Left Right Discrimination Slide Deck

left right discrimination activity

Working on left right discrimination with kids? It can be difficult to teach left right awareness, especially in a virtual environment like teletherapy sessions require. Today’s free therapy slide deck is a left right discrimination activity with a picnic theme, going perfectly with our virtual picnic therapy activities slide deck just released to the site.

Left right discrimination with a picnic theme to help kids with left right awareness in functional tasks.

We’ve talked before about mixed dominance vs. ambidexterity, which is a concern that comes up when kids don’t use one hand or one side for motor tasks. You’ll want to start there to read more about this issue.

The thing is that the confusion between left and right becomes an issue in play or learning tasks, especially when children are asked to follow directions that require a knowledge of left and right. When children don’t have a strong awareness of left and right, you’ll see confusion and even embarrassment in a group setting.

This other post on hand dominance offers 3 activities to work on left right awareness, and can be a great way to expand this left right discrimination activity to hands-on activities that build motor skills.

Left Right Discrimination Activity

In this particular interactive activity, kids can use the right left discrimination occupational therapy activities to help with these discrimination skills needed for handwriting or establishing a dominant side.

The slide deck is an interactive tool that allows children to sort items that are directionally pointing to either the left or right sides on the screen. There are several left right discrimination activities to work through on this picnic themed slide deck:

Left Right Awareness with Hands

First up is a visual graphic that helps kids to understand their left and right hands using their left hand as a visual reminder.

On the slide deck, kids can look at the visual and follow the directions:

  1. On both of your hands, stick out your thumb and your pointer finger.
  2. Now look at what shape that made on each hand! One hand looks like the letter “L” and the other is a backwards “L.”
  3. The word “left” starts with the letter “L!” This means that the hand with the “L” shape is your left hand!

Kids can use this trick to help them remember which way is left and which way is right.

Left Right Direction Activity

After kids have a kinesthetic and visual approach to remembering left and right, there are slides that work on sorting images into categories of left vs. right.

This interactive portion allows kids to click on the images and sort them into left or right.

If the user needs prompts, remind them to use their hands to make the L with their fingers to recall which side is their left side. This can help to establish memory by using several sensory methods: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic within several repetitions.

Left Right Sorting Activity

Next, you’ll see several slide decks that ask the user to move a circle to cover the item facing either the left or the right. The directions are written at the top of each slide deck and changes on each slide. You can again remind users to use their hands to remember which side of the screen is their left and which is their right.

This can be helpful for teaching left right discrimination because through a screen like in teletherapy services, it can be difficult to address the left or right awareness (especially if there is a screen flipping issue that comes up with teletherapy services).

The picnic themed visuals are fun for a picnic theme and includes things like a grill, hot dog, picnic kids, backpackers, etc.

Left Right Discrimination Matching Activity

Finally, there are several slides that ask the user to move the circle to cover a matching image across the slide. This visual perception activity addresses several areas typically developed through therapy activities:

  • Visual discrimination
  • Form constancy
  • Visual scanning
  • Visual memory
  • Visual attention

The user can also address eye-hand coordination as they move the mouse or click and drag to move the circles to cover each matching item.

Again, work on left right discrimination by asking the child to name the direction that the item is facing: Is it facing the left or is it facing the right?

All of these left right discrimination activities are powerful ways to help kids with directionality that is needed for functional tasks.

Free left right discrimination slide deck

Want this picnic themed therapy slide deck to work on left right discrimination? Enter your email address into the form below to grab this teletherapy activity.

When kids go through the slides, you can reset the movable items to their original state by clicking the history link at the top navigation bar. Simply click the “last edit” link and then go to the right side bar. You’ll see a link that says “reset slides”. Click this link and then go to the top navigation bar again and click the button that says “Restore this version”. Then, all of those movable pieces on the whole deck will reset to their original spots and you can restart the therapy activities.

Don’t forget to also grab the virtual picnic therapy activities slide deck, too!

Left Right Discrimination Picnic Theme Activities

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    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 contact@theottoolbox.com.

    Virtual Picnic Therapy Activities

    virtual picnic therapy slide deck

    This week’s free slide decks are fun virtual picnic therapy activities that can be used to encourage motor skills in therapy sessions. I love the picnic theme for the upcoming warmer weather this summer, but also as a fun way to spend the last few weeks of the school year. Kids will love this virtual picnic in therapy or at home! Also be sure to grab this left right discrimination picnic theme slide deck.

    Virtual picnic therapy activities for building gross motor skills and handwriting activities in therapy sessions or home therapy programs.

    Virtual Picnic

    When you use this virtual picnic to facilitate gross motor skills, kids can move, strengthen core stability, work on bilateral coordination, crossing midline, motor planning, eye-hand coordination, body awareness, muscle memory, and many other skills.

    Plus, the virtual picnic activities includes a visual perceptual skills activities, and picnic handwriting activities.

    These virtual picnic activities go hand-in-hand with picnic crafts, fine motor activities, mindfulness activities, making a full week of camping themed or picnic themed fun for kids.

    Combine the picnic therapy activities on this slide deck to some other, hands-on picnic themed activities to round out the therapy theme:

    And, when you have a picnic, making picnic foods with kids is a must…further building fine motor skills, cognitive skills like planning, preparation, impulse control, and other executive functioning skills, and independence in daily tasks! Try these cooking with kids activities that help to build skills, but are GREAT picnic foods for kids to make:

    Kids can participate in the virtual picnic by making one of these cooking activities (as long as they have a helper at home for their cooking activities) or, make pretend food and work on direction following, sequencing, planning, and task completion.

    So, you can use these ideas to combine therapy recommendations for the home OR use these ideas in therapy sessions to create picnic themed therapy activities!

    Want to add virtual picnic activities to your sessions or home programming? This week’s free slide deck covers several different occupational therapy intervention areas (and are great for physical therapy sessions, too.)

    Picnic Gross Motor Activities

    The first part of the slide deck includes picnic gross motor activities.

    Kids can look at the image on the slide deck and pick out one piece of visual information in order to act out the picnic scene. Each picnic scene includes several people that are in various gross motor positions to challenge core strength, coordinatin, midline crossing, bilateral coordinaiton, motor planning, and more.

    Kids can also work on visual perceptual skills such as visual discrimination, visual figure ground, visual closure, etc.

    Children can then use this part of the slide deck to foster muscle memory, visual memory, and sequencing. You could go through this part of the slide deck several times and work on recalling physical motor sequences or play a memory game. The slides are pretty open-ended to facilitate a number of goal areas when it comes to gross motor skill, coordination, visual skills, etc.

    Picnic Handwriting Activities

    The next several slides in the slide deck are open-ended picnic writing prompts. There are more picnic scenes that include a variety of picnic items.

    Children can scan the image and pull out words to write on paper, or they can use the list on the slide deck to copy and then find the hidden items in the picture.

    To grade this activity, ask kids to compose a sentence using the picnic words on the slide. Or, ask children to circle the items on the slide using a shape feature on Google slides. These activities challenge the visual perceptual skills and visual motor skills needed for handwriting and copying written work.

    Use these picnic handwriting activities to focus on letter formation, spacing, sizing, and overall neatness in handwriting skills.

    Free Virtual Picnic Slide Deck

    Want to add this virtual picnic slide deck to your therapy toolbox? Enter your email address into the form below to access this slide deck. Don’t forget to check out all of the Free Slides that we have available for teletherapy and for facilitating therapy sessions with kids!

    Free Virtual Picnic Therapy Activities Slide Deck

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      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 contact@theottoolbox.com.

      Adorable Ant Crafts for Kids

      ant crafts for kids

      These ant crafts are completely adorable but more than that, each ant craft you find here is a powerful fine motor activity that builds hand strength, scissor skills, motor planning, direction following, sequencing, and precision. Check out each ant craft below for fine motor crafts to use in OT sessions or to develop specific skills.

      These ant crafts make a great addition to Spring occupational therapy activities and Summer occupational therapy activities.

      Ant Crafts

      You can add these ant craft ideas to a picnic theme in therapy. Be sure to grab these picnic activities for your ant crafts to join:

       

       

       
      Ant crafts for kids. These are so cute!
       

      Cute Ant Craft Ideas 

      When we saw Reading Book By Book’s ant hill reading activity, we had to share it.  Then of course, we had to look for more cute ants on the web!  

       

      Try these other ant craft ideas as well:

      This ant spoon craft from Paging Fun Mums is a fine motor activity for working on bilateral coordination and hand strength.

      This ant egg carton craft from Teaching Mama builds precision, dexterity, in-hand manipulation, sequencing, and motor planning skills.

      This ant puppet from Toddler Approved challenges scissor skills, bilateral coordination, eye-hand coordination, and other fine motor skills.

      This ant theme from Chestnut Grove Academy includes an ant craft stamp activity that can build eye-hand coordination and add proprioceptive input.

      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 contact@theottoolbox.com.