PreWriting Lines Activity Rainbow Slide Deck

prewriting lines activity rainbow slide deck

This rainbow therapy slide deck activity is a prewriting lines activity that can help kids with the visual motor skills needed for writing letters, numbers, and in all aspect of handwriting. Prewriting skills are those very important developmental skills needed before kids can actually write letters or numbers. Pre-writing lines activities are an often-times skipped step of handwriting. That’s why I wanted to create a rainbow drawing art activity that can be used in teletherapy (or face-to-face sessions) that works on this important skill.

You’ll also love these free rainbow therapy slide decks: Rainbow drawing art activity and the rainbow emotions slide decks. Add both to your occupational therapy interventions.

Prewriting lines therapy slide deck for teletherapy and air writing prewriting forms.

Prewriting lines

As we discussed in this blog post on a past pre-writing lines activity, working on pre-writing lines prior to practicing letter formation is an important step for preschool-aged kids, and actually helps to develop a strong basis for proper letter formation.  

Establishing pre-writing lines allow kids to strengthen visual motor skills, hand muscles, promote pencil strokes needed for letters, and improve pencil control. 

We’ve also previously talked about the progression of pre-writing lines. Prewriting lines development is as follows:

What Are Pre-Writing Skills?

In short, pre-writing skills are the lines and strokes kids need to master and know BEFORE learning how to print the alphabet. Each of these lines is developed in a sequence, based on how old the child is. We’ve covered developmental progression of pre-writing lines previously.

This developmental sequence of prewriting lines is as follows:

  • Age 1-2: Spontaneous scribbles
  • Age 2-3: Imitates a vertical line, horizontal line, circle
  • Age 3-4: Imitates a cross shape, and diagonal lines, a crude square
  • Age 4-5: Imitates an X, triangle, square

This is a very basic description of ages and developmental progression of line development and pre-writing skills.

As always with child development, each child will progress through this developmental sequence somewhat differently and at different speeds. Some children may draw a square with refined pencil strokes and sharp corners or controlled curves before another child. Other children may form perfectly slanted diagonal lines while others at the same age may make bumpy or curved diagonals.

Still another concern that should be addressed: Older kids may have been introduced to handwriting before they have mastered prewriting lines and then you see the breakdown in letter formation, reversals, inaccuracies with curves, diagonals, line placement, etc. In this case, it is ok to go back and work on these forms in multi-sensory learning strategies. Use sensory bins, rainbow writing, drawing on sandpaper, finger-paint, drawing in shaving cream, etc. to work on accurate copying and forming of these line forms.

This developmental progression of pre-writing lines should be taken as a general outline.

In short, we want to see each of these line formations develop before a child is asked to copy or trace letters.

There are many hands-on activities that help to work on these skills.

Pre-writing virtual activity

So how do you work on pre-writing skills in a virtual occupational therapy environment? There are many ways!

Copying pre-writing forms can be achieved in teletherapy through creative thinking, use of the camera, and items the child has in the home. To get started on thinking outside the box, check out our free teletherapy with kids mini-course, where you will find loads of information on all things teletherapy, including for those who are at the pre-writing stage in their in their writing and visual motor skills.

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Rainbow prewriting lines activity

You can use the slide deck presented here to work on prewriting lines with children, as another virtual therapy activity.

In the free Google slide deck, kids can complete several activities to work on copying pre-writing lines, and they all have a rainbow theme.

prewriting lines rainbow activity for kids

Kids can first copy the prewriting lines with air writing as they point to the lines. Then, they can use whole body movements to air write the forms. This incorporates motor planning, crossing midline, and visual tracking.

In the rainbow therapy slide deck, you’ll find all of the pre-writing lines, including slides for strait vertical lines, horizontal lines, diagonal lines, a cross, curves, wiggly lines, arches, a square, a triangle, and more.

teach prewriting lines to kids with a rainbow theme

Finally, children can draw the prewriting forms onto paper.

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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.

    Color Exercises

    Color exercises for teletherapy

    Looking to get kids moving and building skills in therapy sessions or at home? These color exercises use all the colors of the rainbow to help kids move and strengthen gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and even visual motor skills! Add these whole body exercises use colors as a therapy theme, but I love that the colorful exercise activities get kids strengthening muscle groups in big and small ways.

    This therapy activity slide deck is one of the many free slides available here on the site, as a resource for teletherapy, home programs, and therapy planning!

    Be sure to grab the free I Spy Colors therapy slide deck, too. For a hands-on activity, be sure to use our color by letter worksheet.

    Color exercises for teletherapy

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    Color exercises

    This is a color learning activity, that can be used in teletherapy sessions to develop many skill areas:

    Color exercises for kids

    Gross Motor Color Exercises

    All of these gross motor skill areas can be addressed using the color activities in this slide deck:

    • Gross motor skills
    • Core strength
    • Bilateral coordination
    • Crossing midline
    • Core strength
    • Stability
    • Balance and equilibrium skills
    • Coordination
    • Range of motion
    • Flexibility
    • Motor planning
    • Crossing midline
    • Movement patterns
    • Posture and postural control
    • Muscle tone
    • Proprioceptive input
    • Vestibular input

    As kids go through the slides, they need to complete various stretches, challenging the skills listed above. There are movement patterns, crossing midline activities, yoga positions, and more. Kids can go through these slides several times if you like, to work on motor planning, sequencing, and memory skills.

    Color and letter exercises

    Then, the slides ask the child to air write letters. This is an eye-hand coordination activity that incorporates shoulder positioning and strengthening, finger isolation, and crossing midline, motor planning, range of motion.

    These slides also work on visual perceptual skills including visual closure as kids identify the hidden letter.

    Grade and extend this activity:

    • Challenge kids by calling out a color and they can complete that gross motor activity.
    • Having the child air write the letter associated with the color and writing the letter larger or smaller, using whole arm motions, or just the finger.
    • Challenge kids by calling out a color and asking them to air write the letter.
    • Or ask kids to complete the air writing task while in the gross motor stretch activity.
    Color hand strength exercises

    Fine Motor Color Exercises

    This slide deck challenges fine motor skills as well. Kids can use their finger and work on finger isolation as they write the letters on each of the color slides.

    There is another movement section of the slide deck that incorporates colored letters with a fine motor activity. All students will need is a piece of paper (scratch paper works, so tell them to grab an old homework page or even a piece of junk mail) and their hands.

    Following the directions on the fine motor activity slides, they will tear the paper into small pieces using their hands to tear and crumble. Tearing paper with the hands and using the finger tips to crumble small bits of paper strengthens the intrinsic muscles of the hands. Here is more information on tearing paper as a fine motor activity.

    This activity works on fine motor skills:

    • Arch development
    • Intrinsic hand strength
    • Open thumb web space
    • Hand strength
    • Dexterity
    • Precision
    • Graded tearing- eye hand coordination
    • Separation of the sides of the hand

    Then, you can extend this activity to use it in different ways or to challenge kids of all levels and ages:

    • Use different colored paper to match with different letter activities and gross motor exercises in the first part of the slide deck.
    • Use different grades of paper to make the exercise more difficult. Heavy weight paper like construction paper, cardstock, or paper plates is more of a challenge and lighter weight paper like thing paper, wrapping paper, wax paper, or tissue paper is easier.
    • Encourage children to use only the very tips of one hand.
    • Ask kids to write a letter on the small piece of paper and then crumble it up so the letter is hidden.
    Letter exercises using colors

    Visual Motor Exercise with Colors

    Finally, the last part of this slide deck is a visual motor exercise. Children can use those small pieces of paper to copy the lines and letters on the slides.

    This activity includes strait lines for younger children to incorporate pre-writing lines. There are also letters included for kids working on forming letters.

    Extend this activity

    • Matching letters to the exercises at the beginning of the deck.
    • Kids could also form letters using the paper balls by memory rather than copying the letter forms.
    Color exercise for self regulation

    The slide deck ends with a color self regulation exercise. Kids can choose the color that matches their feelings, alert state, and regulation needs, all with a rainbow color theme!

    Virtual Color Exercise Activities

    Want this free therapy slide deck? Enter your email into the form below. Grab the free Google slide deck by entering your email into the form below. You will receive a PDF containing a link to open the slide deck. Be sure you are logged into your Google account before clicking the button on that PDF. Save the PDF in your therapy files so you can access this resource any time and share with those on your caseload.

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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.

      I Spy Colors Activity

      I spy colors virtual I spy game

      If you’ve ever played “I Spy with my Little Eye”, then you are going to love this I Spy colors therapy slide deck. It’s a movement activity that gets kids up and moving and challenges several developmental skill areas: visual processing, tactile sensory exploration, handwriting, and strength, endurance, and movement challenges. Kids can go through the free therapy slide deck in an occupational therapy teletherapy session and work on learning colors as well. Add I Spy colors as a color scavenger hunt that kids will love!

      Use this along with our color exercises slide deck for more color theme activities in therapy.

      This I Spy virtual game is just one of the free slide decks we have available here on the site. You’ll also love our printable color by letter worksheet. Check them all out!

      I Spy colors therapy activity for teletherapy. This is a color scavenger hunt for kids.

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      I Spy Colors

      The kids you are working with may have played I Spy before. In a traditional look-and-find game, they need to search a book, puzzle page, or other activity page for hidden items. You may have even played I Spy with my little eye while waiting at a doctor’s office, or in a restaurant. It’s a good activity for kids that keeps them busy. But did you know there are even more therapeutic benefits to this game?

      I wanted to create a teletherapy activity that required no materials other than paper and pencil. This I Spy Colors therapy slide deck does the trick.

      Therapists can use this free interactive slide deck in therapy treatment sessions virtually as a color scavenger hunt activity.

      The activity asks users to search their house for an object of a particular color. By looking around the home for the color detail of objects, children are strengthening several visual perceptual skill areas:

      • Visual scanning– moving the eyes for a specific aspect of details: colors of objects. Visual scanning is a skill needed for reading as kids scan their eyes over the lines of a page.
      • Visual discrimination– visually determining differences in colors of objects. The slides ask kids to locate items that are in a range of colors. This color activity is slightly more advanced than just finding a blue item. Can they find teal? Visual discrimination is a skill needed for distinguishing differences in letters and words when reading.
      • Figure-ground– Pulling out details of objects from a busy background. When users scan their home for a specific color, they are visually identifying objects that may be hidden in a busy background. This visual skill is used in functional tasks every day.
      • Visual memory– Holding a “picture” of details such as the shade of color in the mind. As kids look throughout their room or home, visual memory is needed to recall the color and shade they are looking for. This visual skill is needed in reading and math.
      • Visual closure– identifying an object when only parts of it are seen. This visual perceptual skill is used when children locate an object in the room that may be partially hidden. Visual closure is used in reading when readers are able to identify a word by only some of the letters.
      • Visual convergence– A visual processing skill, this motor task allows vision to shift in scanning. By scanning to near and far points, kids are strengthening this skill. Visual convergence is used in the classroom when scanning from a teacher or the board to the desk, or from near to far and far to near.

      Users can then identify features of the object by responding to questions about texture. The slide deck asks about aspects of the found item by asking the child to explore the tactile aspect. Is the item fuzzy? Soft? Rough? How does it feel?

      This part of the color activity brings in features of the tactile sensory system.

      Color I spy for a virtual I Spy game, using materials in kids houses, making it great for distance learning or online therapy games.

      Virtual I Spy

      This virtual I Spy activity takes the fun of the classic look and find game online, making it great for teletherapy activities with kids of all ages. This particular color game goes beyond just “I Spy” however…

      Use the virtual activity for working on other areas in therapy, too:

      • Movement challenges- Kids get up and move to find the objects
      • Visual perceptual skills- covered above
      • Tactile sensory exploration and challenges- Can they find a green object that is fuzzy? This activity can be expanded in many ways!
      • Handwriting- work on skills such as line awareness, letter formation, sizing, legibility. Kids can then self-assess their work, making carryover of writing skills stick.

      Users can move the interactive piece of the slide deck to mark off tactile sensory aspects of the colorful item they found.

      Finally, there is a color writing activity where users can write a sentence about the object, using the describing words that they selected. This part of the slide deck may be a higher level for some users, but the writing piece invites users to incorporate aspects of language and creative writing into the I Spy Colors activity.

      Use this I Spy color activity to teach colors and work on various child development skills, including handwriting.

      I Spy Colors for all ages

      The slide deck is designed so it meets various levels and can be graded to different ages:

      • Younger kids can just look for the objects in a color scavenger hunt.
      • Teach colors, making it a preschool color activity that is perfect for virtual learning.
      • Some children can skip the tactile sensory aspect and just seek out items in the I Spy portion of the activity.
      • Grade the activity up by discussing tactile features.
      • Further grade the activity up by incorporating handwriting. Younger students can just write the word.
      • Older students can write the word in a sentence, working on adding describing words.
      • Kids that complete the handwriting portion of the slide deck activity can self-assess their handwriting, using the interactive check marks as they look over their written work.

      There’s somethign for everyone with this I Spy Colors therapy activity!

      Want to play I Spy Colors?

      Grab the free Google slide deck by entering your email into the form below. You will receive a PDF containing a link to open the slide deck. Be sure you are logged into your Google account before clicking the button on that PDF. Save the PDF in your therapy files so you can access this resource any time and share with those on your caseload.

      FREE Color I Spy Activity!

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        More color activities

        Add this slide deck to these hands-on color activities:

        Benefits of coloring– Use a couple of crayons to work on many areas of child development.

        Visual Motor Color Match Activity– This activity translates wonderfully to virtual therapy sessions. It can be used in face-to-face interventions as well, or as a home activity.

        Colored Pencils Handwriting Activities– All you need is a set of colored pencils for working on many skill areas.

        Color Mixing Rainbow Write– Work on letter formation and size with this rainbow write activity that challenges kids to mix colors and see what the result is.

        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.

        FREE Teletherapy with Kids Course

        teletherapy for kids free email series

        I have something exciting to share with you. So many therapists were thrown into the world of teletherapy. When it comes to teletherapy with kids, however, there is a lot going on. Kids show up without materials to their virtual OT sessions. Or they might not show up for their scheduled session at all. There are schedule issues with hybrid/virtual sessions. Other therapists run into the difficulty of coming up with teletherapy ideas for kids that address skills like handwriting, visual processing skills, and functional tasks. I’m here to help.

        Teletherapy with kids free email course that offers resources and tools for occupational therapists offering online therapy services.

        Want to get streamlined information on teletherapy with kids?

        I have put everything on the website covering all things virtual therapy and put it into one free email course.

        In the 5 day email series, I cover areas that you’ve told me you have questions about. Some of those questions include:

        • How to work on goal areas without therapy equipment and materials?
        • What does teletherapy look like for early intervention or younger children?
        • What does virtual therapy look like for high-needs children?
        • What activities can be accomplished in virtual therapy?
        • How to use household materials in teletherapy sessions?
        • How to come up with new and fresh activity ideas week after week?
        • How to help kids MOVE in the way they need for development and strength, coordination, attention, and sensory needs?
        • Any and all teletherapy resources!

        It’s all covered in the free teletherapy with kids mini-course!

        Teletherapy for Kids Free Resources

        Each day of the 5 day email series, you’ll receive information on each of the topics described above. You’ll find tons of tips and tools for each area.

        AND…

        Each day in the free email series contains a free resource that you can add to your teletherapy toolbox. The free printables include:

        • A free printable teletherapy planner to make planning your sessions a breeze
        • A handy list of links to teletherapy activities using materials found in homes
        • A list of online games and websites you can use as reward activities to build skills
        • A parent handout describing household materials that can be used in teletherapy sessions
        • Tons of themed therapy slide decks!

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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.

          Friendship Skills- Personal Space

          friendship skills for personal space and body awareness with a free therapy slide deck for teletherapy

          Part of building friendship skills is teaching kids to have an awareness of personal space with those around them. Body awareness is a big part of this, especially when social distancing is something to consider. Friendship skills involve a variety of pieces of the bigger social emotional skills picture and a component of that is personal space. Read more about the part that personal space plays in friendship skills, including personal space/body awareness activities. You’ll also find a free therapy slide deck to help children with the friendship skill of personal space and body awareness. If strategies to address friendship skills is needed for your clients, also try this writing about friendship slide deck.

          Friendship skills for personal space and body awareness using gross motor activities in a free therapy slide deck.

          Children who struggle with social and emotional development, and those with specific sensory preferences may show personal space issues that could be related to body awareness needs. For these needs, occupational therapists can offer several suggestions and interventions.

          Occupational therapists have the ability to play a role in social skills training in children. Included in this support is activities designed to improve social and emotional skills.

          One study indicated that children who participated in a friendship skills group in occupational therapy. The researchers found that children receiving the social skills training group showed improved friendship skills and quality of friendship as reported by the children’s parents.

          Personal Space and Body Awareness

          Some strategies to address personal space and body awareness can include:

          • Develop strategies specific to the child to address the individual’s preferences
          • Offer strategies for self-regulation
          • Offer strategies for controlling inhibitions
          • Focusing on spatial relations
          • Teach self-regulation techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation, self-awareness, and mindfulness, to decrease anxiety while improving body awareness
          • Incorporate play into spatial concepts such as over, under, around, and through
          • Body drawing activities
          • Body part naming activities
          • Obstacle courses
          • Proprioceptive activities
          • Coach the child to state their preferences for personal space in a given situation
          • Map activities for teaching spatial concepts
          • Set up a small social skills group for a low-stress social gathering
          • Offer instruction in sensory tactics that can help to calm or regulate sensory needs such as deep breathing exercises, heavy work input, or deep pressure
          • Sensory integration occupational therapy interventions
          • Practice social skills interactions that may come up in a given situation
          • Work on working memory so the individual can pull from past successful situations
          • Work on foresight so the individual can think ahead of tools they might need in a given situation
          • Incorporate dance and music
          • Body awareness games and activities such as Simon Says, Twister, and the Hokey Pokey. Use these printable Simon Says commands.
          • Body awareness positioning activities

          Because of the need many children have with developing an awareness of personal space, and the part that plays into friendship skills, I wanted to create a free Google slide deck to work on these skills.

          You’ll see that the therapy slide deck pairs friendship with body awareness activities so that kids can practice various gross motor body positioning challenges.

          These free slides offer movement activities to incorporate proprioceptive and vestibular input, as well as motor planning challenges. All of these activities challenge movement changes and body awareness.

          Friendship skills gross motor activity for body awareness and personal space awareness.

          Users can go through the slides and visually track from left to right as they complete each gross motor activity. There is an interactive portion of the slide deck when used in “edit mode” in Google slides. Kids can slide the round dot along the arrow to complete each gross motor activity in sequence.

          This motor planning activity challenges body awareness needed for personal space awareness as a friendship skill. Kids can challenge themselves in movement, motor planning, bilateral coordination, core strength, and movement changes for addressing personal space considerations as they learn how their body moves through space.

          Free Body Awareness Slide Deck

          Want to get a free Google slide deck to help kids with personal space and body awareness? This friendship theme activity deck is a fun way to get kids moving and gaining an awareness of their body and how it moves through space.

          Enter your email into the form below. You will be emailed a PDF so you can access this slide deck at any time.

          Before clicking the button on your PDF, be sure you are logged into your Google account. Make a copy and share the slide deck with anyone on your therapy caseload.

          FREE Friendship Skills Body Awareness Activities Slide Deck

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            MORE SOCIAL Skills RESOURCES

            Want to help kids explore social and emotional learning through play? Exploring Books Through Play inspires social and emotional development though play based on children’s books. The specifically chosen books explore concepts such as differences, acceptance, empathy, and friendship.

            Exploring Books Through Play: 50 Activities Based on Books About Friendship, Acceptance and Empathy is filled with hands-on activities rooted in interactive, hands-on, sensory play that focus on creating a well-rounded early childhood education supporting growth in literacy, mathematics, science, emotional and social development, artistic expression, sensory exploration, gross motor development and fine motor skills. Kids can explore books while building specific skills in therapy sessions, as part of home programs, or in the home.

            Click here to explore acceptance, empathy, and friendship through play.

            social emotional activities for kids

            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.

            Writing About Friendship Slide Deck

            Writing about friendship google slide deck for teletherapy

            Today, I have another free Google slide deck to share with you. This one is perfect for writing about friendship. In this teletherapy occupational therapy activity, kids can explore social emotional learning while working on handwriting skills. Kids can use this slide deck to write about the qualities of a friend, and use the friendship words and friendship writing prompts for developing social skills that is important for making friends. Also try this friendship skills for personal space and body awareness slide deck.

            Write about friendship with this free Google slide deck that helps kids with social emotional skills, resiliency, and handwriting skills.

            Writing about Friendship

            I have had this friendship activity on my mind for a while now. After noting the lack of social interaction that we’ve been seeing in kids more this past year, I’ve had this friendship writing activity planned as a tool to support kids’ social emotional needs.

            We know the power that socialization has on child development, mood, and

            When it comes to hybrid learning, virtual classrooms, and online activities and social events, kids are losing out on the social aspect of sports and activities that they have had in the past. This lack of face-to-face interaction impacts a child’s ability to make friends.

            And, children that struggle with social-emotional development are impacted by the added complexity of seeing face masks on faces. They can’t get social cues like smiles or other facial expressions that are a sign of a friend.

            To help children better understand facial expressions and emotional learning skills, grab this facial expressions worksheet.

            Additionally, children that are in virtual learning situations and those in hybrid classes are seeing all or half of their peers virtually. This isolation can potentially impact a child’s social participation, and may be especially impactful for children with social, emotional, or communication challenges.

            Participation in virtual classrooms and activities limits social participation in a way that limits the opportunities to make friends and nurture friendship relationships.

            Children who struggle with social skills or social participation in a typical school setting can have a difficult time with making friends.

            Even more to consider is the impact that this past year has had on a child’s perspective of interacting with others socially. One study took a look at children’s perspectives as a result of this year’s events.

            The study also noted that children expressed concern, anxiety, and worry about leaving their home after being on a lockdown mode. Because, here’s the thing: staying at home is safe, right? It’s where kids are protected. Staying home and interacting with others virtually has a sense of security.

            But, when kids are asked to leave the home, we are starting to see an emergence fear of going outside. There can be a fear of interacting with others.

            And that’s where an issue with making friends could come into play that REALLY impacts our kids down the line.

            It’s really interesting when you think about it.

            Because of the need for virtual interaction, kids are bored, angry, overwhelmed, tired, and lonely because they have to stay at home without being able to go out. Because there are so many unknowns related to the current situation, it’s hard to identify specific strategies to help kids struggling.

            But, there are options to assist with social and emotional supports. There are tools for mental health supports.

            attention must also be paid to the emotions of fear, worry, guilt, loneliness, boredom, and anger, with an emphasis on strengthening resilience and offering psychological support to parents and children, a point that has already been emphasized by a number of scholars during this crisis (Coyne et al., 2020)

            One thing that has been determined that we need to do for sure is to foster children’s resilience.

            Resilience refers to specific personal attributes that help children manage disappointments and even traumas to a point. In part, resilience involves emotional regulation and social emotional development.

            One specific way to foster resilience and social emotional development is through the discussion of friendships, specifically relationships that may be missing as a result of needing to work and learn online and in virutal settings.

            That’s where this writing about friendship activity comes into play. Use the interactive slide deck and Jamboard activity to drive discussion on friendships and offer a source of discussion points for building friendships during this strange time.

            Friendship Writing activity for handwriting and developing resilience in kids as part of social emotional learning.

            Free Writing About Friendship Slide Deck

            In the friendship writing activity slide deck, you’ll see that there are several aspects of friendship that kids can write about and dive into. These handwriting tasks each dive into aspects of social development, making friends, and understanding friendship. The writing activity can even be used as a tool for social supports during a time when kids are not interacting with freinds on a face-to-face basis.

            Maybe the slide deck is a starting point for coming up with ways to interact with friends virtually. Or, kids can explore how they can maintain friendships even when they do not see their friends for a while. This is all part of resilience that we can help to foster in kids.

            Help kids to identify  and write about qualities of a true friend paragraph writing that can develop social emotional skills.

            Sort the qualities of a good friend

            The first part of this slide deck is two slides that allow kids to sort aspects of good friends from qualities of “could be better” friends. The slide deck is interactive when it’s used on edit mode of Google drive, so kids can actually slide the images into the correct category.

            Use this friendship writing slide deck to work on handwriting and writing about friends.

            Identify ways you are a good friend

            Users can then identify ways that they are good friends to others. This is a place where users can type in their responses, making the ways to be a friend very open-ended.

            This is a nice space to identify novel ways of maintiaing friendship during a time where virtual interactions are necessary. How can kids interact and maintain friendships with others when there is not face-to-face school or activities?

            Children can use this space to identify aspects of friendship that can be maintained virtually or from a distance.

            Kids can work on typing skills here. Or, take the writing piece off the computer and ask that children work on handwriting on paper. Focus on letter formation, letter size, margin use, etc.

            A friendship mind map to explore social emotional skills.

            Friendship mind map

            The next slides ask kids to copy onto paper, a mind map. We covered drawing mind maps here as a specific strategy for this skill. This is a great visual motor activity as they see the image and break it apart into pieces so that they can copy the shapes. Work on visual motor integration and ensure the child doesn’t miss any pieces, overlap lines, and copies all aspects of the mind map. This is a great way to work on the skills needed for reading and writing.

            Then, on their own friendship mind map, kids can write qualities of a friend. This visual exploration turns friendship into a picture as kids brain dump various aspects of social friendships.

            Friendship words for working on handwriting skills, in a free Google slide deck for therapy.

            Friendship words handwriting activity

            The next slides on the deck are spaces where kids can copy various friendship words. This part of the friendship writing activity can meet various needs.

            Children can work on copying words with accuracy, and correct letter formation, without omitting or adding letters. This is an exercise in visual perceptual skills.

            Kids can work on letter formation as they write the letters on their paper. I’ve included directional arrows for proper letter formation.

            Cursive writing activity with a friendship theme, in a Google slide deck for occupational therapy.

            There are slides with cursive writing, too, for older children working on their cursive handwriting.

            And, finally, there is a visual cue of lined writing space with highlighted portions for smaller letters. In these spaces, kids can type right onto the slide to copy the friendship terms.

            AND, maybe my favorite part, is that when you access this free deck, you’ll also get access to the JAMBOARD version, so kids can “write” right on the screen using a fingertip, stylus, or mouse. Then, they can write the words on the lines with they highlighted spaces. Therapists, teachers, or parents could also use the lined spaces to correct or star good use of the lines.

            Friendship writing prompts for social emotional development and handwriting.

            Friendship writing prompts

            The next aspect of the slide deck is a writing prompt. Kids can use the writing prompts to write sentences or a paragraph onto paper to further extend the activity.

            Free Friendship Activity Slide Deck

            Want access to this free Google slide deck?

            You can get access to this free slide deck and JAMBOARD by entering your email into the form below. This is necessary to deliver the PDF containing a link to the slide deck to your Google Drive. Save the PDF because you can add it to your toolbox for future use.

            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.

            Be sure to make a copy of this slide deck and not change the url to indicate “edit” at the end. When you make a copy of the slide deck onto your Google drive, you will end up with your own version that you are free to adjust in order to meet your student’s needs. By changing the url to “edit”, you can potentially mess up the original version that many other therapists and The OT Toolbox users are given.

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              More Social Emotional Learning Resources

              Want to help kids explore social and emotional learning through play? Exploring Books Through Play inspires social and emotional development though play based on children’s books. The specifically chosen books explore concepts such as differences, acceptance, empathy, and friendship.

              Exploring Books Through Play: 50 Activities Based on Books About Friendship, Acceptance and Empathy is filled with hands-on activities rooted in interactive, hands-on, sensory play that focus on creating a well-rounded early childhood education supporting growth in literacy, mathematics, science, emotional and social development, artistic expression, sensory exploration, gross motor development and fine motor skills. Kids can explore books while building specific skills in therapy sessions, as part of home programs, or in the home.

              Click here to explore acceptance, empathy, and friendship through play.

              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.

              Coyne, L. W., Gould, E. R., Grimaldi, M., Wilson, K. G., Baffuto, G., and Biglan, A. (2020). First things first: parent psychological flexibility and self-compassion during COVID-19. Behav. Anal. Pract. 6, 1–7. doi: 10.1007/s40617-020-00435-w

              Valentine’s Day Handwriting Activity Slide Deck

              Valentine's Day handwriting activity and free slide deck for occupational therapy

              Adding fun handwriting activities doesn’t need to be boring! This Valentine’s Day handwriting slide deck proves that. Here, you’ll find an interactive free Google slide deck that challenges visual perceptual skills in the form of a match-up type of game and a Valentine’s Day themed handwriting task. Use these occupational therapy slides in teletherapy activity planning or in hybrid/face-to-face lesson planning. Let’s get ready to help kids develop the skills needed for handwriting with hearts and love!

              You’ll also love this Valentine’s Day gross motor slide deck for occupational therapy and physical therapy teletherapy sessions.

              Valentine's Day handwriting activity and free slide deck for occupational therapy

              Valentine’s Day handwriting activity

              This free slide deck includes two separate activities. The first is a match up game, a lot like the virtual handwriting activities we’ve shared before, including this pencil theme write the room activity.

              In this particular therapy slide deck, students can use the Valentine’s Day theme to identify the missing item on the match-up, spot it style of Valentine’s Day puzzles.

              Valentine's Day Spot it activity to practice visual perceptual skills with a heart theme.

              Then, on the next slide, students are given a handwriting task where they copy the word and a sentence.

              There are several reasons why I’ve included these two activities together on a handwriting therapy activity.

              When kids complete a spot-it game visual perception activity, they are challenging and developing several visual perceptual skills including form constancy, visual discrimination, visual memory, and visual figure ground skills.

              All of these perceptual skills are needed for copying written work. When a child copies a word, they need to visually shift from their paper to the word or sentence that they are copying. To copy, students need visual perceptual skills of visual memory so that they can recall where they left off as they copy letters and words. They also need visual discrimination skills to quickly identify the differences between letters. Finally, kids need visual figure ground skills so that they can visually pull out the letters or words that they pull out of a sentence as they copy.

              So, in this slide deck, students can first determine the image that is different between the two circles. One Valentine’s Day symbol is matching and all others are different. The student can click on the heart in the corner of the slide and drag it onto the matching Valentine’s Day symbols.

              Valentine's Day handwriting activity for kids to practice handwriting skills.

              Next, each match-up puzzle in the deck is followed by a handwriting activity. Users can copy the word or they can copy the sentence, or they can copy both! This slide deck is very adaptable depending on the needs of the child.

              You’ll find different Valentines themes including cute animals with hearts, heart trees, sweet treats, heart cupcakes, emojis, conversation hearts, watercolor hearts, and even more heart themes!

              Additionally, this activity is available on Google Jamboard so that users can write right on the slide with a stylus or their finger.

              Free Valentine’s Day Handwriting Slide Deck

              Want to add this slide deck to your therapy toolbox? Enter your email address into the form below.

              Enter your email address below and you will receive a PDF containing a link to copy the slide deck onto your Google drive. Next, 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.

              Please use the copy of the slide deck and do not change the url.

              FREE Valentine’s Day Handwriting Activity!

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                Want to add more Valentine’s Day activities and movement tools to your skill-building?

                he Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Kit is here! This printable kit is 25 pages of hands-on activity sheets designed to build skills in pinch and grasp strength, endurance, eye-hand coordination, precision, dexterity, pencil control, handwriting, scissor skills, coloring, and more.

                When you grab the Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Kit now, you’ll get a free BONUS activity: 1-10 clip cards so you can challenge hand strength and endurance with a counting eye-hand coordination activity.

                Valentines Day fine motor kit
                Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Kit to develop fine motor strength, endurance, dexterity, and coordination of hand skills.

                Click here to grab your copy of the Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Kit.

                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.

                Valentine’s Day Gross Motor Activity

                Valentines day gross motor slide deck for helping kids with movement, motor planning, coordination, and other gross motor skills.

                Today, I’m excited to bring you another free Google slide deck, this one is a way to get kids moving and working on motor planning skills. It’s a Valentine’s Day gross motor activity that challenges bilateral coordination, crossing midline, movement challenges, and motor planning skills. Kids can follow along with this therapy slide deck and use the heart theme therapy activity to work on so many movement skills. Let’s get those kiddos moving in occupational therapy, physical therapy, in the classroom, or at home!

                Valentines day gross motor slide deck for helping kids with movement, motor planning, coordination, and other gross motor skills.

                Valentine’s Day Gross Motor Activity

                If hands-on activities that are used by many different children are possible, sensory-based tactile activities like this bilateral coordination activity with heart drawing is the way to go for building motor planning and coordinated use of both hands.

                However, if you’re working with many children or in virtual therapy situations, a guided slide deck can be helpful in encouraging kids to build specific skills like motor planning, coordination, and strengthening.

                That’s where this Valentine’s Day gross motor activity comes in.

                This slide deck is a tool for helping kids develop skills in a variety of areas:

                • Balance
                • Coordination
                • Motor planning
                • Crossing midline
                • Movement changes
                • Sequencing

                The heart theme is a fun way to encourage movement of these gross motor skills.

                Copy the heart motor planning exercise

                Kids can copy each slide in the deck and work on motor planning skills.

                There are different upper body movement activities that can be used based on the needs of each individual child.

                Working on balance? Go through the slides while standing on one foot and then the other.

                Working on motor planning? Go through several slides and ask the child to recall the sequence of the movements as they complete the arm positioning with their eyes closed or without the visual prompt of the slides. Or, challenge the child to go through the movements as fast as they can.

                Need a brain break activity? Combine heavy work like animal walks, wall push-ups, burpees, push-ups, or chair push-ups between each arm positioning.

                Working on listening skills or direction-following? Use the slide deck in a “Simon Says” activity.

                Valentines Day motor planning activities

                Valentine’s Day Gross Motor Slide Deck

                Want to add this slide deck to your therapy toolbox? Enter your email address into the form below.

                Enter your email address below and you will receive a PDF containing a link to copy the slide deck onto your Google drive. Next, 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.

                Please use the copy of the slide deck and do not change the url.

                FREE Valentine’s Day Gross Motor Therapy Activities!

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                  Want to add more Valentine’s Day activities and movement tools to your skill-building?

                  The Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Kit is here! This printable kit is 25 pages of hands-on activity sheets designed to build skills in pinch and grasp strength, endurance, eye-hand coordination, precision, dexterity, pencil control, handwriting, scissor skills, coloring, and more.

                  When you grab the Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Kit now, you’ll get a free BONUS activity: 1-10 clip cards so you can challenge hand strength and endurance with a counting eye-hand coordination activity.

                  Valentines Day fine motor kit
                  Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Kit to develop fine motor strength, endurance, dexterity, and coordination of hand skills.

                  Click here to grab your copy of the Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Kit.

                  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.