This time of year, kids can feel cooped up indoors when the winter weather is too cold to play outside. A proprioception activity that engages children can provide calming or regulating input that is desperately needed.
Cutting paper snowflakes with heavy weight paper like cardstock, cardboard, or several sheets of paper provides proprioceptive input to the hands.
Paper Snowflakes Prorprioception Activity for Kids
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While it is difficult to cut heavy paper after it’s been folded many times into a paper snowflake, you can use two sheets of paper. Just the added layer provides a bit more work for the hands.
Try adding a few layers of tissue paper to your snowflakes. This is a great warm up activity for kids to complete before handwriting.
Read more about proprioception and the hands here.
Additional ways to provide proprioceptive input to the hands through making paper snowflakes:
Cut aluminum foil.
Use two (or more) Rainbow colored cupcake liners.
Cut thin white felt.
Make snowflakes with several paper napkins stacked up.
Cut snowflakes from wax paper.
Several coffee filters stacked up.
For our proprioception activity, we cut several cupcake liners stacked up. If you use the miniature sized cupcake liners, like we did, you can really work on scissor skills on a small scale. Fold only two cupcake liners together in half and in half again. You will end up with a triangle with a curved outer edge. Now start snipping triangles out of the cupcake liners. This activity provides proprioceptive input to the hands and is an exercise in precision in scissor skills.
These brightly colored snowflakes will add a pop of color to a dreary winter window. Simply tape them up with double sided tape. You can also tape them along a string to make a fun and cheery wintery garland. Have fun making miniature snowflakes and working on proprioception and scissor skills!
This post is part of our January Calendar activities where we’re sharing prorpioceptive and vestibular activities for each day. See all of the posts here.
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