OT Activity of the Day:
Letter Tic Tac Toe
Target Age Range: 4 and up
This activity targets motor planning, impulse control, and handwriting. I used this tic tac toe board for both letters and numbers depending on what I was working on with the child. You could also add sight words or even sentences depending on the age or skill level of the child.
To play, first the child sat on the swing (some opted to lay on their bellies). I then swung the swing back and forth while counting to 5 so that they could understand how close the board would get and how far away it could get. After I counted to five, they were then free to toss the bean bag as they saw fit. Most kiddos benefited from the 5 second swing time so they could create a plan and get used to the timing and rhythm of the swing. A great way to work on motor planning and impulse control!
As the game progressed, and as letters were turned, the child had to write the letter on the dry erase board. Each kiddo was so motivated by the game and swing that they didn't mind that they had to practice their letters or numbers. The perfect way to practice handwriting if you ask me!