May Occupational Therapy Calendar Ideas

Another month has flown by and another month of Occupational Therapy calendar ideas is here!  May brings creative outdoor play, multi-sensory activities, and ideas that will help with multiple goal areas. I’ve tried to come up with activities that use very few items or supplies. Many of the activities in this May activity calendar require nothing! This is great for adding to home programs or teletherapy sessions, as most of the activities use items found in the home. You might have grabbed our Spring Occupational Therapy packet last month and those ideas will work for this month as well.  You’ll want to get your May OT calendar and use the ideas listed here to add movement, development, and functional skills to the merry month of May!

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May activities for this month's Occupational Therapy calendar of OT treatment ideas.

May Occupational Therapy Calendar

This month’s calendar is just a bit different than previous months.  May brings a theme for each day, which is similar to April’s calendar of ideas, but this month is just a tad more themed.  I’ve added a fine motor and gross motor day instead of strictly sensory based ideas.  The best thing about this month is that each day’s activity can address many different goal areas.  For example, an activity that falls on a  Tactile Tuesday can work on bilateral coordination, visual scanning, and fine motor skills all while addressing tactile sensory tolerance through texture input.

Does a month of OT ideas sound like a great way to plan your days at home or do you need to add a creative spin to your Occupational Therapy clinic? This is the calendar for you!  You can grab the calendar and all of the others by signing up as an email subscriber.  (Email subscribers get access to a free library of printable resources.)

Be sure to get your Spring Occupational Therapy activity guide over in our store, too. This is a resource of over 90 themed activities that you will want to have in your OT back pocket!

Use this May Occupational Therapy calendar to plan OT treatment ideas.

Here are the activity ideas outlined in the May OT calendar

May 1- Flower Crafts for Kids– Use a flower craft or two to work on skills like direction following, executive functioning skills, fine motor work, scissor skills, and more.

May 2- Make a flower snack! Cooking is an executive functioning powerhouse. These simple flower-themed snacks are healthy options for kids AND build skills as they help out in the kitchen.

may 3- Dandelion Soup– As a child, do you remember making messy, muddy, FUN “soup” in the backyard? All you needed was a bucket, a stick, some water, and imagination. Toss in a sprinkle of grass, a scoop of dirt, some broken up twigs, and a mash of dandelion flowers. It’s a messy, sensory, creative, and down-to-earth play idea that builds skills. Don’t have dandelions? (I’m jealous!!) Use whatever you’ve got around the lawn…rocks, pebbles, leaves, flower buds, clover, etc. The sky is the limit with this activity.

May 4- Stickers! Here are 10 reasons why kids need to play with stickers. They really build the precision, eye-hand coordination, open thumb web space, separation of the sides of the hand, and so much more.

May 5- Scooters. If you have a scooter in your therapy toolbox, great. If not, no problem. Getting the benefits of prone extension in play can happen with a blanket on a hardwood floor, on a couch cushion, or by crawling through an obstacle course. Put on your thinking caps for out of the box prone extension ideas when a scooter isn’t available.

May 6- Head outdoors and try a DIY balance beam using what you’ve got. Here are outdoor balance beam ideas to get you started.

May 7- Hunting for bugs is a sign of Spring, and one way that play builds big-time skills like visual scanning, visual discrimination, figure-ground, and other visual perceptual skills. Head outside with a jar and go on a hunt for potato bugs, lady bugs, ants, and more. Then add this bug visual perception worksheet to the fun.

May 8- Grab some glue and some seeds for a fine motor workout. Don’t have a packet of seeds? No worries. Head outdoors and cut or tear up some grass. Then use it in this seed handwriting activity to build fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.

May 9- Gardening is such an amazing experience for kids that build gross and fine motor skills, coordination, motor planning, executive functioning, and more. This post on sensory gardening defines specific aspects of gardening with kids and how to encourage sensory challenges and sensory diet activities within the garden. Don’t want to garden with kids? That’s ok…use play dough for a pretend play garden activity.

May 10- Kinetic Sand Dough is fun to make and even more fun to play with. Here is a 3 ingredient kinetic sand recipe. Use it in small word play and sensory bins.

May 11- Get the kiddos moving and creating with out-of-the-box creative painting ideas. If you have straws in the house, use them to stamp small circles on paper. Don’t have straws? try painting with string or yarn, pinwheels, toys, or one of these 25 creative ways to paint.

May 12- Got play dough? Use it to press Spring themed items for some fine motor, strengthening, proprioceptive, and body awareness fun!

May 13- Slides and swings…If you are lucky enough to have them in the backyard, head otudoors for some backyard sensory diet activities. If a backyard slide or swing set isn’t available, use an Amazon box to make a DIY cardboard car slide. This is a BIG time memory-maker with sensory benefits.

May 14- Grab some chalk and draw a hopscotch board on the driveway or sidewalk. Working on letter formation or number formation? Use the hopscotch boxes to work on letters.

May 15- Race games are a fun way to get the whole family moving. Here are more movement and sensory ideas for the backyard.

May 16- Tweezer seeds…Grab some tweezers or tongs and get those hands moving. After eating an apple, my kids used tweezers to dissect the seeds for some science fun that combined with fine motor skill development. But, if you need larger tweezers for your kiddo’s fine motor levels, try making a set of tongs using pencils or craft sticks like we did with this DIY tweezers activity.

May 17- Indoor obstacle course! Be creative with indoor movement. Use couch cushions, the broom, a jump rope…whatever is on hand. Kids can crawl under dining room chairs, over a line of laundry, or around a bundled up blanket cone. Here are monthly movement ideas for more themed activity ideas to add to your indoor obstacle course. These alphabet movement exercises can be incorporated, too.

May 18- Let’s make a sensory bin! There are so many ways to build a sensory bin using the items you’ve got on hand. Start with a sensory bin filler like grass, seeds, dry beans, rice, sand, pebbles, dirt, or other materials. These sensory bin ideas can get you started.

May 19- These Spring craft ideas can get you started on ways to build fine motor skills through crafts. The cherry blossom fine motor trees are one of my favorites!

May 20- Outdoor play is a huge skill builder for kids. Here’s what the research says about outdoor play in child development. For outdoor sensory activities that build skills, try the ones listed on these free outdoor sensory diet cards.

May 21- DIY parachute- Grab a fitted bed sheet and start parachuting. This is a great gross motor activity for the whole family. It works really well on a breezy day in the backyard, but can be done indoors too. Hold the edges of the sheet like it’s a parachute and play some parachute games.

May 22- Jumping jacks are just one of the gross motor activities on our Alphabet exercises, but you can make them fun by jumping jack to music. Try doing a certain number of jumping jacks when one person calls out a number.

May 23- Use the sand from the sandbox to work on fine motor skills. We poured some on the kid play picnic table and worked on pinching and dribbling sand through the fingers. Here is another way to work on fine motor skills with simple items like sand and sticks from the yard. Don’t have sand? Use pebbles, flour, or dirt.

May 24- Torn leaf art is a fun way to work on fine motor skills with kids. Cut petals from paper (or use real leaves and petals if you have them). Then work on tearing those petals into small pieces. Use those small pieces to create art by gluing them into shapes or even letters. Here is information on the ways that tearing paper builds hand skills.

May 25- Outdoor small world pretend play– When the weather starts warming up, it’s the perfect time to head outdoors with small toys and create a small world beside a tree. Work on imagination, acting out functional tasks, and talking through worries or stress using small figures. This is one of my favorite ways to play with my kids when they were smaller.

May 26- Chalk games and sidewalk chalk activities are not only fun, they are a powerful way to build hand strength in the arches, and upper body strength by getting down on the driveway or sidewalk.

May 27- Water flowers- have some flowers or potted plants in your yard on indoors? Spray them with a water bottle to give them a little water while working on hand strength.

May 28- Lawn games- Relay races, Red Rover, Red Rover, Tag, Hide and Seek, and other lawn classic lawn games for kids. Other ideas include: Kick the can, jump rope, Red Light, Green Light, Mother May I, Mr. Wolf, 4 square, Simon Says, TV tag, Sardines, Marco Polo, Heads Up/7 UP, Freeze dance, and others.

May 29- Flower weaving is a fun fine motor, bilateral coordination activity that builds motor planning, and planning skills. Use long pieces of grass or flowers with long stems and braid them, or entwine them into a basket or edge of a plastic bin. A laundry basket works great.

May 30- Nature seek and find- Set up a “real world” I Spy game using items found in the home or in the yard. Include toys, everyday items, or things found right outside in nature. Kids can work on visual scanning, figure ground, and other visual perceptual skills. Here is a real toy I Spy game we played many moons ago.

May 31- Outdoor forts are a fun way to move and build executive functioning skills. How can you use some lawn chairs and a sheet to create a fort in the yard? How can you attach several blankets to the dining room chairs. Building a fort (indoor or outdoors) is a fantastic activity for kids that builds many skill areas.

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    Organization and Attention Challenges Related to Sensory Processing Disorders

    Kids with sensory needs often times have organization difficulties.  Sensory inattention is a real thing! They are distracted by their body’s need for sensory integration and are challenged to focus on tasks at hand due difficulties with inattention.

    While sensory kids might have attention problems, typically developing kids are also learning to work with the distractions of multi-sensory input to focus on tasks.  You might see visual inattention that causes a child to skip words when copying from a book.  You might see them forget to put their homework folder in their backpack at the end of the school day. It’s kind of like a jumble of beads in where all of the colors are so distracting that it’s hard to pull out the ones that are most important.  Then the beads spill and you’ve got a disorganized mess to deal with on top of everything else that needs to happen in your day. 

    Sensory Processing components and considerations for the disorganized and inattentive child.  This site contains lots of attention and organization strategies for kids with sensory processing disorders from an Occupational Therapist.

    Sensory Inattention

    There are normal everyday distractions that all of us are managing.  I for one am currently distracted by kids, schedules, deadlines, and the need to pull frozen chicken out of the fridge so that we can eat dinner later.  A child with sensory processing disorder or general sensory challenges may be distracted by the input their body craves and the overwhelming input that they are constantly bombarded with. This sensory inattention may be a result of underlying issues going on that distracts from the task at hand.

    When sensory-related inattention is a primary difficulty relating to disorganization in kids, there are ways to work around and help. Check out some of the sensory strategies listed further down in this post.

    Other reasons for being inattentive:

    • Impulsivity
    • Overwhelming and confusing sensory input makes navigating sensory information
    • Trouble staying on a task
    • Trouble identifying priorities
    • Focus on anxiety limits ability to stay on task
    • Rigidity causing difficulty transitioning into new tasks
    • Motor insecurity (fine motor or gross motor, visual motor, sensori-motor) causes trouble getting started on a task.
    • Low frustration tolerance to difficult tasks.  These kids might not try a task to avoid a frustrated meltdown as a compensatory strategy
    These sensory processing disorder treatment strategies can help kids who struggle with sensory inattention or overreaction to sensory input.

    Sensory inattention Strategies

    So, how can a worried parent or involved teacher help kids who are struggling with attention problems and resulting disorganization?  We’ve recently shared tips to help with attention at home and at school.  But what if all of the modifications and adaptations to your child’s day are just not working?

    What if, as a Mom or a Dad, you are at your wit’s end with your child’s poor attention…the behaviors…your child’s seemingly intentional disregard to directions and others around them. Sometimes, there is a reason for these actions.  They aren’t always intentional.  They aren’t always ADHD related. They aren’t always the actions of a “bad kid”.

    Sometimes, there is an underlying reason for disorganization issues.  There is a sensory component. It is sensory inattention that we are talking about.

    A child with sensory processing difficulties might have trouble blocking out lights, noises, and movements of others.  They might drop their pencil and not even realize it.  They might have difficulty with handwriting. They might bump into others in lines at school or bounce off the walls at home.  Do these sound familiar?  


    There are many indications of children who are overly sensitive to typical daily activities. Children with sensory hypersensitivity over-respond to sensory input. They may have an acute or overly sensitive response to input.

    • Overreact to bright lights and loud noises.
    • Demonstrate meltdowns when overwhelmed
    • Complain about itchy tags or clothing seams, including the seam along the toes in socks.  Refuse to wear certain textures, and complain that they are too rough or scratchy.
    • Difficulty with sensing how much force they need to apply in tasks; they might press too hard when writing, rip the paper when erasing, or slam down objects.
    • Trouble knowing where their body is in relation to other objects or people.
    • Overly distracted by noises in the classroom.
    • Appears clumsy.
    • Avoid hugs and cuddling even with family members.
    • Overly fearful of movement including swings, slides, and merry-go-rounds.
    • Bump into other students in school lines, or crashes into objects.
    • Tendency to bolt or run away when they’re overwhelmed to get away from stressors or fears of unfamiliar situations.

    Sensory Hyposensitivity

    There are also indications of children who are under-responsive to sensory stimulation and seek out more sensory input. Indications of hyposensitivity occur in children who do not seem to notice sensory input. They may seek out sensory input in order to gain sensory input that they need in order to organize or regulate. Children that flap their hands, bite, pinch, bolt, or seem to have a very high tolerance for pain, spinning, or other movement may have sensory hyposensitivities.

    • Constantly touch people or textures.
    • Loves active play.
    • Crave fast, spinning and/or intense movement.
    • Enjoys heavy deep pressure like tight bear hugs.
    • Cannot tolerate smells. Or, smells everything.
    • Disregard or no understanding of personal space.
    • Swing, spin, jump, run, crash
    • Chew everything…clothing, pencils, toys, grass, non-edible materials
    • Very high tolerance for pain.
    • Very fidgety and unable to sit still, especially when the child is expected to sit still.
    • Seeks out jumping, bumping and crashing activities.
    • Loves jumping on furniture and trampolines.
    • Self-stimulation behaviors (flapping, bolting, chewing, pressing on eyelids, rocking, humming, lining things up, tapping on things, etc.)
    • Loves playground equipment like swings, merry-go-rounds and slides.

    It’s easy to understand how a child with either a low or a high tolerance to sensory stimulation can show inattention to focused tasks.  There is so much information coming at them at once and they are unable to filter out what is unnecessary while attending to a directions like “Get your homework out of your back pack” or “Brush your teeth, your hair, and put on your shoes.”  How can they possibly keep themselves organized in tasks?

    While no two children are alike, there are many sensory processing treatments that can help with attention and organization.  Movement activities, core strengthening, and sensory integration therapy can help with attention in kids.  In fact, sensory integration treatment interventions “may result in positive outcomes in sensory-motor skills and motor planning; socialization, attention, and behavioral regulation; reading-related skills; participation in active play; and achievement of individualized goals.” (From here.) 

    Sensory Processing Disorder Treatment

    Some of our favorite ways to engage the sensory systems in sensory integration activities are: 

    Try using these techniques to help your child sort out all of the information, and just like those beads that are all over the floor?  Create beautiful moments in your day!

    Sensory Processing components and considerations for the disorganized and inattentive child.  This site contains lots of attention and organization strategies for kids with sensory processing disorders from an Occupational Therapist.

    Be sure to stop by and see recommendations for Attention difficulties at home and at school, part of a recent Organization series that we’ve shared:

    Tips to Help your Sensory Kid Get Organized at School

    Tips to Help your Sensory Kid Get Organized at Home

    More tools for addressing attention needs in kids

    There are so many strategies to address attention in kids and activities that can help address attention needs. One tactic that can be a big help is analyzing precursors to behaviors related to attention and addressing underlying needs. 

    The Attention and Sensory Workbook can be a way to do just that. 

    The Attention and Sensory Workbook is a free printable resource for parents, teachers, and therapists. It is a printable workbook and includes so much information on the connection between attention and sensory needs. 

    Here’s what you can find in the Attention and Sensory Workbook

    • Includes information on boosting attention through the senses
    • Discusses how sensory and learning are connected
    • Provides movement and sensory motor activity ideas
    • Includes workbook pages for creating movement and sensory strategies to improve attention

    A little more about the Attention and Sensory Workbook: 

    Sensory processing is the ability to register, screen, organize, and interpret information from our senses and the environment. This process allows us to filter out some unnecessary information so that we can attend to what is important. Kids with sensory challenges often time have difficulty with attention as a result.

    It’s been found that there is a co-morbidity of 40-60% of ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder. This workbook is an actionable guide to help teachers, therapists, and parents to help kids boost attention and focus in the classroom by mastering sensory processing needs. 

    You will find information on the sensory system and how it impacts attention and learning. There are step-by-step strategies for improving focus, and sensory-based tips and tricks that will benefit the whole classroom.

    The workbook provides tactics to address attention and sensory processing as a combined strategy and overall function. There are charts for activities, forms for assessment of impact, workbook pages for accommodations, and sensory strategy forms.
      Grab the Attention and Sensory Workbook by clicking HERE or on the image below.    

    Attention and sensory workbook activities for improving attention in kids

    Teach Letters in Occupational Therapy Telehealth-Free Slide Deck

    handwriting in teletherapy with an interactice slide deck

    Teaching letters in distance learning? Working on handwriting in OT teletherapy? Well, one thing is for certain. Our recent virtual therapy slide deck to teach strait line letters was a popular one! That’s why I wanted to not only continue with that letter formation slide deck series (coming soon!) but I wanted to get this newest slide deck out to teach letters in occupational therapy telehealth. So often, school-based OTs have handwriting goals to address. However, when it comes to teaching letter formation and working on handwriting through the screen of teletherapy, it can be difficult to work on aspects such as accuracy without the hands-on component.

    These telehealth slides should fill some holes. My mission, as always, is to help you help kids thrive. So, in the current season of virtual therapy sessions, therapy slide decks it is!

    Teach letters in occupational therapy telehealth sessions or in distance learning with a movement-based, sensory component, and fine motor, gross motor piece to learning letters through virtual classrooms.

    Teach Letters in Teletherapy

    This slide deck includes a few different ways to teach kids letter formation while working on the underlying areas that impact function and independence. The slide deck includes handwriting activities in a variety of ways:

    These free OT slides can be used in occupational therapy teletherapy sessions or to guide virtual therapy.

    Gross Motor Warm-Up- Use the slides to work through teaching letters with a gross motor component. Kids can make several letters using their body to form the letter. This is a great way to incorporate bilateral coordination, core strength, motor planning, and whole-body movements. Pair it with deep breathing if you like.

    2. Fine Motor Letter Build- Use items from around the home (toothpicks, crayons, cotton swabs, craft sticks, tree twigs, etc. to build a handful of letters. Work with students as they build components of letters. Be sure to talk them through proper letter formation. Part of the difficulty with distance learning is that we don’t always have a clear picture of what the student is actually doing, especially when they are given a YouTube video to follow with their parent as the implementer, for example. Kids can “build” a letter with totally incorrect formation without the hands-on approach that live teaching offers. Talk them through how to start letters at the top, and jump over to slide down for diagonal portions. Here is more information on teaching kids to build letters with proper formation.

    3. Letter I Spy- This slide allows students to visually scan and locate letters hidden in a busy scene. The activity is one that promotes essential visual perceptual skills such as figure-ground, form constancy, visual discrimination, visual closure. Ask students to find a certain number of a specific letter. They can write the letter each time they find it. Or, students can go through the image and find letters to spell their name or a spelling word. They can then write that word out on paper after they locate each letter. Here are more visual motor activities that pull in the perceptual component as well as the motor piece to offer hands-on approaches to building these skills.

    4. Writing- This interactive slide asks students to click and drag a lowercase letter to it’s match. They can then practice writing this letter (or ask them to write a word that starts with that letter). This activity challenges more visual perceptual skills such as visual tracking, eye-hand coordination, and visual scanning.

    5. Cool Down- Add a sensory component with the cool-down portion of the slide deck. Students can use finger isolation (more fine motor skills) to “paint” a letter on the palm of their other hand (bilateral coordination) for a light touch, tactile challenge as they “write” letters. Best of all is the deep breathing exercise that goes along with this activity. Use it as a regulation or coping strategy at the end of the distance session as you send your little ones off for the day. Here are more activities and ideas to help with anxiety, worries, attention, and other areas impacted by regulation through sensory-based coping strategies.

    Use this OT slide deck to teach letters in distance learning or OT telehealth with movement.

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      Backward Letters? What to do…

      How to help kids when they write backward letters, or fixing letter reversals in handwriting.

      Many children write backward letters and numbers when learning to write. This is typical handwriting and a normal part of learning letter formation. However, sometimes it can be hard to break this habit. Other times, children really struggle with reverse text in a way that they write upside down or flip letters. For older children, there may be underlying visual perceptual issues going on. We’ve covered some of the reasons for letter reversals previously on this site. Today, I wanted to share a fun and creative way to work on letters that are commonly written backwards or mixed up. When older kids write upside down letters or mirror write letters, it can mean spelling words are marked wrong because of letter errors. This simple, hands-on activity should help.

      How to help kids when they write backward letters, or fixing letter reversals in handwriting.

      Letters that are written BACKWARDS

      There are a handful of letters that are commonly mistaken or reversed in text. Others are written upside down, resulting in a different letter. Mirror writing is one aspect of visual processing that may occur when perceptual or efficiency difficulties are present. A good place to start in gaining a better understanding on visual processing is in this post on vision problems you cannot “see”.

      Letters that are commonly reversed or flipped include: b, d, and p. These letters may be interchanged with one another. A child may read or write a letter “b” when they mean to write a letter “d”. Another set of letters that are commonly written backwards and are confused for the other letter include g and q. Other letters that are just written backwards but not confused for another letter includes j, s, y, z. Upper case letters that are commonly written in reverse include: B, D, J, N, P, S, Y, and Z.

      Kids might write backward letters when they need help with letter reversals, discrimination, or visual perception. Try this easy activity to help with mirror writing.

      Activity to Help with Writing Backwards Letters

      This fun activity helps kids discriminate between correct formation and backward letters or flipped letters. For this letter reversal activity, we used lowercase letter beads from Roylco. (Use the coupon code “OTTOOLBOX” to save 10% on these letters and anything else on the Roylco website. Affiliate link) These letters have a small hole in them making them great for threading and other fine motor activities as well as the visual motor activity we are describing here.

      Any letter beads or magnets would work for this letter. We are attempting to work on discrimination, or differentiation between the letters to address flipping letters or writing in reverse.

      We also used a piece of foam craft sheet, but a plain piece of paper would work well, too. To set up this letter reversal activity, identify two or three letters that are commonly mixed up. We are working on lowercase letters “b” and “d” in this activity. I wrote letters b and d on the foam sheet in the same size as the lowercase letter beads. I placed a handful of b and d beads next to the sheet and asked my kindergartner to place the letters on the matching letter.

      She was able to visually scan and locate a letter after picking up a letter bead manipulative. We extended the activity by hanging her name the letter, produce the sound of the letter, and name a word that begins with that letter. She then located the match and placed the bead onto of the letter on the foam sheet.

      Help kids fix backward letters when writing with a hands-on activity designed to help with letter reversals and writing backwards.

      There are several areas we worked on with this activity:

      Letter identification- By picking up a letter and identifying it from a group of similar letters, she had repetitive practice in identifying aspects of the letter. The small lowercase letter beads offer a smooth texture that is pleasing to hold or manipulate while naming the letter.

      Phonetic awareness and letter reversalsIdentifying letters and paring it with naming the sound and using that sound in a word is a way to practice phonetic awareness, which has been found to aid in correct letter formation. In fact, there can be a connection between letter reversal problems and phonetic awareness delays.

      Fine motor skills- Picking up and manipulating small letter beads is a great way to work on dexterity and finger control. Placing the letter beads on the written form requires eye-hand coordination and precision. Here are more activities to work on fine motor skills in kids.

      Visual Scanning– Searching for the written letter that matches the letter bead is another way to practice letter identification and differentiating differences between the letters. Here is more information and a fun visual scanning activity.

      Eye-hand coordination- Picking up and placing the letter beads and placing them onto the written letter requires coordinated movements of motor skills and visual system. This is another eye-hand coordination activity to work on letter matching and identification.

      Don’t have letter beads? Try cutting small pieces of paper and writing letters on the slips. They can then be placed over the letters on the large piece of paper as children visually scan for the match while practicing form discrimination.

      Help kids that write backward letters with this easy letter matching activity.

      More visual perception tools

      Try some of these related activities to work on visual perceptual skills:

      Visual Scanning Fine Motor Activity

      Low-Prep Visual Scanning Letter Activity

      Letter Matching with Coffee Filters

      Letter Identification and Letter Matching with Stamps

      Handwriting Spacing Puzzles

      Letter Search and Fine Motor Activity with Spoons

      Gain a better understanding of visual processing, visual perception and how this impacts letter formation and writing backward letters. Join us in the Visual Processing Lab.

      Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to

      Recycled Materials Crafts and Activities for Kids

      Use recycled materials in occupational therapy sessions.

      Using recycled materials in crafts is a great way to create while using items that are in the home. These recycled crafts can be used in occupational therapy sessions to work on fine motor skills, direction following, motor planning, eye-hand coordination, and other OT goal areas. Many of the ideas below are activities using recycled materials you probably have in your recycling bin right now. Start saving those egg cartons, plastic containers, used water bottles, newspapers, and paper, because these crafts and activity ideas build skills! Be sure to check out the list of recycled materials for art projects and fine motor activities, too. You can pass this list on to parents so they hold onto items like paper towel tubes to be used in OT home programs or teletherapy sessions. For more ideas, check out this ultimate occupational therapy teletherapy resource. We’ve shared a bunch of ways to play and build skills by using recycled items in therapy activities, like this gross motor grasp activity with plastic containers. Save this page, because you have a collection of activities in your toolbox using everyday items that are heading to the trash!

      Use recycled materials in occupational therapy sessions.

      Check out the past posts listed below to find tons of creative and fun ways to learn and play with recycled materials.

      Kids will love these simple developmental and learning crafts and activities made with recycled materials

      Occupational Therapy Activities with recycled materials

      In therapy or in learning activities, crafts are a great way to build specific skills like scissor skills, crossing midline, eye-hand coordination, motor planning, executive functioning, bilateral coordination, and other skills. Here is our giant collection of craft ideas for kids that can be used in OT sessions. Below, you will find craft ideas using recycled items. Below, I’ve broken down OT activities by the recycled materials. You’ll find a section for OT activities using egg cartons, ideas using recycled containers, OT ideas with paper towel tubes, etc. Each material has so many ways to build common goal areas. Let’s get started…

      These recycled materials are good to have on hand for helping kids build skills and work on occupational therapy activities.

      Egg carton crafts and activities for kids:

      Save those egg cartons! Whether you are building hand strength, working on eye-hand coordination, or building motor planning skills, recycled egg cartons can be a powerful tool to add to your therapy toolbox. Try some of these ideas in OT sessions or in the classroom or home to build skills.

      Work on intrinsic hand strength with an egg carton– We used pieces of straws to build hand strength, but you can use other small items like toothpicks, beads, small toys, or even rolled pieces of paper.

      Speaking of hand strength, this robin craft and fine motor activity uses an egg carton and pipe cleaners to build strength and endurance in the hand with a focus on precision and an extended wrist.

      Work on buttoning with kids? Teach buttoning with an out-of-the-box activity using a recycled egg carton.

      Take shoe tying to another level by teaching kids to tie shoes with an egg carton. Tying shoes can sometimes be difficult when switching to different shoes. Try practicing shoe tying on a different medium for something fun, while still working on skills such as bilateral coordination, motor planning, pinch, and sustained grasp.

      Egg carton fine motor color sorting– We painted the egg carton and used colored jingle bells to work on in-hand manipulation, grasp, precision, and eye-hand coordination, but you could use any small item, and painting is totally optional.

      More egg carton activities include:

      • Cut the sections and stack them in a tower
      • Clip clothes pins to the edges
      • Write a number or letter inside the carton. Place the correct number of small items in each section.
      • Sort letters written on pieces of paper
      • Cut the egg tray so it contains 2 rows of 5 sections. Use it as a hands-on 10 frame for teaching kindergarten math skills.

      Egg Carton Crafts

      Use an empty egg carton to build skills with a craft material that you might already have in your home right now. From egg carton flowers to fine motor power tools, these are recycled egg carton crafts that are therapist-approved.

      Flower feather craft~ fine motor skills, direction following, multi-step feather art

      Egg carton caterpillar craft- This classic recycled egg carton craft is a fun one for kids. We used it to build math skills, too.

      Spring tulip craft with recycled egg cartons~ tripod grasp, multi-step direction following

      Snowman math activity~ fine motor pincer/tripod grasp while working on math skills

      Painted rainbow recycled egg cartons– Paint egg cartons and then use them in other crafts or sorting activities. Painting the sections of the egg carton tray requires precision and coordination.

      Egg carton pumpkins– This is an OLD post here on the website, but one that is such fun. Kids can use golf tees to hammer into the sections of the egg carton, making pumpkin stems while building coordination and motor skills.

      Fine motor egg carton Christmas tree~
      Work on building tripod grasp to thread a Christmas tree from egg cartons. You could also just stack the recycled egg carton sections into a tower if you want to build this activity year-round.

      Use toilet paper tube crafts in occupational therapy activities to help kids build motor skills.

      Toilet Paper tube crafts and activities for kids:

      Cardboard tube crafts using recycled paper towel tubes or toilet paper rolls are a great way to use what you’ve got while building fine motor skills. These toilet paper tube crafts have got you covered. You can also use paper towel tubes for many of these recycled materials activities and crafts. The paper tube provides a great material for young children to practice cutting, while positioning their scissors correctly and promoting bilateral coordination. When cutting a cardboard tube, kids have to start at their midline and work away from their body while holding onto the tube. It’s a great starter project for children.

      • Clip paper clips to the edges
      • Stack them up and knock them over by rolling a ball to work on coordination
      • Drop small items through the tubes into a target bin or basket
      • Use a hole punch to punch holes in the sides. Thread pipe cleaners through the holes
      • Slit the edges and create a building toy
      • Practice scissor skills by cutting down the edge
      • Clip clothes pins to the edges

      Toilet paper rolls and paper towel tubes make a great item to use in OT sessions. Here are ways to use paper tubes visual tracking exercises with kids.

      Build gross grasp and coordination with paper tubes and small balls or toys. Kids can balance the items on the cardboard rolls while building skills.

      Toilet Paper Tube Crafts

      Olympic rings craft with paper tubes– Kids can cut toilet paper rolls into small circles and create an Olympic ring craft.

      Spring chick juice box cover~ tip to tip grasp, multi-textural craft for Spring

      Rainbow recycled cardboard tube craft~ Color the sides of the toilet paper tube with crayons, paints, or markers and build fine motor skills, imagination, pretend play, language skills

      Cardboard tube zebra craft– Cut a toilet paper tube into an animal shape and turn it into a zebra craft.

      Rainbow binocular
      s~ imagination, pretend play, fine motor skills

      Cardboard tube turkey napkin ring~
      fine motor work with a napkin ring craft. we made a turkey, but you could make any animal.

      Recycled cardboard tube turkey juice box cover~
      Use a paper towel tube to make a juice box cover. we made ours into a turkey, but you could create any animal. This craft builds tripod grasp, multi-step craft

      Cardboard tube stamp painting~
      Work on gross grasp, fine motor skills, and coordination.

      Recycled cardboard tube pumpkin stamps~
      Use a paper towel tube or a toilet paper tube to paint pumpkins in this fine motor craft.

      Cardboard tube apple stamps~
      Use a toilet paper tube to paint apples in a coordination craft. What other round objects could you paint by using a paper roll?

      Use recycled containers such as plastic bottles to build fine motor skills like in-hand manipulation and coordination.

      Recycled Plastic container activities for kids:

      Use recycled bottles in fine motor activities– Plastic bottles like shampoo bottles, soap bottles, and other squeezable bottles are great for building gross hand grasp.

      Fine motor color sorting activity with recycled grated cheese container~ tripod grasp, color, pattern, and sorting learning skills. This is a great early math activity!

      In-hand manipulation activities ~uses a grated cheese container and a recycled two liter drink container to develop in-hand manipulation and translation skills.

      Play dough cupcakes ~using a recycled cupcake container with strengthening and fine motor  development.

      Outdoor snow restaurant activity with recycled containers~ imagination, pretend play, language skill development. Don’t have snow? Use play dough, slime, or even homemade kinetic sand.

      Fine motor play with plastic bottle and crafting poms~ tripod grasp, color, sorting, and pattern learning

      Recycled milk container ghost catch game~ gross motor, eye-hand coordination, and visual motor catch game

      Plastic bottle and tissue paper fine motor play~ tripod grasp, auditory processing activity with colors

      Fine motor sensory water play with recycled water bottles~ color learning in a multi-sensory activity with fine motor (tripod grasp) components

      Spy sight word sensory bottle~ visual scanning activity to work on language. This is a great eye-hand and visual-motor activity!

      Fine motor tripod grasp activity~ Tripod grasp and in-hand manipulation skills with a grated cheese container

      Recycled plastic water bottle pipe cleaner fine motor activity~ Tripod grasp, fine motor skill development with an auditory component…all while working on colors.

      Use recycled materials in occupational therapy sessions such as styrofoam as a base to press toothpicks into while building fine motor skills.

      Styrofoam activities for kids:

      Use recycled bubble wrap to work on hand strength and auditory processing with kids.

      Recycled Bubble wrap activities for kids:

      Finger dexterity game with recycled bubble wrap~ fine motor skills to strengthen thenar muscles of the thumb with visual scanning, tracking, crossing midline.

      Sensory paint play with recycled bubble wrap~ Challenge the tactile sense with creative play while working on language development, color learning, and fine motor skill play

      Mess-free bubble wrap painting~ Build fine motor skills such as tripod grasp, tip-to-tip grasp, and index finger isolation work while engaging in creative painting.

      Fine motor and auditory bubble
      wrap activity~ Address color learning, visual tracking and scanning, eye-hand coordination with an auditory component.

      Use recycled materials in occupational therapy activities and to build skills such as fine motor skills or sensory play.

      Recycled Shredded paper crafts and activities for kids:

      Sight word sensory bin with shredded paper~ Use recycled paper from the paper shredder in tactile sensory play while learning and identifying sight words, visual scanning activity

      Shredded paper snowy farm sensory bin~ Build language, creative expression, and imagination through pretend play with a sensory bin using recycled paper as a sensory bin base.

      Valentine’s Da
      y shredded paper sensory bin~ This sensory play activity uses colors, fine motor work with tools, imagination, and pretend play.

      Use a recycled cardboard box to build fine motor skills.

      Cardboard crafts and activities for kids:

      Small world activity with a cardboard box~ imagination, pretend play, language development

      Valentine’s day door banner craft~ Multi-step direction following with fine motor work

      Fine motor with pipe cleaners and a cardboard box ~ tripod grasp, eye-hand coordination, tip-to tip- grasp

      Cardboard box golf tee hammering~ eye hand coordination, tool use, strengthening, letter learning, visual scanning, visual motor activity

      Cereal box fine motor coordination~ tripod grasp, visual motor play

      Pretend play pizza shop~ imagination, pretend play, language development

      How to create a craft bin from recycled materials~ process art with imagination

      recycle bin flower craft~ fine motor development

      Use recycled bottle caps to work on occupational therapy activities or address learning such as letter identification, fine motor skills, and more.

      Bottle cap crafts and activities for kids:

      Christmas stamps with recycled bottle caps~ fine motor development

      Recycled bottle caps fine motor activity– We used dry chick peas to build fine motor dexterity with recycled bottle caps, but you can use any small object.

      Bottlecap Spinning Tops- These fine motor power tools are great for precision, dexterity, grasp, in-hand manipulation, and arch development of the hands

      Use bottle caps in visual tracking– Recycled materials can be used with big visual processing benefits to address visual scanning and tracking.

      Recycled bottle cap sight word stamps~ sight word learning, visual scanning, matching

      Bottle cap flower craft– Build precision and eye-hand coordination with bottle caps.

      Bottle Cap DIY Toys– Recycle bottle caps into DIY toys with fine motor benefits.

      Letter learning with recycled bottle caps~ letter learning, visual scanning, matching

      Recycled Materials List for Parents

      Working wiht children on an Occupational tehrapy home program or in OT teletherapy sessions? You can ask parents to hold on to some of these recyceld materials to use in OT sessions or to work on specific recommended activities;

      1. Toilet paper tubes
      2. Paper towel tubes
      3. Plastic containers (spice jars, Parmesan cheese containers, squeeze jars, shampoo bottles, berry containers, cupcake containers, etc.)
      4. Bottle caps
      5. Cardboard tissue boxes
      6. Delivery cardboard boxes
      7. Egg cartons (cardboard or Styrofoam egg trays)
      8. Styrofoam take-out containers
      9. Shredded paper
      10. Old worksheets, paper that’s been used on just one side
      11. Paper bags
      12. Cereal boxes

      What would you add to this list?

      Looking for more ways to work on specific skills in teletherapy? Check out this ultimate occupational therapy teletherapy resource to guide a wide variety of treatment ideas.

      Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to

      Dinosaur Proprioception Activities

      dinosaur movement cards for kids to use for heavy work and coping tools to address dinosaur sized feelings

      This dinosaur brain break activity is a set of free proprioception activities that provides heavy work with a dinosaur theme, making movement and proprioceptive input a fun way to address dinosaur -sized needs. Whether you are looking for heavy work activities for the kids to add to distance learning or heavy work activities for OT teletherapy programs, these free dinosaur movement cards are a great sensory activity to add to your therapy toolbox. Scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to grab your Dinosaur Movement Activity Cards…and check out the Dinosaur OT activities too!

      dinosaur movement cards for kids to use for heavy work and coping tools to address dinosaur sized feelings

      This post explains more about proprioception sensory activities but to better understand why and how to incorporate movement breaks into learning, check out this post on brain breaks for kids.

      This freebie was originally created as part of October’s Sensory Processing Awareness Month, however, for a kiddo that loves anything dinosaurs, it works out great any time of year. Kids with sensory integration needs are those kiddos who are bumping into everything and everyone.  The little ones who fall out of their chairs, press too hard on their pencils, are clumsy, fidget, or seek extra movements. They might flap their hands or slap their feet when they walk.  The thing about kids is that everyone is different and everyone will have different needs, interests, and abilities.  This Dinosaur Sized Feelings sensory movement activity  is perfect for kids seeking sensory input and kids who just need to move!

      Dinosaur feelings can impact emotional regulation, sensory processing, self-care, and function. Use dinosaur themed activities like these dinosaur heavy work cards as a coping tool.

      Now, it’s important for me to note, that when I say Dinosaur-Sized feelings in this post, I’m talking about the child’s feeling of hyposensitivity to their environment.  They are seeking out extra stimulation from people, walls, cushions…anything really and are feeling a big need to improve their central neural system functioning in order to complete tasks and function.  

      (Read more about the Central Nervous System below!)  

      What I’m not talking about in this post is the emotional side of feelings.  There has been at least one study done that attempts to determine whether emotional feelings can be influenced by proprioceptive input. I’m not talking about the big emotional feels we all have. In this activity, I’m focusing on the big feelings of sensory needs kids might have, and how to stomp those sensory needs out with proprioception. It’s all about the ability to regulate those giant, dinosaur-sized sensory related feelings that impact emotional regulation, coping abilities, worries, anxieties. This post on Zones of Regulation activities explains a little more on self-regulation and specific ways to address these needs.

      What is Sensory Integration?

      Let’s cover some of the background info about what’s going on behind self-regulation. Typically, our Central Nervous System integrates sensory input from the environment in a balanced process that screens out certain information and acts on important information, at an automatic level…one that we are not cognitively aware of.  For kiddos with atypical sensory integration, the central nervous system has difficulty screening out unimportant information from our environment.  For those children, interaction with their surroundings can be stressful as they are either over responsive or under-responsive to normal stimulus. This results in dysfunctional behavior and social difficulties. 

      For a thorough explanation of sensory integration, sensory processing, and what specific actions look like as a part of our sensory systems, grab this free sensory processing booklet. You’ll access the free download and join a short email course that explains sensory processing in great detail. It’s a free informative course via email that you don’t want to miss.

      free sensory processing booklet

      Proprioception Activities for kids

      I shared a post in the past about proprioception and handwriting with too much pressure.  In that post, I told you how  the proprioceptive system receives input from the muscles and joints about body position, weight, pressure, stretch, movement and changes in position in space.  Our bodies are able to grade and coordinate movements based on the way muscles move, stretch, and contract. Proprioception allows us to apply more or less pressure and force in a task. Instinctively, we know that lifting a feather requires very little pressure and effort, while moving a large backpack requires more work.  We are able to coordinate our movements effectively to manage our day’s activities with the proprioceptive system.  The brain also must coordinate input about gravity, movement, and balance involving the vestibular system.    (This post does contain affiliate links.)Dinosaur feelings and Heavy work activitiesProprioception Feelings

      Kids who are showing signs of proprioceptive dysfunction might do some of these things:

      • Appear clumsy
      • Fidget when asked to sit quietly.
      • Show an increased activity level or arousal level.
      • Seek intense proprioceptive input by “crashing and bashing” into anything.
      • Slap their feet when walking.
      • Flap hands.
      • Use too much or too little force on pencils, scissors, objects, and people.
      • “No fear” when jumping or walking down stairs.
      • Or, are overly fearful of walking down steps/jumping.
      • Look at their body parts (hands/feet) when completing simple tasks.
      • Sit down too hard or miss chairs when sitting.
      • Fall out of their seat.
      • Fluctuates between over-reacting and under-reacting in response to stimulation.
      • Constantly on the move.
      • Slow to get moving and then fatigue easily.
      Dinosaur themed sensory (proprioception) heavy work activities for organizing and calming sensory input. This is perfect for a child who seeks out sensory stimulation.

      Dinosaur Themed Heavy Work Activities

      This activity is easy.  There is not much to it really, other than being a dinosaur themed way to calm and organize those big dinosaur feelings. The heavy work activities add proprioception that can be a tool to address regulation or sensory needs. Here, I’m sharing with you a few heavy work suggestions that may help hyposensitive kiddos.  I wanted to share activities that might be of interest to the child that loves a dinosaur theme.  It’s my hope that these work for you and your family!  If you are looking for more dinosaur themed movement activities, check out this past post sharing Dinosaur movement activities, based on the book popular children’s book, Dinosaurumpus.  

      Dinosaur heavy work activities can help as a coping tool for self-regulation in kids.

      Please note (as with any activity that you find on this website): This is meant to be a resource and not Occupational Therapy treatment.  Please seek individualized evaluation and treatment strategies for your child.  All kids are so different in their sensory needs and abilities and adverse reactions can occur with globalized treatments.   

      Dinosaur themed sensory (proprioception) heavy work activities for organizing and calming sensory input. This is perfect for a child who seeks out sensory stimulation.

        Big dino-sized feelings can happen in a little body!    

      These dinosaur brain breaks are free heavy work cards for dinosaur proprioception activities

       Simply print out the free printable, cut out the cards, and pretend to play, walk, and eat like a dinosaur!  We did use our Mini Dinosaurs as we practiced all of the Dino Moves in these activities. Use them in a scavenger hunt. Your child needs to find hidden dinosaurs and once they bring them back to you, do a proprioception activity from the handout.

      Another idea is to do the heavy wok activities before a fine motor task like handwriting to calm and organize the body.  You can get the free dinosaur proprioception activities printable by joining the thousands of others on our newsletter subscriber list.  You will receive occasional newsletter emails. Once you subscribe you’ll receive an email with a link to the free printable, as well as other freebies that only our subscribers receive.  

      Kids will love these dinosaur activities for occupational therapy to help kids address fine and gross motor skills using OT dinosaur activities.

      Dinosaur Activities for OT sessions

      Looking for more Dinosaur activities?  Try adding these to your occupational therapy interventions. Some of the ideas below are great for adding to teletherapy sessions. Others make great OT home programs.

      Dinosaur Activities for Occupational Therapy

      Ok, you have a child on your OT caseload (on in your classroom or home) that LOVES all things dinosaur…how do you get them involved in therapy sessions? You can totally guide therapy goals along a theme like dinosaurs. The OT dinosaur activities listed below are fun ways to work on specific skills in therapy sessions, using hands-on play and activities. You’ll find fine motor dinosaur activities, gross motor dinosaur ideas, dinosaur printables, sensory play with a dino theme, and even dinosaur visual perception activities. If you have a child in OT who LOVES all things dinosaur, these are great incentive activities that will build attention and focus to the session. Adding a much-loved theme to therapy sessions can empower a child as they play with more intent and attention.

      Occupational therapy activities with a dinosaur theme for heavy work activities and movement.

      Dinosaur Gross Motor Game– This dinosaur game offers kids a chance to MOVE! Use a child’s love of dinosaurs to create movement breaks and indoor activity with a dinosaur theme. This is one indoor play idea that my own children loved when they were little, but the bonus is that they gain midline crossing, motor planning, sequencing, bilateral coordination, balance, endurance, proprioception, and vestibular benefits all in the same movement activity.

      Dinosaur Playdough Kit can be made with play dough and a few small dinosaur figures. It’s a great way to add proprioception to the hands as heavy work before a handwriting activity. This busy activity can be pulled out at any time and kids can keep those hands busy while building intrinsic hand strength and endurance needed for tasks like coloring. Read more about warming-up the hands before fine motor tasks here.

      Free Dinosaur Visual Perception Sheet– This printable page can be printed off once and used with a page protector sheet for the whole therapy caseload. Or, add it to teletherapy sessions or distance learning as part of a child’s specific plan. Kids can work on visual perceptual skills such as scanning, form discrimination, figure ground, form constancy, and other visual perception skills. It’s perfect for dinosaur fans of all ages!

      Dinosaur Counting Cards with clothes pins to clip onto the matching number of dinosaurs is a great way to build hand strength with a dinosaur theme. Print them off and add them to your therapy toolbox. Here are more ways to use clothes pins in building skills in kids.

      Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs book and jacks game– have you read the children’s book, Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs? This children’s book is very cute and a fun way to add books to occupational therapy sessions. Then, add the fine motor and motor planning jacks game to build coordination and dexterity skills by playing jacks. This is such a fun way to add movement and reading to therapy sessions, making motor planning, sustained attention, bilateral coordination, crossing midline, floor play (heavy work!), all integrated into a single dinosaur activity!

      Dinosaur Matching with mini-figure dinosaurs is a fun way to work on visual scanning, visual discrimination, visual memory, and other visual perceptual skills. Using a small ball of play dough, press the dinosaur’s feet into the dough. They can then try to match up the feet to the footprints. All you need are mini dinosaur figures and salt dough, play dough, or similar dough. It’s a fun way to work on skills that come in handy for handwriting, reading, and number identification.

      Dinosaur Guessing Game is a fun way to work on discrimination skills and visual attention. For kids that have trouble attending to tasks, this dinosaur themed activity may do just the trick. Use dinosaur figurines and a box or basket to hide the dinosaurs. You can cover the dinosaurs and ask children to find the dino with specific features such as sharp teeth or a specific color. This visual memory game builds skills needed for letter discrimination and attention to detail.

      Free Dinosaur Number Puzzles– Kids can cut the paper puzzles into strips to work on scissor skills and bilateral coordination. The strait lines or these puzzles make it a great beginning scissor activity for children learning to use scissors. Then, they can challenge those visual perceptual skills to build the puzzle by scanning, and attending to details as they discriminate parts of the puzzles.

      Dinosaur Emergent Reader– Use a piece of colored paper to create a cone dinosaur craft like the one shown in this post. Kids can make colored dinosaurs and match them to dinosaur counters or small pieces of paper that match the colors. Don’t want to make the dinosuar crafts? Use colored cups to pretend!

      Free Dinosaur Subitizing Game– This dinosaur subitizing printable page has a fine motor component by that builds precision and dexterity as kids place counters on a printable play mat. They can roll a dice ans work on an the essential math skill of subitizing. What is subitizing? Essentially, this skill means kids can look at a group of objects and know how many there without having to count each object one by one. Subitizing is important in math, especially higher math skills.

      Dinosaur Sensory Bottle– You know we love sensory bottles! Sensory bottles are a great tool to add to your toolbox to address sensory needs or self-regulation. Using a sensory bottle as a coping tool can help kids relax, calm down, or focus. This dinosaur themed sensory bottle is great for kids who love dinosaur anything! Here is more information on how to make a sensory bottle.

      Dinosaur Letter Tracing– Kids can work on fine motor precision and dexterity while also working on letter formation, gross motor skills, bilateral coordination, crossing midline, visual tracking, and so many more skills. All you need are dinosaur mini-figures, paper, and a marker. Draw a large letter on the paper and then children can place the small dinosaurs along the lines to “build” the letters. Here is more information on teaching letter formation and using manipulatives like these small dinosaur figures in teaching letters.

      DIY Dinosaur Tangrams
      All you need is a set of tangram shapes, paper, and markers to make your own dinosaur tangram pattern cards. Kids will love building their own pattern cards, too. This is a great activity for those who have the actual tangram puzzle pieces, but don’t have access to a color printer or are able to purchase pre-made dinosaur pattern cards. Work on visual perceptual skills by copying and building the geometric dinosaurs together as a fun activity that little dinosaur fans will love. Here is a great resource on how to use tangrams to build visual perceptual skills. Check out that article, and then you can read more on the specifics of tangrams and handwriting. The fine motor activity and the functional task of writing go “hand-in-hand”!

      Dinosaur themed sensory (proprioception) heavy work activities for organizing and calming sensory input. This is perfect for a child who seeks out sensory stimulation.

      Are you looking for thorough information on Sensory Processing and Proprioception (or any of the sensory systems and how they affect functional skills, behavior, and the body’s sensory systems?  This book, Sensory Lifestyle Handbook, will explain it all.  Activities and Resources are included. Get it today and never struggle to understand or explain Sensory Integration again.  Shop HERE.

      This post is part of our 31 Days of Occupational Therapy series where you can find free or almost free treatment activities and ideas.  Stop by every day!  You’ll find more fun ideas each day in October.

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