OT Activity of the Day:
Feed the monster!
Target Age Range: 3 and up
I have been waiting until I had an empty tissue box to use for this activity. And thanks to the sudden impact of allergy season, that time has come! This activity is two-fold. You get to create your "monster" and you and your child can be as creative as you want (great time to use glue, paint, markers, crayons, etc...). And then you can pick how and what you feed the monster. I'm using poms, but feel free to use cheerios, cotton balls, balls of paper, etc... Here are some ways that I will use this activity:
1. I will have some children use tongs-great way to work on improving fine motor strength and manipulation.
2. I will have some children use scissors tongs- great way to work on improving fine motor manipulation and scissor use.
3. I will have some children use a spoon- nice way to work on upper limb stability and wrist/forearm rotation.
4. I will have some children pick up the poms with their fingers- great way to work on a pincer grasp.
5. I will have some children rip paper and ball it up and then feed the monster- great way to work on pre-cutting, wrist forearm rotation, pincer grasp and bilateral coordination.
6. To add an element of fun I may use some dice and see how many poms a spoon or scissor tongs can hold.
Feel free to use these ideas or others! Enjoy!