Photo coursey of Advance for OT and Donna shaman
The article - Building Skills By Building Toys in Advance for Occupational Therapists. Occupational therapist Donna Shaman explains the therapeutic benefits when children make their own toys. Many of the toys are made of recycled materials (hence my big interest) such as cardboard, styrofoam and a tofu container. The activities promote sensory and motor goals ( since the projects are 3 D), social and play skills and develop cognitive learning (i.e. literacy) since many of the toys have signs on them to read.
Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L author of, The Recycling Occupational Therapist