Cutting/fine motor manipulation/imagination: OT Activity
1. Take dinosaur post-it or other random animal paper. Child cuts across animal.
2. Child is veterinarian and fixes animal. (Skim over the fact we were directly responsible for its hurt, cough).
3. Give child a band-aid.
4. Child puts animal pieces together in right orientation, secures band-aid.
See below about grading the activity, skills worked on, and extra notes, while I figure out how to add in a “read more” link 🙂
TO GRADE ACTIVITY (change difficulty level) depending on child’s strengths/weaknesses:
Harder: Multiple lines, thinner lines, curvy or wiggled lines, lower contrast lines, more directions, having child make own lines first and cut out own.
Easier: One thick line, high contrast, fewer directions, no line at all, thicker paper (like a manila folder, construction paper, index card), modified scissors
Harder:Child gets out band-aid and performs rest of task independently or with minimal assistance, no prompting for sequencing
Easier: Open the band-aid or help the process (start it until manageable by child, such as peeling the bandaid pieces a tiny bit apart and child takes over). Help hold the papers down so child can apply bandaid.
Harder: Do not give the child a sample, fewer prompts, encourage playing pretend
Easier: Role model playing pretend yourself only, give child sample
SKILLS worked on with animal band-aid activity:
- Fine motor manipulation (opening and placing bandaid)
- Visuospatial organization (placing pieces back together)
- Imagination/creativity/flexibility (understanding concept via drama/pretend/silliness)
- Life skill (manipulating band-aid)
- Cognition/Problem-solving (figuring out how to use the band-aid and put it all together)
1. Be silly/dramatic. Children with mental rigidity can handle this sort of task as it’s concrete enough to make sense, but the imaginative creative piece is helped by silliness. “Oh nooooo our poor dinosaur!! I hope we can fix him!!!”
2. KIDS LOVE BANDAIDS. I didn’t have any cool ones, but that would help even more. If you have more than one type, let them choose. Even children resistant to cutting/directions may complete this task if they see a band-aid is involved!