Work on visual discrimination, spatial relations, figure ground, visual closure, visual memory, visual scanning, eye-hand coordination, sequential memory, manual dexterity, following directions, color recognition, sequencing, play and leisure exploration and participation
In the box: 25 pegs (5 each of yellow, green, blue, red, orange), pegboard
A foam-type pegboard with stackable, plastic, chunky pegs designed for small hands and/or beginners. The pegs fit together snugly and are not tipsy when you stack them. Will take a little push to insert the pegs when it is new. A little less as it wears. Pegboards are tools that many OTs use because they are so versatile. The smaller pegboard activities are great for working on in-hand manipulation but these are too big for most kids.
- Sort and place so there is one line of each color.
- Make a stack of two or three and let the child copy it.
- Make pattern cards with white paper and markers. Ask the child to copy them by putting the pegs into the board in the same order. Fill the board.
- Make pattern cards as above, but don't fill the whole board so the child will have to leave some spaces empty.
- Make a full pattern card as above. Place the card by the pegboard and call out a color. Ask the child to put that color on the pegboard in a placement that matches one on the card. Keep going until the pegboard is filled.
- Call out a color and let the child place one of that color onto the pegboard until all are on.
- Place all the pegs onto the board. Call out a color and have the child take one off and place it in the box to put away.
- Show the child a stack of three. Let him view it 5-10 seconds. Take it away and ask him to duplicate it.
- Verbally list 2, 3, or 4 colors. Ask the child to build a stack in that color order.
- Stack as many as you can before it topples.
- Place the pegs in the formation of letters.
- Place the pegboard squarely in front of the child and then place the pegs on the non-dominant side of the board so the child will have to reach over (cross midline) to pick them up. Make sure they don't lean as they cross over.