Occupational Therapy

Letter Writing--Cursive and Print
How to Set Up your Space
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OT Overview writing without Pencils
Links for Parents to Explore At-Home OT Ideas
Dot to Dot (PDF Below)
5 Activities before Handwriting

Occupational Therapy Activities

Proprioception Activities: Think body awareness, body positioning, pressure, etc. These activities tend to be calming and organizing.

  1. Jumping
  2. Jumping Jacks
  3. Hopscotch
  4. Long Jump
  5. Jumping Rope
  6. Hopping
  7. Pattern Hopping (i.e. hop on left foot X2, hop on right foot X2, left X3, right X3, etc.)
  8. Frog Jumping
  9. Hoop Jumping (jumping into hula hoops or into circles taped on the floor)
  10. Joint Compression
  11. Self-Massage (rub lotion or shaving cream into skin, use a massage roller on different parts of body, self-hugs, etc.)
  12. Push-Ups (typical or against a wall)
  13. Wheelbarrow walks (requires a partner)
  14. Log Rolls
  15. Sardines (This is similar to hide & seek. 1 person hides and everyone else seeks. When you find the person hiding you hide with them. The last person to find a group of hiders is the next one to hide first).
  16. Simon Says

Vestibular Activities: Think movement and balance. These activities tend to be alerting and stimulating.

  1. Swings
  2. Walking on curbs
  3. Standing on 1 foot
  4. Yoga
  5. Imitation of postures (this could also be considered proprioception)
  6. Spinning (Be careful this can get overstimulating fast.) Office chairs and lazy susans are great ways to implement spinning.

Tactile Activities: Think about the senses of touch/feel. These activities tend to great warm-ups before writing tasks.

  1. Finger painting
  2. Shaving cream play
  3. Playdoh
  4. Slime (try making it)
  5. Tactile Bin (Use a shoebox or plastic bin filled with rice or beans or fake snow or Orbees. Add small items (paperclips, marbles, beads, etc.) to it and have the child find the items. If they have their eyes closed, it is even more of a tactile experience.)
  6. Identifying Objects with their eyes closed (Put items in box or bag where they can’t see them.) Have them find objects you request (crayon, pencil, toy, ball, shape, etc.) or have them pick up an item and describe it to you or tell you what it is before they take it out.)
  7. Sand writing or shaving cream writing

Gross Motor Activities: Think about big muscles for big movements...imagine PE!

  1. Sports
  2. Tag
  3. Basketball (doesn’t have to be an actual game. Focus on specific skills: dribbling, shooting, passing, etc.)
  4. Baseball (specific skills: throwing, catching, batting, running, etc.)
  5. 4 square
  6. Climbing (walls, trees, bouldering, etc.)
  7. Tug of War
  8. Relay races
  9. Following the Leader
  10. Swimming
  11. Martial Arts
  12. Dance (put music on and dance. Even the Hokey Pokey is great)
  13. Duck Duck Goose
  14. Musical Chairs

Fine Motor Activities: Think small muscles for small movements:

  1. Coloring
  2. Cutting (they can cut playdoh, paper). It doesn’t have to be cut out actual shapes. They can make confetti out of the recycling. Have them cut out things they want from ads. Make it fun
  3. Mazes
  4. Dot-to-Dot
  5. Writing (Give them a book to write or draw whatever they want. Have them write words that start with each letter of their name. Have them write words in specific categories)
  6. Card Games (Uno, Crazy 8’s, etc.)
  7. Jenga
  8. Board Games (with pieces they have to manipulate)

Activities of Daily Living:

  1. Make the bed
  2. Shoe tying
  3. Make an X with the laces
  4. 1 lace goes under the X
  5. Pull tight (a favorite part)
  6. Make Loop (1 way)
    1. Make 2nd Loop
    2. Make an X
    3. 1 loop goes under X
  7. Unlooped lace goes around the loop (loop is a tree, unlooped is a snake) (2nd way)
    1. Snake sees finger and bites it (lace goes through hole)
  8. Pull tight
  9. Practice Fasteners (buttons, snaps, zippers, etc.)
  10. Cooking (supervised)
    1. Stirring
    2. Spreading (peanut butter, jam, mayo, etc.)
    3. Making a sandwich
    4. Putting ingredients in
    5. Cracking eggs
    6. Pouring (milk, water, vanilla, etc.)
    7. Cutting (sandwiches, using cookie cutters, pizza cutter, etc.)

Fun Things to Do:

  1. Make a race track on the floor with electrical tapes or masking tape. Run toy cars on the track
  2. Scavenger hunt. Hide items around the house. Give them a list of what to find or how many of something there is to find
  3. Blanket/Pillow Fort. Build it and then have activities to do inside of it
  4. Outside Bingo (make a bingo board with items you can see outside either on a hike- cow, leaf, frog, etc.- or in the car to a destination- stop sign, blue car, McDonalds, etc.- Let them mark of items as they see them.
  5. Alphabet Search
    1. Look for items that start with each letter of the alphabet
    2. Look for objects or things that look like each letter of the alphabet (gate looks like an X,
    3. Think of characters from Disney or Superheroes, etc., for each letter of the alphabet

These activities give a wide variety of sensorimotor experiences for students. Use them as breaks from remote learning. They will help with maintaining motor abilities and improving sensory processing in a multitude of areas. This is by no means an all-inclusive list and we will continue to add in ideas and tools.