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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Visual motor activities using Paper towel tubes




There's 2 visual motor activities on Your Therapy Source web site that I like using a paper towel tube. One uses a towel tube such as this with an opening that shows a a bead inside. The child has to control the tube, keeping it level in order to see the bead through the opening. This is great for bilateral hand use, motor control and visual fixation.

I have done an activity similar to this one using a clear plastic tube. I drew two lines near the center and asked the child to keep the bead or superball inside the lines by balancing the tube- first while stationary, then while walking.

http://www.yourtherapysource.com/visualtubefree.html

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

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What to do with Rubber bands


I have been collecting rubber bands from newspapers and produce for some time to use in making rubber band balls with kids. I just saw an ad for a book called Rubb-Origami that has some fun ideas on things to make out of rubber bands. You can also send your old rubber bands to them and have them make a new creation (for a fee).




The authors teach how to make little people and animals out of rubber bands. Info at; smattworks.com

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

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