Category: Perceptual Motor

Sponge Painting Handles

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"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable individuals with grasping or fine motor disabilities to participate in a sponge painting activity. To make these handles for cut-out sponges to provide a more secure grasp for painting, use a plastic dish scrubber as a knobbed handle. Cut the curled nylon scrubbing surface off the scrubber handle, and hot-glue the cut-out sponge piece on the scrubber base. If the user cannot grasp a knobbed handle, use a grill scrubbing tool or a floor scrubbing tool with a loop handle. Cut off the scrubbing material, and hot glue the sponge cut-outs to the scrubber base. Another way to approach adding handles is to locate some disposable plastic mugs (collected from fairs and other events). Cut the plastic handle off the mug and hot-glue the handle to a thin piece of plywood or laminate board. Hot-glue the sponge cut-outs to the board, and the user is ready to paint. Foam shoe insoles can be used instead of sponges for this type of activity. The insoles are much easier to cut, and the textured surface of the insoles adds an interesting dimension to the painting activity. MATERIALS: Dish, grill, or floor scrubber or plastic mug handles and a thin piece of plywood or laminate board; shapes cut from sponges or foam shoe insoles; paint. TOOLS: Hot glue gun. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. TITLE: Low End Technology For Children. WEB SITE: TechConnect, Illinois Assistive Technology Project at . REF: Ten Dollar Tech Ideas. TechConnect, Illinois Assistive Technology Project, can also be contacted at 1 West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 100, Springfield, Illinois 62701; 800-852-5110 voice/TTY, IL only; 217-522-7985 voice; 217-522-9966 TTY; 217-522-8067 Fax.


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