OT Activity of the Week: Building Blocks as Therapy Tools
[Source: Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips]
Are you looking for inexpensive items to include in your therapy “bag of goodies?” Are you a parent that is tired of spending the BIG bucks on therapy equipment and supplies for your child? Well, if you have $20.00 to spend, I have a recommendation for you! This 100-piece wooden block set is available on Amazon for $18.95, and it is one of my favorite therapy “tools.”
Basic building blocks are a dream come true to an occupational therapist! Here is a list of block activities and the skills each activity addresses:
- Copy the Design– Build a block design that is a “just right challenge” for your child to copy. This activity addresses grasp and release skills, eye-hand coordination, and visual perceptual skills. It’s also a wonderful way to learn about colors and shapes.
- Build a Tower– Stacking block to make the tallest tower possible is a fun activity for all children. This task addresses eye-hand coordination, skilled release and placement, and visual motor skills.
- Count Down– When stacking the blocks, be sure to count each one as it’s placed to work on those math skills!
- Race Time– Time your child while stacking the blocks or building a particular structure. He’ll have fun racing to beat “his time.” Working against the clock will address your child’s motor planning skills and coordination.
- Tunnel Time– Make several tunnels using the blocks, then practice rolling a marble through the tunnels without “bumping” the blocks. This activity is also good for motor control and planning, and it’s will challenge her spatial skills.
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