OT Activity of the Day:
Target Age Range: 3 and up
This activity targets two separate skill sets: throwing (object manipulation) and fine motor manipulation. And what better way to work on these skills than to have a "snowball" fight!
I understand not wanting to waste perfectly good paper, so please feel free to use magazines, old newspapers, and scrap paper! The first step is making the "snowball". Try having your child rip the piece of paper in half first, a great way to practice wrist/forearm rotation. Next have you child ball up the paper. For an added fine motor manipulation challenge, have them ball up the paper with just one hand! Once you have all the "snowballs" you need, you're ready to go!
When your child is throwing, try having the focus be on overhand and underhand tossing. With both tosses, demonstrate trunk rotation and using opposing leg and arm positions. This is a fun way to work on your child's object manipulation skills while inside or outside!