Children learn through play. As an occupational therapist who works with children and youth, I use games and toys almost every day to help develop important cognitive, visual perceptual, motor, sensory, social, play and leisure skills. While many different types of activities can be used in therapy, this blog focuses on off-the-shelf games and toys that are accessible to most. Whether you are a therapist, parent, teacher, or a game lover like me, I hope you discover something useful while you are here. Learn a different way to play a game you already own or discover a new game for your next family game night. Either way, just go play. It's good for you!

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Crayon Rubbings

Rubbing plates may increase proprioceptive feedback & body awareness for light writers.

Work on body awareness, bilateral hand use, motor planning, finger strength, fine motor control, manual dexterity, tool use 
This crayon rubbing plate book includes 8 bumpity bump plates, 6 glitter crayons, 28 pictures to color, and 1 rainbow crayon brick. Rubbing plates, like the ones included in this book, may help increase proprioceptive feedback and body awareness for light writers. The pictures are approximately 7.5" X 7.5" and are geared toward children (farm animals, dinosaurs, outer space aliens).
The eight plastic bump plates are 2 on one page, so they are half sheet sized.
Tear out the picture you want to color, place it on top of the plastic bump plate you want to use, and color. The individual will have to press hard for the pattern to appear. You can also just use your own coloring pictures. Large objects will work best.
Try this:
  • Start with deep pressure to the hands and arms before coloring, which might include animals walks or chair push ups.
  • Use the rainbow crayon brick, which is rectangle and flat, to color the picture faster.
  • Color with the side of the crayon instead of the tip for broader strokes.
If you are interested in purchasing this item or just want more information, click on the image below.

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