OT Activity of the Day:
Target Age Range: 4 and up
This is a great way to target tactile discrimination. Why is this important? This is the skill you use to grab something from your desk, back pack, or purse without using your eyes. For some kiddos, this skill is not a given and needs to be worked on. These are the kiddos who have to pull everything out of their desk or back pack in order to locate one item.
The best way to boost success is to talk about the items before they go into the stocking. What is everything? How does each item feel? If I'm looking for the block, what do you think I should feel for?
For the younger kiddos you can have them simply reach their hands into the stocking and guess what it is they have in their hand before they pull it out. For the older kiddos, give them a specific item they are looking for, so they have to use more of their problem solving and tactile discrimination abilities.