Fine Motor Friday: Syringes and Turkey Basters

23 Nov

In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d post an activity using some common Thanksgiving day utensils: a flavor injector and a turkey baster. These tools, along with other syringes and droppers (frequently used for dispensing medicine) make wonderful fine motor strengthening tools. I have used syringes and droppers for many different tasks. One of my favorites is to fill different size containers with water and food coloring to do science experiments and make different colors. Or use your imagination to make various magic potions, good tasting medicine, pretend juice drinks, etc. It takes strength, coordination, and control to fill the syringe/dropper and empty it over the target without spilling or overfilling. You could even draw a line on the container to practice filling to the line. Have the child use a 3-jaw chuck or tip-tip pinch to squeeze to strengthen and facilitate disassociation. Many pharmacies will give you extra syringes and droppers, or sell them to you for cheap. Have fun!

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One Response to “Fine Motor Friday: Syringes and Turkey Basters”

  1. shoes December 11, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    This makes me feel a little less strange knowing that we have two (one for each boy so there is no fighting) turkey basters in our bathtub. 🙂 I think I need to get some syringes to add to our bathtub toy collection. Any idea that is fun and will strengthen Cody’s fingers is a good idea to me! Thanks for this post, I am a little behind in my blog reading but glad I caught this one.

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