“ It shouldn’t matter how slowly some children learn as long as we are encouraging them not to stop.”
Robert John Meehan
Coloring can be difficult with some children with ASD. Fine motor skills like coloring can lead to frustrations and melt downs with children on the spectrum. This project I am sharing with you all today is a fun way to encourage coloring and work in some fine motor skills while you’re at it.
You will need:
A clean and empty plastic milk jug.
Book or use free coloring pages online that you can trace over.
Paint pens or wipe board markers.
Step 1- sit down with your child and pick out fun shapes to trace onto a sheet of paper. Depending on the level of motor skills your child is at, you may have to do this part yourself. You know your child best so pick those fun characters they may like watching or characters from their favorite books they look at. What ever they love and obsess over will help to draw them in and get their attention. The end results are that they will love practicing those coloring skills when it is something they enjoy seeing. Careful though, sometimes those obsessions that ASD children have, may lead to melt downs.
Step 2- after washing and cleaning out a plastic milk jug start cutting it apart. The plastic sheets you get from it will be used for drawing fun coloring characters onto it.
Step 3- Now that you have your sheets cut out, lay them over your tracing pages and with a black permanent marker trace around the characters.
Step 4- Cut out shapes of characters and color away.
I used paint pens but you can also use wipe board markers so you can reuse coloring characters over and over.
If you want to use paint pens then they will look pretty displayed on bulletin boards and on your child’s windows. You can add magnets to them and decorate your fridges with them as well.
Recycling plastic milk jugs into coloring sheets is a fun way to get your children involved with recycling and helping the planet. Also a great way to work on teaching colors, fine motor and speech lessons all in one. Bonus points for the fact that you won’t be wasting and throwing away any paper.
There are so many things you can use plastic milk jug pages for. Make a matching game, cards, Alphabet letters and numbers…even a colorful mobile hanging from your kids room of their favorite characters. My daughter loved space and planets. My son was obsessed at one time with trains and Sponge Bob. So get creative and remember no matter what skill level your child is at just have fun and always include them in anyway. Happy crafting everyone.
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