When I worked as an Occupational Therapist in the schools and in homes, one of my favorite tools in my OT treatment bag was a pegboard. The treatment techniques for a simple pegboard is vast when it comes to many treatment goals in the OT setting.
From fine motor skills and all that they entail (in-hand manipulation, pincer grasp, tripod grasp, grasp and release, separation of the two sides of the hand, arch development, open thumb web space, thumb opposition, bilateral hand coordination) to visual perceptual skills (form copying, eye-hand coordination, visual discrimination, visual motor planning, copying on various planes, and letter and number formation)…pegs and pegboards are an Occupational Therapist’s secret weapon!
Today in the 31 Days of Occupational Therapy series, I’ve got homemade pegboard ideas for you. Yep, you can make your own pegboard on the cheap for creative fun and learning, all the while, working on more skills than you can count!
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Homemade Pegboard Ideas for Occupational Therapy Activities
Why Use pegboards in Fine Motor and Visual Perceptual Skill Development?
Best Pegboards for Fine Motor Skills and Visual Perceptual Skills
is a big OT recommendation. The slanted surface allows for functional and effective wrist position, and the small pegs are perfect for manipulating.
This Peg Board
is perfect for color identification and fine motor work with it’s small pegs in bright colors.
is a great game to play with kids that works on fine motor skills. It’s travel size is perfect, too!
You could also try these Wooden Peg Game Assortment for many different pegboard games.
You’ve played Classic Trouble Board Game, right? It’s a peg board game that all kids will love. Occupational Therapists love it for it’s fine motor workout!
You can make a pattern card for any pegboard activity, but this Peg Board Set is nice with it’s prefabricated pattern cards and bigger sized pegs for small hands.