Theme threading activities
Threading and sewing involve complicated brain processes and are excellent activities to develop bilateral coordination. The left side of your brain controls the right side of your body, and the right side of your brain controls the left side of your body. When a child is “sewing” around this cereal box truck, both sides of his brain are having to give messages to both sides of his body AT THE SAME TIME. Even passing the drinking straw needle from one hand to the other involves this bilateral coordination. Add the instruction that the child has to follow the series of holes around the truck, and this activity now includes development of sequencing and motor planning (Which muscles must I move next to ensure my needle goes into the correct hole?) The little one who did the activity in the picture coped with the bilateral coordination but needs more practice with sequencing. We use the strands from butternut pocket bags as our “thread” and you can cut shapes out of cardboard cereal boxes to match whatever theme you are doing for the week.