Yes, you read that correctly…..kids play to learn critical skills that they will need throughout their lifetime. Their “occupation” or job is to play.
the slogan for occupational therapy is, “Skills for the JOB of Living.” So, a child’s occupation is to play, study, and learn.
Here are some “Out of the POCKET” activities.
on key skills which help to develop functional use of hands and bodies**
Fine-motor coordination involves tasks of the hands and fingers such as holding a writing utensil, using a fork, buttoning, and shoe-tying. It is a good idea to help your child to strengthen his fingers for these tasks.
1) Set up activities that you know he will enjoy and have success with. There are many different types of dough recipes that can be found on the internet. Make some dough and add his favorite color to it with a small amount of food coloring or add glitter. Mix two different colors of dough together and see what colors you can make. The addition of different scented oils can heighten the activity to a new sensory level. Peppermint and vanilla oils are commonly found at the grocery store. Note which scents your child prefers.
IDEAS: Games that work on fine-motor coordination include: puzzles, stringing beads, Light Bright, Pictionary, Cranium games, dominoes, Battleship, and Perfection.
IDEAS: Bingo, chess, checkers, barrel of monkeys, Connect Four, Monopoly, Thin Ice, Marble Run, Ker-Plunk, and Sorry all have items to move and manipulate with the hands.
IDEAS: Cranium Hullabaloo, Twister, hopscotch, ring toss, balloon volleyball for excellent gross motor play. Jumping on a trampoline or sports such as basketball and basketball are great ideas.