A pediatric occupational therapist.

OT Activities

Fine Motor
  1. Games such as Thin Ice, Ants in the Pants, Cooties, Lite Bright,Battleship, Trouble
  2. Use tongs, chopsticks, tweezers to pick up snacks such as cheetos, chips, pretzels (be creative- will also work on grading pressure)
  3. Cut slit in tennis ball, kids can draw on the face, use slit as a mouth-feed your new friend beads, candies, pegs
  4. Hide small objects in large ball of play-doh, have kids try and find them (also works on tactile processing)
  5. Create sticker chart or sticker book using small stickers, have children remove and place them independently
  6. Fuitloop necklace- have kids place cereal on string using fun cereals, place on neck, can eat afterwards
Visual Motor/Visual Perceptual
  1. Balloon volleyball, have kids use hands or racquets, tie up a net or string, practice hitting back and forth
  2. Bubbles- great for tracking, kids love to pop them, works on oral motor skills when blowing them
  3. ABC water game- write alphabet in mixed up order using sidewalk chalk, kids can help make ABC’s , call out a letter, use squirter bottle or water gun to spray letters (make sure to use both hands)
  4. I Spy - call out a color, have kids spray objects of that color with squirter bottle or water gun
  5. Play games such as badmitton, fling toss, tee ball
  6. Hot potato with water balloons
  7. Create mazes/connect the dots (numbers or ABCs) with sidewalk chalk - have the kids move through them with their body (different positions - jumping, skipping, crab walking, one foot) then have them use sidewalk chalk to complete themselves- have them create one for you
  1. Create obstacle course both inside and outside (use cushions, chairs, couches, playground equipment, benches, tables - go over, around, under) – have writing or coloring activity at end or in the middle, can use sidewalk chalk, paper/pencil, shaving cream)
  2. Shaving cream, tray of sand, salt, rice, pudding- write words, draw what they wrote, practice letters, name, numbers
  3. Use play-doh, molding clay, etc make letters, numbers, words (flatten and write or roll into letters/numbers)
  4. Go to playgrounds, amusement parks, fairs
  5. Take classes such as tennis, karate, gymnastics, dance, swimming
  6. Finger paint letters, pictures, words
  7. Use an air-mattress as a tumbling area
  8. Wrap child up in sleeping bags, blankets, roll them around


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