OT Activity of the Day:
Right and left identification
Target Age Range: 4 and up
There are so many ways to teach and practice identifying right versus left, it's hard to pick just one to highlight. Here I'm focusing on teaching the concept with paper and markers!
First trace your child's hands and then label the hands respectively. This label doesn't have to be words, it can be as simple as the right hand has an "R" next to it or beside the left hand is a sticker. Next give your child simple, or complex, directions such as color the right thumb green or the left index finger purple. (In addition to working on right and left ID, you are also practicing color/letter ID and following simple or complex directions) As with other activities, switch up who is giving the directions for added entertainment!
Here are some other ways to work on right versus left: Hokie Pokie, Twister, and Simon Says. I have done all these activities in one on one sessions as well as groups. They tend to be big hits!