Disguise the Turkey Digital Activity

Disguise the Turkey free digital slide deck for teletherapy

This Disguise the Turkey digital activity is an interactive Thanksgiving activity that kids can use to as a disguise the turkey project for this year. In a year when teletherapy and distance learning is the new way, digital activities are the way to go. Recently, I shared a free turkey theme slide deck for virtual therapy sessions. It was a HUGE hit. One thing that readers asked for was an interactive portion on one of the slides. On that slide, you’ll find a turkey with clothing items that students can write about. Today, I’m sharing this free occupational therapy slide deck for a disguise the turkey project in 2020.

Another free slide deck you’ll love is this teaching gratitude therapy slide deck that targets fine and gross motor skills, mindfulness, and more.

Disguise the turkey with this free interactive slide deck for Thanksgiving.

Disguise the Turkey

So, what is disguise the turkey? This is a fun Thanksgiving activity that all of my kids have done each year in their elementary years. They typically come home with a turkey template and instructions to put on their thinking caps and use materials they find around the home to disguise the turkey, so that he can hide from becoming Thanksgiving dinner.

Students are instructed to use materials in the home, recycled materials, paints, crayons, and other items to glue onto the turkey.

Disguise the turkey usually involves children turning their turkey pal into another character such as Santa Clause, an army guy, a cowboy, fairy, or any topic a child can imagine! One of my own kiddos even dressed his disguise a turkey project into a fidget spinner a few years back. Another of my kids turned their turkey into the Chick-Fil-A cow, and another disguised their turkey into a disco ball. The point is to think outside of the box and make a fun and creative project.

Normally, these disguised turkeys are hung in the school hallway or somewhere in the classroom for all to see the creative turkey fun.

This year is a little different, however.

To add some fun and creativity, I made this digital disguise the turkey slide deck.

Disguise the Turkey interactive slide deck is a free slide deck for teletherapy, digital learning, or virtual classrooms. Use this as a fun family activity based on the typical disguise the turkey projects for Thanksgiving.

Disguise the turkey project

Take the disguise the turkey project a bit further. After students move the interactive pieces onto the slide, they can work on other areas of learning and development so that this turkey project adds to the learning curriculum.

If you are feeling like many parents out there right now, children are spending way too much time on screens. There is a motivating factor and a need for screen-based activities during this time, however.

This disguise the turkey project includes an interactive slide deck to decorate the turkey with costumes, and a writing prompt to use in therapy or learning activities.

That’s why this disguise the turkey project hits the ball out of the park. It’s a fun activity for kids. They will be engaged in disguising their digital turkey with the movable slide pieces. And, if they’ve done a disguise the turkey project in years past, there is a bit of nostalgia that they might experience.

Disguise the Turkey Extension Ideas:

However, you can then extend this project in a way that works for the individual child’s needs in therapy, or in the classroom (or home classroom).

  • Ask students to write out the items that they used on their turkey project.
  • Ask students to write a story about their turkey.
  • Use the prompts on the next slide and they can name their turkey, and fill in the blank about why their turkey is safe in the disguise they designed.
  • Use this slide to work on sentence composure and creative writing.
  • Work on typing skills as students type into the interactive text boxes on the slide.
  • Work on handwriting. Kids can write their responses on paper. This is a fun writing prompt for kids and they can work on letter formation, line use, spacing, letter sizing, and legibility.

You can use this as parents, therapists, and educators to work on all aspects of creative writing, typing, or handwriting.

Free digital slide deck to disguise the turkey!

Free Digital Disguise the Turkey Activity

Enter your email address below to access this free Google slide deck. Enter your email address in the form below and you will get a PDF delivered to your inbox. Click the button and you will be prompted to make a copy onto your Google Drive. Then, use that slide deck to teach gratitude to kids using movement and activities. Have fun!

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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.

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    Teaching Gratitude Slide Deck

    teaching gratitude free occupational therapy slide deck

    Today, I have another occupational therapy teletherapy slide deck to share and it’s all about teaching gratitude, just in time for Thanksgiving. If you’ve been hanging around this site since about March of 2020, then you have probably seen quite a few teletherapy activities in the way of free slide decks. This one is perfect for helping kids understand gratitude and especially in hands-on, practical ways that they can learn gratitude and all that that means. Let me tell you about what all is in this free slide deck and then you can get your copy at the bottom of this blog post.

    Teaching gratitude is easy with this gratitude activity slide deck for virtual therapy.

    Teaching Gratitude

    When it comes to teaching gratitude, there is nothing like being immersed in a sense of thankfulness. This gratitude activity helps kids better define what they are thankful for so they can show and express gratitude for the things they are thankful for, both to themselves in the way they understand gratitude, and as an expression to others.

    I created these slide decks to help kids identify exactly what it is that they are thankful for, and in a way that helps them use their whole body through gross motor activities, and through fine motor work, as well as handwriting and verbal communication.

    In this thankfulness activity, I broke down gratitude into different activities that builds on areas they might be working on in occupational therapy interventions.

    Related: Here is another gratitude activity for kids.

    Teaching gratitude to children is fun with this gratitude mindfulness activity.

    Teaching Gratitude with Mindfulness

    The slide deck includes several activities, one of them being a warm-up activity that encourages mindfulness and deep breathing.

    Children can use whole-body movements with big deep breaths in and deep breaths out as they pretend to place imaginary items into a basket. This is a fun way to incorporate deep breathing concepts of mindfulness along with gross motor actions, core strengthening and expanded lung capacity with gratitude as children imagine and think of the things they are thankful for.

    Related: Here is a Thanksgiving mindfulness activity that you can pair with this slide deck.

    Teach gratitude with a fine motor activity kids will love.

    Teaching Gratitude with Fine Motor

    The next slide in this free slide deck asks children to draw and cut out paper leaves. This is a nice teletherapy activity using only paper, a pencil, and scissors.

    Children can draw, cut, and then curl the edges of their paper leaves, working on fine motor skills such as hand strength, bilateral coordination, pincer grasp, eye-hand coordination, precision, and visual motor skills, as well.

    Related: Here is a way to extend the activity and teach gratitude using the leaf craft.

    Teaching kids to be grateful helps with writing it out. Use this gratitude writing activity for kids.

    Teaching Gratitude with Handwriting

    Children can then write out the things, people, and places that they have gratitude for. This action of writing down gratitude can be a way to make concepts real.

    Adding in the handwriting piece makes this a great teletherapy activity for occupational therapy sessions.

    Love this gratitude scavenger hunt as a gross motor activity to teach gratitude to kids.

    Teaching Gratitude with Gross Motor

    The next part of this free slide deck is a movement scavenger hunt. Children can go through the slides and find people, items, or things that they are thankful for, by moving around their home.

    This is also a good way to work on visual perceptual skills such as visual attention, visual discrimination, and visual figure ground skills.

    Want to get this free slide deck to teach gratitude?

    Enter your email address in the form below and you will get a PDF delivered to your inbox. Click the button and you will be prompted to make a copy onto your Google Drive. Then, use that slide deck to teach gratitude to kids using movement and activities. Have fun!

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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.

      Turkey Theme Therapy Slide Deck

      Turkey theme slide deck for occupational therapy

      Whether you are looking for turkey activities for teletherapy, or some added ways to make occupational therapy sessions fun this time of year, our latest free therapy slide deck is for you. Below, you can access a free turkey theme therapy slide deck to use as an outline for occupational therapy interventions or to add motor skills to help kids thrive.

      Turkey theme slide deck for occupational therapy

      Turkey Theme Therapy Slide Deck

      Today’s turkey theme slide deck is just one more in the series of free interactive slide decks for occupational therapy. You can access all of the free slides at the bottom of this blog post.

      For more occupational therapy teletherapy activities, check out this blog post.

      This turkey theme therapy slide deck covers a variety of areas:

      • Gross motor warm up
      • Fine motor skills
      • Handwriting
      • Visual perceptual skills and visual motor skills
      • Self-regulation
      Turkey theme gross motor slide deck for occupational therapy interventions

      Turkey theme gross motor activity

      Use the gross motor warm up to challenge motor planning, core strength, and bilateral coordination. Use this warm up activity for whole-body movement to get ready for working on other areas in therapy.

      Turkey theme fine motor slide deck for occupational therapy interventions

      Turkey theme Fine Motor Activities

      The fine motor portion of this free slide deck uses sign language as a way to get fingers and hands moving. Kids can follow along with the slide deck to spell out “TURKEY” while copying images and practicing the American Sign Language.

      These activities help kids with visual motor skills, separation of the sides of the hand, finger isolation, arch development, and more.

      Turkey theme handwriting slide deck for occupational therapy interventions

      Turkey theme Handwriting Activity

      This slide is open-ended and designed to meet the needs of a variety of ages and levels of children. Kids can write a list of the clothing words to dress the turkey. Other kids might write a sentence using certain clothing names as they disguise a turkey. Still other children might write a paragraph.

      The slide can also be used as a visual discrimination or visual memory activity. Ask students to look at the slide and then switch it out. Can they remember all of the clothing items on the disguise the turkey activity?

      turkey theme visual perception slide deck for occupational therapy interventions

      Turkey theme Visual Perception Activity

      Next, ask students to move the interactive turkey through the maze as they work on a variety of visual perceptual skills and eye-hand coordination.

      turkey theme self regulation slide deck for occupational therapy interventions

      Turkey theme Self Regulation Activity

      Finally, students can fill in the self-regulation checklist as they take a self assessment of their feelings, emotions, and behaviors. This is a good time to end the therapy session and come up with some strategies or coping tools to address any self-regulation needs.

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      Enjoy and have fun!

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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.

        Turkey Crafts for Kids

        turkey craft for kids that are great crafts for teletherapy

        Looking for easy turkey crafts for therapy, the classroom, or at home? These turkey crafts for kids are ones that are not only fun ways to celebrate Thanksgiving with kids, they are also super simple Thanksgiving ideas for virtual therapy or hybrid lessons. This time of year, turkey crafts are the way to go when it comes to facilitating fine motor skills, executive functioning, motor planning, and direction following in occupational therapy interventions. The teachers who follow this site for developmental crafts and activities, love to find crafts that build skills. Parents might look a fun art project to create and want easy crafts that kids can make on their own. These easy turkey crafts are great crafts for teletherapy, too.

        turkey craft for kids that are great crafts for teletherapy

        These turkey crafts are quick and easy and perfect for busy mamas and papas.  

        Here are more Thanksgiving activities for kids to add to your therapy toolbox.

        Turkey Crafts for Kids

        I wanted to share super simple turkey crafts for kids that can be used in occupational therapy teletherapy sessions for the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Many of these turkey crafts use just a few materials, making them easy turkey crafts!

        This turkey craft uses colored construction paper to make a turkey wreath. Children can cut the feathers and practice scissor accuracy.

        Use a paper cup and construction paper to make a paper cup turkey. It’s perfect for working on fine motor skills with children.

        Use a straw and cup to encourage oral motor skills or for proprioceptive input through the mouth. Better yet, add this turkey craft to the cup for a Thanksgiving craft idea!

        To continue with the calming proprioceptive input using a straw, make a turkey craft juice box cover using a recycled paper towel tube. It’s a turkey craft that kids will get a kick out of, while working on fine motor skills.

        Make a clothes pin turkey with the turkey cut-outs in this Thanksgiving Fine Motor Kit. You’ll love how easy it is to work on fine motor skills using the 12 number cards.

        Using a recycled paper towel tube, kids can work on fine motor skills to make this fun cardboard tube turkey craft.

        Still another cardboard tube craft is this turkey stamp craft idea.

        turkey crafts for kids

        SUPER easy Turkey Crafts

        For those of us looking for super easy turkey crafts to use in teletherapy or when a quick craft is needed, these easy craft ideas are perfect:

        Paper Towel Feather Turkey- This easy turkey feathers craft uses only paper towels, markers, and water to make watercolor turkey craft. This would be a great turkey craft for therapy, working on pre-writing lines, and cutting a simple shape.

        Handprint Turkey- Sometimes the classic craft is best! Work on bilateral coordination, eye-hand coordination, motor skills, and more by tracing the hand and then decorating. Take the fine motor skills up a notch and ask children to color in the turkey and then cut it out.

        Paper Plate Turkey Craft- Use a regular paper plate and cut along the edges to make feathers. Children can then draw a turkey right on the plate. try this paper plate turkey craft to work on scissor skills by cutting along the curved edge of the paper plate.

        Coffee Filter Turkey- Cut along the edge of the coffee filter, add color with a marker, and draw a turkey face on the front. Try this coffee filter turkey to work on scissor skills and fine motor skills.

        Paper Bag Turkey- Use a paper bag to make a turkey puppet craft. Use the materials you have on hand and really work on fine motor skills.

        Leaf Turkey- Grab some leaves from outside and make a leaf turkey craft. This is another fantastic fine motor craft for kids.

        Draw a Turkey- Using a guided tutorial is a nice way to work on visual motor skills and only requires a pencil, paper, and crayons. This turkey drawing guided tutorial is easy and fun.

        Shape Turkeys- Work on scissor skills and cutting easy shapes by making these shape turkeys. Such a great turkey craft for preschoolers!

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        Grab your copy of the Thanksgiving Fine Motor Kit now and start working on these areas:

        • Pencil control
        • Scissor skills
        • Hand strength
        • Pinch strength
        • Bilateral coordination
        • Eye-hand coordination
        • Visual motor skills
        • Handwriting and letter formation
        • Precision and dexterity
        • Separation of the sides of the hand
        • Coloring accuracy and endurance
        • Pre-writing line accuracy
        • Precision and dexterity
        • Pincer grasp

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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.

        Football Theme Therapy Slides

        Football theme activities slide deck for therapy

        Here it is… another free therapy slide deck, this time with a football theme! Recently, I shared a football activities blog post here on the website. It’s perfect for your football-loving therapy clients that need to build motor skill development in OT sessions. Today’s free occupational therapy slide deck with a football theme therapy slide deck that is just one more football themed set of activities that you can add to your pediatric occupational therapy intervention toolbox!

        Football theme activities slide deck for therapy

        Football Theme Therapy Slide Deck

        This slide deck is another free resource that you can use in teletherapy interventions using an interactive slide deck designed to boost skills in fine motor, gross motor, vision, mindfulness, self-regulation, and more.

        Use these slides to run a whole therapy session, based on the individual needs of your clients…OR, use just a slide or two to work on specific skills.

        The nice thing about using a football theme is that you can pair the occupational therapy theme of the week (football activities in this case), with lots of different hands-on activities that build specific skills in the areas of motor planning, bilateral coordination, sensory input, regulation, and more.

        Kids can work through the interactive slides and move the movable parts of the slides to practice various occupational therapy interventions. The slides are designed to build skills in the following developmental areas:

        • Fine Motor Skills: In-hand manipulation, separation of the sides of the hand, precision
        • Gross Motor Skills: core strength, stability, strengthening, proximal stability
        • Visual Perceptual Skills: Visual discrimination, visual discrimination
        • Mindfulness: awareness, deep breathing, focus, attention

        Below, you’ll find a form to enter your email to grab this free interactive slide. But first, I wanted to explain how this slide deck works.

        Football theme activity for occupational therapy interventions to work on mindfulness with kids.

        Mindfulness Activity- Move the interactive football piece along the arrow to the field goal as students breathe a deep breath in and a deep breath out in a football themed mindfulness activity. This mindful breathing can act as a coping tool and a strategy to help kids with focused breathing so they are more aware off breath as a strategy for awareness, worries, or stress. Moving the football along the arrow line is also a good exercise in eye-hand coordination.

        football theme therapy slide deck

        Football Fine Motor Activity– with this slide, you are prompted to move the interactive football pieces over the football goal post. Then, students can follow the instructions on the slides to complete a hands-on activity with small pieces of paper. This fine motor activity works a variety of areas and gets those little hands moving.

        Here’s another football fine motor activity that you can pair with this slide deck.

        Football theme slide deck to work on visual perception with kids.

        Visual Perception Activity- Count the number of each type of football. Then, type the number that is found into the text box. This is a great way to work on a variety of visual perceptual skills with a football theme.

        Football theme slide deck to help kids work on handwriting.

        Football Theme Writing Prompts- Students can choose one writing prompt and write out their response on paper. They can do a mini-self assessment for accuracy of letter formation, letter and word spacing, and line use.

        Football theme gross motor activities for kids

        Football Gross Motor Activities- There are several different core body stretches and movements. Students can use a real football or pretend to use one as they go through each pose. Some students can benefit from going through this section of the slide deck several times.

        Football activity to work on self regulation with kids.

        Self-Regulation Check-In- Finally, students can move the interactive piece to slide the football marker to describe their feelings, emotions, and behaviors. This is a good chance to talk about coping tools they have available to help with self-regulation.

        Handwriting: Use writing prompts to practice letter formation, spacing, sizing, and legibility with football theme writing prompts

        FREE Football Theme SLIDE DECK

        Here’s how you can get the interactive slide deck to work on occupational therapy goals with a football theme:

        Enter your email address in the form below. Check your email and click on the button to grab your download. Save that download so you can access these slide decks again.

        Sign into your Google account. Click on the big button in that PDF that you just downloaded. It will prompt you to make a copy of the slide deck. That will be your master copy of this slide deck.

        Now the slide deck is on your Google account.

        Share the slide deck with students. You can make a copy for each student and upload it to their Google classroom or use it in Zoom. Here is a post on FAQ for troubleshooting any issues you might run across with using or accessing the 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.

          Community Helpers Slide Deck

          Community helper activity with a themed slide deck for occupational therapy virtual therapy sessions.

          Today, I’ve got another virtual OT slide deck coming your way, featuring community helpers! These interactive activities are perfect for occupational teletherapy teletherapy or virtual lesson plans. This community helpers theme includes fine and gross motor based activities, handwriting prompts, a visual perception activity, mindfulness activities, a self-regulation check-in, and an eye-hand coordination activity.

          This is a fun addition to our weekly therapy themes for themed occupational therapy sessions.

          Activity to teach kids about community helpers in a themed interactive slide deck for occupational therapy.

          Community Helpers

          Community worker themes are popular in lesson plans in schools and homeschooling. Occupational therapists can compliment educational studies with this community helper lesson plan that offers movement and functional tasks that go along with the theme.

          Community helpers might include:

          • Firefighters
          • Police officers
          • Postal workers
          • Transportation employees
          • Trash collectors
          • Nurses
          • Doctors
          • Teachers
          • Occupational therapists!
          • Physical therapists
          • Speech therapists
          • Construction workers
          • Any worker in the community!

          Use this list and the community helper writing prompts in the slide deck to come up with the neighborhood helpers kids strive to be when they grow up!

          Community Helpers Slide Deck

          If you’ve been following The OT Toolbox, then you may have seen a few of our other interactive slide decks. Therapists are LOVING these therapy slide decks for their themed activities that help kids build skills, while in virtual or hybrid environments.

          Community helpers activity for occupational therapy.

          You can grab the other free slide decks here on our teletherapy and free resources page.

          Today’s slide deck includes several community helpers activities:

          This community helper activity fosters mindfulness and deep breathing for a coping strategy.

          Community Helpers Warm-Up Activity- Use the firefighter’s firehoses to work on deep breathing as a mindfulness and coping tool to warm-up for this activity. Kids can move the interactive portion of the slide along the firehose to work on eye-hand coordination and visual tracking, too.

          Community helpers writing prompts for working on handwriting.

          Community Helpers Writing Prompts– Use the community workers writing prompts for creative writing and handwriting practice. Kids can use the self-check writing list to check their written work for accuracy with letter formation, line use, spacing, and size.

          Community helper theme slide deck with a fine motor activity using sign language.

          Community Helpers Sign Language– This fine motor workout is pretty fun! Click through the links to learn sign language for some community workers. This activity works on fine motor skills, bilateral coordination, finger isolation, motor planning, and eye-hand coordination.

          A fun visual perception activity with a community helper theme.

          Community Helpers Visual Perception Activity– Count the different helpers on the community workers puzzle page and type the number in the text box. This activity works on visual perceptual skills such as form constancy, visual discrimination, and figure ground, visual scanning.

          Gross motor activity for the community helper theme slide deck.

          Community Helpers Gross Motor Activity– Use the deep breathing and movement prompts to integrate mindfulness with gross motor as kids gain a big breath in with extended lung and rib cage/shoulder girdle expansion. Then, reach far down to push out that deep breath. This slide uses a community worker theme with common trucks found in the community.

          Self regulation activity for the community helper theme slide decks.

          Community Helper Activity for Self-Regulation– The final slide in this activity deck is a self-regulation check-in that can be used to close the session. Check in on how your child’s body feels and acts, as well as their emotions. This is a good time to work on some coping tools or strategies that can carry out of the session, too.

          Does this looks like a fun way to spend a therapy session while working on skills?

          You can grab a copy of this Google slide deck and use it to work on specific skills.

          Enter your email address below and you will receive a PDF containing a link to copy the slide deck onto your Google drive. Save that PDF file, because you can come back to it again and again and send it to the kids on your caseload (or classroom) so they can make their own copy on their Google drive.

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            Mask Social Story Slide Deck

            wear a mask social story for sensory issues

            Here, you can get a mask social story for kids with sensory needs. Trying to help kids with the task of wearing a mask? In our area, schools are moving from full virtual to hybrid learning, so that means kids that have been out of the classroom since March are now going to be back in the physical school location. And, getting kids to wear masks…and keep those masks on…can be a real concern, especially for kids with sensory needs! Today, I’ve got a free teletherapy slide deck to help kids learn the importance of wearing a mask and it covers the sensory concerns that might come up with mask wearing. This slide deck is a social story for mask wearing with sensory issues, so it adds a story component while allowing kids to understand why they need to wear a mask when it feels itchy or scratchy. This slide deck is free to download, so grab it below.

            Get this free mask social story to help kids with sensory needs tolerate and accommodate for mask wearing.

            Wearing a mask with sensory needs

            For kids with sensory needs, wearing a mask can be a big problem. But some schools, businesses, and situations require a mask for entry. So how does the child with sensory needs deal with this situation? For some, the softest of face masks can feel scratchy or itchy. It can make others feel like they are contained. Still others are frustrated wtih the feel of mask straps behind their ears.

            Kids with sensory needs and masks don’t mix!

            That’s why I wanted to put this social story together and get it into your hands. Because some kids are truly struggling with wearing a mask and don’t understand why they need to have this itchy, scratchy fabric attached to their face!

            Help kids wear a mask when they have sensory preferences due to sensory processing disorder.

            Wearing a Mask Social Story

            Some kids respond really well to social stories, so this slide deck should be a good way to teach this concept. I’ve made the slide deck interactive, so kids can read through the slide, and move the checkmark to the “finished” square once they understand the concept on each slide.

            Kids with sensory needs can struggle with wearing a mask. This mask social story can help if the mask feels too tight.

            The slides cover various aspects of masks for kids with sensory needs, including how masks feel on the skin, or how they may make a person feel hot.

            I’ve also included slides in this social story that tell the reader they can ask for help if they need it when wearing a mask.

            Some children may chew on their face mask to meet oral sensory needs as calming input when they attempt to self-regulate. However, another sensory tool could be used in place of the mask. This sensory social story helps kids to understand that by reading the words of the story and by matching those words to the image.

            Kids with sensory needs can feel a mask as too tight or scratchy. This mask social story can help.

            Kids with sensory needs or those with sensory processing disorder may feel the temperature difference between having a mask on or off. This mask sensory story covers those issues.

            You’ll find slides for kids that feel that mask move in and out with their breath, as well. All of these sensory sensitivities can be very apparent with the use of a face mask!

            use this free mask social story in teletherapy or to help kids with sensory needs adjust to wearing a mask by offering other alternatives that meet their sensory needs.

            Free slide deck for wearing a mask with sensory needs

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            Be sure to log into your Google drive first. You will get a pdf that you can save and use over and over again. Click the document to make a copy of the slide onto your drive.

            Use the slide deck in “edit” mode to allow students to move the check marks on each slide as the individual slide is read. You can also use this slide deck in “present” mode, but the movable piece won’t work.

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              Back to School Activities

              back to school activities

              This year, back to school looks a little different than ever before. I’ve been busy behind the scenes here at The OT Toolbox building tools that you can use during the first weeks of school that will make your life easier. Here, you will find first day of school activities, first day of school printables, and back to school baseline screening activities, back to school crafts, and ideas to use in therapy or the classroom this week (and coming weeks).

              Back to school activities for kids of all ages, including first day of school activities, first day of school printables, back to school crafts, icebreaker activities, and more.

              Back to School Activities

              These activities should keep your students (virtual or in-person) busy the first few weeks of school. Some of these activities are great for online icebreaker activities and others are wonderful ways to build rapport while assessing baseline status in areas like pencil grasp, handwriting, math, scissor skills, or other learning/school tasks.

              Back to School Slide Deck- This interactive back to school slide deck works with Google slides. Enter your email address and log into your Google account. You will receive an email with a prompt to download a file for your personal use. Click the button on that pdf and the interactive slide can be copied right into your Google drive. Then, make a copy for each student and they can work through the slides in edit mode. These slides are designed to address visual perceptual skills. Kids will enjoy the back to school supply activities and won’t even know they are building skills that will help them thrive in learning.

              Back to school activities for kindergarten- (and first grade, second grade, etc.) These back to school fine motor activities are fun ways to quickly screen for fine motor skills needed at school while building rapport with the students. First day of school activities for kindergarten can involved fine motor activities that are fun and get children excited about their time in therapy sessions.

              Visual Schedules- There is something about having a visual schedule that makes things easier when it comes to transitions. We made these back to school story stones a while back and used them to adjust to the new routine that back to school time brings. Visual schedules can be effective in virtual sessions or hybrid learning. Why not use a visual schedule as a tool to move students between group online activities?

              Online Icebreaker Activity

              Back to School Writing and I Spy Slide Deck- Another interactive slide deck for back to school writing, this slide deck covers a variety of areas. Use the school supplies I Spy slide as a fun activity to get started with the school year. The icebreaker slide can be used to get to know students as they fill out an All About Me activity. The slides include handwriting tasks so students can write words and sentences while teachers or therapists assess baseline levels for each student.

              Separation Anxiety Activity- After being out of the classroom for a much longer period of time this year, kids might have some worries or separation anxiety that leaves them anxious. Try this separation anxiety activity that uses a popular children’s book. Reading a book and doing a book-related activity a great icebreaker activity for kids.

              Icebreaker Questions- Go through some icebreaker questions for kids. This is fun in person or in virtual settings. Use these questions as a writing prompt to work on handwriting, too.

              Icebreaker questions for kids for the first day of school or therapy.

              Effective online learning

              Heading back to the classroom means switching gears back to online learning. Having a productive and effective online learning experience can be hard for some kids, and the same is true for virual therapy sessions. Here are tips for parents to make the most of teletherapy and online learning sessions.

              Having a toolbox of coping strategies for kids can make a big difference, too. Be sure to offer brain breaks, movement activities, and have a set of rules in place to make the most of online learning and virtual therapy sessions.

              These back to school sensory activities can be effective movement strategies for kids to stay alert to online learning and pay attention during virtual classroom sessions.

              Staying organized- Using organization strategies is more important than ever this school year. Here are organization strategies for the school-based OT, and here are organization strategies for students.

              This free editable therapy planner will keep you organized with themes and planning activities this school year.

              This therapy planning interactive bulletin board might be just the thing you need to prepare virtual therapy sessions, home programs, and keeping track of therapy plans.

              Back to School Crafts

              School Bus Craft- This school bus craft is a simple one to set up and can be done as a group online activity or in person. Record the activity for a recorded session, too. With the simple shapes, the bus craft is great for working on scissor skills, visual motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and problem solving.

              The Kissing Hand Craft- You’ve read the book The Kissing Hand, right? The book is a helpful tool to help kids with the transition to school. We made a The Kissing Hand craft that involved salt dough key chains (fine motor fun!) and be sure to check out the four other Kissing Hand crafts in the blog post, too.

              Pencil Fidget Tool Craft- This pencil topper fidget is a fun craft for kids but it can double as a fidget tool, too. Making this DIY fidget tool builds fine motor skills with sensory-related benefits.

              Handwriting Spacing Tools Craft- These spacing tools can be a fun way to get kids invested in spacing between letters and words. Make this spacing tool craft that kids can add to their pencil box and pull out for handwriting tasks. The best news is that making the craft builds fine motor skills too! Try this button spacing tool, this easy craft stick spacing tool, this pipe cleaner spacing tool, this clothes pin spacing tool, and this space martian spacing tool craft.

              First Day of School Printables

              The first day of school is exciting! Having a set of printables ready for kids of different ages makes the teacher or therapist feel a little more organized and ready for back-to-school, too. Try these first day of school printables:

              Back to school printable toolkit- This set of back to school printable activities is fun for the first day of school or the first weeks of school! There are book themed hole punch cards, school supplies I Spy printable page, school materials handwriting paper, an exclusive school supplies “spot it” matching game, and a printable PDF version of the school materials match-up game. Grab the toolkit here OR, get the free back to school writing slide deck listed for a special discount price 🙂

              Emotions and Feelings Printable- Talking about feelings on the first day of school (or first weeks of school) is important, especially this year. Grab this social emotional learning worksheet to cover facial expressions and emotions with kids.

              More first day of school activities

              What are your favorite ways to get kids excited about the first weeks of school or therapy?

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              Back to school toolkit– school materials and activities for kids.

              Back to school activities for occupational therapy or the classroom