For a quick and easy Thanksgiving activity for kids that works on fine motor skills, try putting craft feathers in the holes of a colander!
This puts a twist on the classic Pipe Cleaner Colander activity. All you need is a cheap ol’ colander (dollar store works great) and a bag of craft feathers (got mine at Michaels Craft Store for 2 bucks).
This is such a simple fine motor activity that helps kids practice hand-eye coordination, bilateral coordination (working with one hand while stabilizing with the other), and grasping skills. And as an added bonus, it literally takes only seconds to set up!
Children older than about 3 years are expected to be able to grasp the feathers with their fingers in a tripod grasp (mostly holding with thumb and index finger), as pictured below.
This fine motor skills activity will also give kids the chance to practice isolating their index finger as they curiously push the feathers all the way through the holes and see where they go. This has been a great fine motor activity to use in therapy, as well as with my preschooler at home and in the high chair with my 1 year old when I need a few minutes to get something done in the kitchen!
I hope you get the chance to try this idea out before Thanksgiving is over and you have to wait until next November!