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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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Scooter Board Activities Fun Deck

Work on upper body and core strength, sensory input, motor planning, visual perceptual skills, fine motor skills 
In the tin: 54 activity cards, table of contents card, introduction card
Ages 4+
Another great tool brought to you by Super Duper. This set includes a full 54 activities to do with a scooter board. Use one a week and you have enough activities to last for a whole year at your fingertips. Cards are brightly colored, kid-friendly, and laminated. One activity per card. The Introduction card gives tips for scooter board safety, tips for size of scooter board, and tips for using the cards. The Table of Contents card divides the activities into three categories:
  1. Supine (back) activities - 10 total activities
  2. Prone (tummy) activities - 27 total activities
  3. Sitting and Kneeling activities - 17 total activities
Below is an example of front and back of a supine activity:
Each card has a colored border which tells the category it is in (green is supine). Each card is also numbered in the top right hand corner, although the numbers do not indicate a grade in difficulty. The back of each activity card (as seen above) includes
  • Therapeutic benefits - Well thought out, OT friendly terminology.
  • Set up/materials needed - Can often be adapted to things you have on hand.
  • Directions (for child) - Can be read right from the card.
  • Tips (for adult) - Helpful ideas for grading or adapting the activity.
Three of the cards show games for two or three kids. Nineteen of the cards show an adult working with the child, either pushing, pulling, throwing, or rolling a ball to give sensory input.
The remainder of the cards are activities for a single child. Supplies needed include a hula or smaller hoop, rope or exercise tubing, clothes pins, buckets, bean bags, bottles and small hoops, empty boxes, whistle type toy, small plastic cones, balloon, streamer, therapy ball, lightweight small ball, large beads, dowel, washcloths. There are thirteen activities that picture a simple ramp.

Fun activities and a quick and easy reference for planning therapy sessions.
Try this:
  • Show the card to the child to add a visual aid when explaining the activity.
  • Be prepared for a couple different activities and let the child choose the one that appeals to him that day.
  • Use for sensory input before proceeding to fine motor activities.
If you are interested in purchasing this item or just want more information, click on the image below. 

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