OT Activity of the Day:
Writing and tactile play
Target Age Range: 6 and up
This is a great handwriting and tactile activity for kiddos. It's fun and works on so many different skill sets at the same time. First you'll need a dark bag of some sort and then you can walk around the house and place random but identifiable items in the bag. The object of this game is to then have your child stick their hand in the bag and grab an item. Have your child think about what that object feels like, they can write down their tactile observations, and then guess what that item may be.
This works on the child's ability to use their tactile sense only to identify something. This skill is important because it is the same skill children need when digging around in their backpack or desk for an item. Not only that but this activity expands on their ability to use descriptive language, critical thinking skills, and writing. If you have a group of children you can subtract the writing portion and have one child describe what they're feeling to the other children who then have to guess what the object might be.