
Follow the directions in your perler bead kit and iron the beads so they melt together to create a pegboard.
Then, you can use your DIY pegboard over and over again.
How cool would it be to have a set of these pegboards in your therapy bag to work on different skills like visual discrimination, visual scanning, and visual motor integration with different colors and increasingly complex pegboard designs?
Next, use a set of toothpicks as pegs for your DIY fine motor pegboard.
Our pegboard had different colors and a black thread dividing colors. Work on eye-hand coordination by matching colored toothpicks to the colored sections of the pegboard. Work on fine motor control by placing the toothpicks only in the black beads that move in different directions.
How would you make a DIY pegboard? Let me know if you make one! I would love to see it and share it with other therapists on social media!