Going camping this summer? This free therapy slide deck is a camping writing activity that kids can use to work on handwriting skills this summer. Use the camping activity as a tool to work on handwriting skills in therapy sessions or at home this summer.
When you think of camping and writing, you might think about writing letters home from a summer camp. Or, maybe you think of writing out packing lists before you head off to tent in the woods for the weekend.
Both are actually really great natural writing tasks that kids can use to put pencil to paper this summer and work on writing skills without the boring rote practice that thoughts of handwriting typically bring.
However, to expand on that theme a bit, this camping writing slide deck is great for building specific writing skills over the summer months.
You can use this slide deck in teletherapy sessions, in home programs, in extended school year, or at home to work on writing skills such as:
- copying skills
- letter formation
- size awareness
- line use
- visual motor skills
The camping activities include visual forms that children can copy without admitting details so that they are working on visual perceptual skills such as form constancy, visual discrimination, visual closure, and other areas.
There are several simple camping images that build up to more complex camping images that kids can copy to build visual motor skills and attention to detail.
There’s also a part of the activity where kids can copy specific terms related to tenting and camping.
Kids can copy these words right onto the screen using an Google Jamboard or they can copy the words onto paper. Several slides have lined portions where kids can copy the words onto the screen. You’ll find a link to access this resource once you access the file in the form at the bottom of this post.
When kids copy words they need to work on they are using visual perceptual skills such as visual scanning, visual attention, visual memory, and visual shift. These tasks this skills are important for tasks such as copying written material from a chalkboard or smart board in the classroom.
This handwriting active activity can also be expanded to ask kids to copy the words into alphabetical order or to expand the activity by asking them to write a sentence including the words.
Free Camping Writing Slide Deck
Would you like to add this camping hand writing activity to your therapy tool box? Enter your email address into the form below to access this free therapy slide deck.
More Ideas for Summer
Want more ways to play and build skills while camping or with a camping theme in therapy sessions or at home? Check out these fun ideas:
- Sensory Diet Activities for Playing in the Woods
- Sensory Nature Walk for the Family
- Outdoor Balance Beam Ideas
- Outdoor Lawn Games
- Tag Games
- Summer OT Activities
Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to email@example.com.