OT Activity of the Day:
Target Age Range: 3 and up
Putting on socks can be a tricky and frustrating activity for kids and parents alike. Here's a fun way to practice and increase success!
First, grab some hair ties. You can buy some fun scrunchies or just use whatever you have around the house. If you don't have hair ties, you can use string that you have tied in a circle. Just know that hair ties work best as they mimic the elastic band of a sock.
Then have your child put as many hair ties on their foot as possible! One of the most challenging aspects of socks is making sure all those toes are in the sock. By practicing with hair ties, your child is figuring out the best way to ensure that all those toes are where they need to be.
Helpful tip: For activities like socks and shoe tying it's always best to set aside time (5 minutes at the most) during the day when you're not rushed to get out the door. During the morning rush, the stress is high and the patience is low. Not the best atmosphere for success no matter your best intentions.