One of the most popular posts here on The OT Toolbox is our 31 Days of Occupational Therapy Activities. It was a couple of years back that we shared 31 different occupational therapy activities using free or inexpensive materials. Since then, so many of you have checked out that list of activities. I wanted to expand on that series and add to your therapy toolbox using items you probably already have in your therapy bag. For that reason, we’ll be sharing lots more lists of therapy ideas using common items.
Today, we’ll be talking about occupational therapy activities using tongs.
Occupational Therapy Activities Using Tongs
Most therapists probably have a pair of tongs in their therapy closet or therapy bag. There’s a reason why! Tongs are so very versatile when it comes to occupational therapy activities. They can be used in a variety of tasks and play activities that develop strength, an open thumb web space, bilateral coordination, crossing midline, shoulder and wrist stability, arch development, separation of the sides of the hand, visual motor skills, eye-hand coordination, direction-following, and SO much more!
Check out the activity ideas using tongs below for fresh ideas that can be used in treatment with many individuals.
These tong activities would be a great addition to summer occupational therapy activities and home programs!
Occupational Therapy Activities With Tongs
Use tongs to work on intrinsic hand strength and visual motor skills.
Make your own DIY Tongs with craft sticks! So fun and always a hit in our house.
Tongs can be helpful in increasing the graded grasp and release needed for controlling scissors when cutting. These bunny tongs were used to promote scissor skills.
Kids can work on eye-hand coordination with tongs. The nice thing about an activity like this one is that a variety of tongs can be used based on the child’s age, fine motor skills, development, or the goal of the activity.
Go small-scale and use a set of tweezers or mini tongs to remove seeds from apple slices.
Tongs can be added to an occupational therapy activity kit depending on the needs of children on a caseload. Use those tongs to address many different needs and underlying skills!
Incorporate tongs into play to address fine motor skills. Use the fine motor tool in a variety of play experiences.
Use mini erasers in counting, sorting, and learning like The Crafty OT.
Use tongs to manipulate and move strands of yarn in a pasta pretend play activity like Ever Never Again. What a fun activity!
Use cut straws and tongs to strengthen fine motor skills like Mess for Less.
How can Occupational Therapy Activities Using Tongs Help with Development?
In SO many ways!