Want to help kids build fine motor skills with a fun cootie catcher game? This Spring writing prompt activity includes fine motor benefits with a cootie catcher that kids can color, write in, and use as a writing prompt to work on handwriting skills. Print this free cootie catcher template and get started building skills! Add this resource to your Spring occupational therapy activities.
Spring Writing Prompt Cootie Catcher
This cootie catcher activity is a fine motor skills powerhouse. Kids can work on fine motor skills including:
- Folding paper
- Writing numbers, words, and sentences
Once the cootie catcher is cut out, kids can write on each space on the cootie catcher. The free printable includes a few different versions.
In one of the free printable resources, you’ll see that the cootie catcher is filled in with writing prompts. Once you go through moving the cootie catcher to open it to the center, kids can write out their response to the Spring writing prompt, working on handwriting skills.
There is also a cootie catcher with Spring images. Kids can color in these icons, working on pencil control and hand strength to color in the small areas. Then, they can write the names of the images in the center of the cootie catcher, working on handwriting.
Finally, there is a blank cootie catcher included, where kids can fill in the spaces while writing in a small space and working on the visual motor skills needed to write in the correct spaces and in the correct directions.
Fine Motor Cootie Catcher
When going through the process of creating a cootie catcher, kids can develop many fine motor skills.
- First cut out the square cootie catcher, working on scissor skills.
- Follow the directions to fold the paper along the lines. This direction-following task is a GREAT challenge in visual motor skills!
- Folding and creasing paper builds hand strength.
- Kids can write in words, numbers, and writing prompts in the cootie catcher or set it up for them!
- Opening and closing a cootie catcher builds separation of the sides of the hands, bilateral coordination, and arch development/hand strength.
- To make a handwriting challenge, sentences can include topical lists such as “Write a list of favorite foods.” or “Write a list of animals.”
- Use this challenge to practice spelling words, sight words, vocabulary words and definitions, etc.
Free Spring Writing Prompt Worksheet
Want to grab this free worksheet and work on Spring writing prompts AND fine motor skills? Enter your email address into the form below and the PDF will be sent to you.
Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.