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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Candy Cane for Motor Planning

I rescued this plastic candy cane from the trash barrel at work. It was filled with a food treat for horses. After cleaning and scaping off the label it is perfect for an eye-hand coordination activity. It is used like a ring stack, except children need to do a little bit more motor planning to fit the ring over the curve of the cane. I can either hold the bottom so that the rings don't fall off or attach some type of barrier at the bottom with tape. This candy is thick enough to hold a vibrating squiggle wiggle pen (throw away the pen points) so that the activity becomes even more fun. Children are rewarded with holding the cane at the end of the activity.

Squiggle Wiggle Writer by Hart Toys, Colors may vary

Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L, author of The Recycling Occupational Therapist

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