OT Activity of the Day:
Rainy Day Activity
Target Age Range: 2 and up
So it's raining for what feels like the 23986 day in a row here in Northern VA. Might as well take advantage of the rain and turn it into a fun activity!
All you need is a paper plate, markers, and maybe a squirt bottle if you want to cheat a little like I did. The front side of my paper plate was very glossy and the markers tend to smear on that type of surface so I flipped the plate over to use the back side. All you have to do is draw a picture, write a sentence, do both, on the paper plate and then stick that paper plate outside and watch it turn into an abstract work of art.
If your child has little patience, or would like to stay inside, you can always spray the paper plate with a squirt bottle. Just make sure to do this over some paper or a sink, the colors will drip down.
With this activity you are working on fine motor manipulation with marker use, improving hand strength if you use a squirt bottle, and improving handwriting if you opt to write.
Then let the plate dry and ta-da, an abstract masterpiece. Enjoy!