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 download 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
Working on building skills this summer? The Summer OT Bundle is for you!
Work on fine motor skills, visual perception, visual motor skills, sensory tolerance, handwriting, scissor skills, and much more so that kids can accomplish self-care tasks, learn, and grow through play all summer long.
This bundle is perfect for the pediatric occupational therapist who needs resources and tools to use in summer therapy sessions, home programs, or extended school year therapy plans.
This bundle is perfect for parents, grandparents, and caregivers looking to provide developmental fine motor activities designed to help kids build skills.
- Send kids back to school in the Fall without worrying about the “Summer Slide”.
- Use these materials to work on areas like hand strength, fine motor development, scissor skills, handwriting, pencil control, pencil grasp, sensory play experiences, and much more. Just pull out the pages or activities you need for your child, and develop skills through play!
The Summer OT Bundle includes 19 resources that you can print and use over and over again:
- (NEW) Summer Fine Motor Kit ($20 value)- 90 pages of fine motor work, pencil grasp activities, strengthening, and eye-hand coordination tasks.
- (NEW) Summer Writing Lists ($5 value)- 28 pages of weekly writing lists
- (NEW) Summer Memory Game ($2 value)
- Summer OT Pack ($20 value)-14 individual products including Spot It game, slide decks, and much more.
- Summer Sensory Activities Guide ($5 value)
- Outdoor Play Sensory Diet Cards and Challenges ($8 value)
Helping children develop and achieve functional skills this summer was never so easy (or fun!)
Be sure to grab the Summer OT Bundle, a HUGE resource of therapy tools and activities for all things building skills this summer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.