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Friday, May 27, 2011

Cut and paste picture puzzles

These are easy but a bit time consuming to make-however, a great activity to develop fine motor and visual perceptual skills. I first printed out a large photo to fit the size of a sheet of printing paper. Next I cut the picture into 6 squares and numbered them. I glued them to paper and photocopied so that I can use this activity repeatedly.  I made the corresponding graph with the 6 numbers. the student needs to match the numbers in order to create the finished picture shown below. then paste in place for the finished prodcut. See if they can guess what the picture is before completing the puzzle.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Having fun with clothespins

Squeezing clothespins is a great activity to strengthen fingers and develop coordination between the index and middle fingers and thumb. Pulling the pins off the mane is a fun way to engage in squeezing pins and it doesn't hurt the horse! Notice all the postural control my almost six year old client is demosntrating as he reaches for the pins.
Lots of arena designing this week at DivinityFarm as I attached my home made (knit out of trash bags) basket for tossing activities. I have a bag of weirdly textured balls (i.e. koosh, squishy etc)  all ready to use.

I made this stop sign out of a red manilla folder. I figure the octagon red shape with the word STOP is pretty basic in terms of learning to read, learn about danger and follow directions to pull/reins and stop. It will be interesting to see if our work during hippotherapy helps one of my clients learn to recognize and respond to the word STOP.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Simulated Envelopes to Label

Its easy to make simulated envelopes using cardboard or plastic. I prefer using cardboard with its natural color that is similar to the color of some envelopes. 

Placing the wider length piece of Velcro simulates placing stickers and placing the smaller piece on the top right hand corner simulates attaching a stamp.

If you need to simplify start off by using an "envelope"  with only one of the velcro shapes attached (either the label or stamp shapes).

Provide several of these to give students lots of practice on a skill that may be useful in a pre-vocational setting.