Groundhog’s Day Activity

groundhog's day activities for teletherapy

This week’s free therapy slide deck has a groundhog theme. Use this as a teletherapy groundhog’s day activity to help kids develop motor skills in virtual therapy sessions. So, if you’re looking for a fun Groundhog’s day idea to do with the kids in a virtual setting, this free Google slide deck is for you! Use this activity along with a groundhog craft for some therapy fun!

Love this groundhog's day activity for virtual occupational therapy sessions with kids.

Groundhog’s Day Activity

This occupational therapy teletherapy activity is designed to help kids with a variety of skill areas: deep breathing/mindful breathing to warm-up and settle into the session, followed by handwriting tasks, visual perceptual activities, and finally a groundhog fine motor activity.

You can get this free Google slide deck and start using right away, making it a no-prep therapy activity, that requires no other materials other than the child and some paper!

Start the therapy session with some mindful breathing. Kids can follow the directions of the therapy slide and breathe deeply in and out along with the image on the slide.

Groundhog’s Day Handwriting Activity

This handwriting activity is designed as a “write the room” activity for teletherapy sessions. Kids can copy the word or the sentence on the screen (or both) and work on their handwriting goals: letter formation, line awareness, spacing, copying skills, writing speed, and legibility.

If you use the Jamboard option, kids can write right on the screen to trace the large letters to spell “groundhog”.

groundhogs day writing prompt

Groundhog’s Day Fine Vision Activity

The next slide in this therapy deck is perfect for this time of year. Kids can match the groundhog images with their matching shadows. It’s a nice eye-hand coordination activity on the interactive slide deck, and can be used as a matching activity to work on line use for younger users if used on the Jamboard option.

Matching the images to their shadow is an exercise in visual discrimination, form constancy, visual scanning, and visual memory.

groundhog's day vision puzzle

Groundhog’s Day Fine Motor Activity

The next series of slides asks students to spell out “groundhogs day” using sign language. Kids can make the ASL signs for each letter of the word and work on finger isolation, motor planning, dexterity, separation of the sides of the hand, eye-hand coordination, and more.

groundhog's day fine motor activity

Groundhog’s Day Self-Regulation Activity

The therapy slide deck ends with a self-regulation check-in. Students can move the groundhog to the matching color coded check-in system. This pairs well with the Zones of Regulation systems’ color coding, so students can carry through with previously used regulation strategies. This is also a nice time for therapists to work on coping tools as needed for after the therapy session ends and the child carries on with their day.

groundhog's day deep breathing activity

Free Therapy Slide Deck

Want to grab a copy of this free Google slide deck? Just enter your email address in the form below. You should be logged into your Google account before openeing the attachment that arrives to your inbox. Then, you can make a copy right onto your Google drive.

You’ll also access a link to copy this deck onto your Google Jamboard, so you can use the apps whiteboard feature to write directly on the slides during therapy sessions.

Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

Virtual I Spy Game- Pencil Theme

virtual I Spy game for teletherapy

With online learning, virtual games and activities are the way to go. This virtual I Spy game is a fun way to easily work on visual perceptual skills when in the virtual classroom or virtual therapy format. Use the virtual game to work on skills such as visual attention, visual memory, form constancy and visual discrimination. This one is a free slide deck for teletherapy, and it has a pencil theme, so it’s a nice activity for a fun activity that’s a little different than the normal pencil and paper work.

Virtual I Spy game with a pencil theme.

Virtual I Spy Game

This virtual I Spy game is a Google slide deck. You can enter your email address in the form below to add this slide deck to your Google drive. From there, your students can work through the slides and students can locate the items on the slides. They can then type right onto the slide deck with the number of each item that they find.

Or, you can use the image below and pull this webpage up as a visual for completing this virtual I Spy Game.

If you use this activity in therapy, in the classroom, or at home, you can use it as a warm-up activity. Then, children can work on visual motor skills with the pencil theme:

  • Ask them to copy the images and draw each shape.
  • Work on number formation by writing the numbers of each item they find.
  • Work on handwriting by asking students to write a sentence or word related to each image on the slide deck.
Virtual I Spy game with a pencil theme

I Spy Jamboard

Now, you can use this slide on Google’s Jamboard white board app. When you enter your email below, you’ll receive an email with a link to access the slide deck, AND a link to access this slide on Jamboard.

Students can “write” right on the Jamboard with their finger or stylus. They can then work on number formation. This is also a great option for students that need visual prompting. Use the highlighter or pen options to mark off images that they’ve already found.

Free I Spy Game for Virtual Therapy

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    free pencil grasp challenge

    JOIN THE PENCIL GRASP CHALLENGE!

    Want to know how to fix a problem with pencil grasps? Need help knowing where to start when it comes to immature pencil grasps or a child hating to write because their hand hurts? The Pencil Grasp Challenge in open for you! In this free, 5 day email series, you’ll gain information, resources, specific activities designed to promote a functional, efficient pencil grasp.

    The pencil grasp challenge is a free, 5 day mini course and challenge. During the course of five days, I’ll be teaching everything you need to know about the skills that make up a functional pencil grasp. You’ll learn what’s going on behind the inefficient and just plain terrible pencil grasps you see everyday in the classroom, clinic, or home. Along with loads of information, you’ll gain quick, daily activities that you can do today with a kiddo you know and love. These are easy activities that use items you probably already have in your home right now.

    Besides learning and gaining a handful (pun intended) of fun ideas to make quick wins in pencil grasp work, you’ll gain:

    • 5 days of information related to pencil grasp, so you know how to help kids fix an immature pencil grasp.
    • Specific activities designed to build a functional pencil grasp.
    • Free printable handouts that you can use to share with your team or with a parent/fellow teachers.
    • You’ll get access to printable challenge sheets, and a few other fun surprises.
    • And, possibly the best of all, you’ll get access to a secret challengers Facebook group, where you can share wins, chat about all things pencil grasp, and join a community of other therapists, parents and teachers working on pencil grasp issues.

    Click here to join the Pencil Grasp Challenge.

    Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

    Build a Snowman Activity

    Build a snowman activity

    I have another free therapy slide deck to share today. This build a snowman activity is an interactive Google slide deck that kids can use to work on eye-hand coordination, spatial awareness concepts, visual scanning, and handwriting (or typing) skills. This snowman activity is based off our popular disguise a turkey slide deck and our decorate a gingerbread house slide decks from earlier this year. If these slide decks are helpful for your virtual occupational therapy interventions, grab this free resource at the bottom of this post and browse the other free slides there.

    Build a snowman activity with a virtual Google slide deck for teletherapy

    Build a snowman activity

    I love this slide deck for many reasons. One is that it’s a cute building a snowman activity that kids will love doing. It’s fun to move the pieces on the slide deck and can be a break from the normal virtual lessons or teletherapy.

    Therapeutically, this snowman activity can help kids with several skill areas:

    • Eye-hand coordination
    • Visual scanning
    • Spatial relations
    • Size awareness
    • Handwriting
    • Typing
    • Visual memory

    Kids can visually scan the slide to actually build the snowman using different sized snowballs. They can arrange the snowballs to make the snowman.

    Then, users can scan the slide to find various pieces for the snowman. Depending on your goals for the child, they can independently build the snowman and decorate their snowman. Other students can be given verbal directions for scanning for eyes, carrot noses, arms, or other individual pieces. The items are scattered around the slide to challenge visual perceptual skills such as visual memory and visual attention.

    NOTE– When you access the slide, you are prompted to make a copy onto your Google drive. Once you make that copy, it is yours to edit to meet the needs of your students. You can remove some of the items or make duplicates of some snowman decorations, depending on the needs of your client or student.

    Once students are happy with their snowman creation, they can go to the next slide. There, they can type or write details about their snowman. This can challenge visual memory skills and be a great practice for handwriting or typing skills.

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      Snowman Theme Bilateral Coordination

      Snowman Bilateral Coordination Slide Deck

      I have something super cute to share with you today. This snowman theme bilateral coordination activity might be one of my favorites of recent resources. If working on bilateral coordination, crossing midline, and motor planning is something you’ve been working on with kids, then this free therapy slide deck is for you. It’s meant as a fun, play-based direction-following therapy slide deck. Use it as a warm-up to occupational therapy interventions, or a brain break, with a snowman theme!

      You can use this snowman gross motor activity alongside this snowman deep breathing activity for winter therapy fun!

      Snowman Bilateral Coordination Slide Deck

      Snowman theme bilateral coordination activity

      This therapy slide deck is designed so therapy practitioners need no other materials or items to run a virtual session. The free slide deck can be uploaded to Google slides and then used within a virtual session or distance learning classroom.

      There are so many benefits to working on bilateral coordination skills, and motor planning with a fun theme like this snowman activity.

      Read here about crossing midline activities and the benefits of this essential skill in handwriting, learning, and functional tasks. This skill integrates with bilateral coordination, or a coordinated use of both sides of the body so that functional use of both hemispheres in everyday tasks are possible.

      Be sure to read more on this link about bilateral coordination, because you’ll see that there are three components of bilateral coordination:
      Symmetrical movements
      Alternating movements
      Dominant hand/supporting hand movements

      Each of these areas play a role in functional tasks like play, self-care, learning, school-day tasks, and things each of us do all day long.

      Motor planning is another important motor skill that impacts everyday functional tasks. Here is more information about motor planning.

      There is a connection between creating a plan for movement, following a visual representation of a body positioning, and then sequencing movements using both sides of the body.

      This snowman gross motor activity does just that!

      You can scroll back and forth between the slides to really challenge kids with these motor plans. It’s like a “Simon Says” game with snowmen.

      Work on all of these areas:

      • Bilateral coordination
      • Motor planning
      • Crossing midline
      • Core strength
      • Stability
      • Balance and equilibrium skills
      • Range of motion
      • Flexibility
      • Movement patterns
      • Posture and postural control
      • Muscle tone
      Snowman bilateral coordination activities for virtual therapy

      Free Snowman Gross Motor Therapy Slide Deck

      To get your hands on this free snowman slide deck, you’ll need to enter your email address into the form below.

      Use this polar bear theme therapy slide deck in virtual therapy sessions or as a brain break.

      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.

      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.

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

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        Penguin Emotions Game

        Emotions game for social emotional development with a penguin theme

        Today, I have a very fun virtual therapy slide deck to share. This emotions game is designed with a penguins theme, and can help kids identify emotions based on facial expressions, specifically the eyes. There is a lot of emotion in the eyes! Kids may or may not pick up on this emotional expression, depending on their development in social emotional learning. I created a penguins gross motor slide deck this week, and got a little carried away with the penguin theme…but how cute are these little guys, right? Use them for helping kids identify feelings and emotions based on expressions, and a few other skills that are addressed in therapy. Let’s break this activity down…

        This emotions game has a penguins theme and helps kids learn about identifying emotions and feelings.

        Teach Emotions with a Game

        Ok, this therapy game is very fun to play, and it will be a huge hit, depending on the testers in my own home. But first, let’s break this down on the various skills that this emotions game addresses:

        • Identifying emotions
        • Naming feelings
        • Identifying facial expressions
        • Exploring emotional expression in the eyes
        • Social emotional learning

        Then, there are the other skills that are addressed, because of the way that this therapy slide deck is presented and organized:

        • Visual discrimination
        • Visual scanning
        • Visual attention
        • Visual memory
        • Form constancy

        This game is such a fun way to build skills in a variety of areas. Games for emotions and feelings are sometimes difficult to find, and so this free resource should be a great starting point for helping children with the areas listed above.

        Emotion Matching Game

        To play this emotional expression game, you’ll just need to load the slide deck onto your Google drive. Then, you can play in virtual therapy sessions with clients, or in home therapy programs, or even as a fun brain break in the distance learning classroom.

        Kids can identify emotions and facial expressions in this emotions game using a penguin theme.

        Next, ask children to complete the first slide in the deck. You’ll notice that there are text boxes on the slide where kids can identify the feelings or emotions based on the penguin’s expressions. Kids can type them into the box or they can say or write the feelings words.

        On the next slides in the deck, kids can find the matching facial expressions for each penguin. Each slide has four penguins with different emotions expressed with their eyes. There are only penguins that match between the two circles.

        This slide deck is so useful in helping kids work on visual perceptual skills, too. By visually scanning for the matching penguins, they are using visual discrimination, form constancy, visual attention, and visual memory. All of these skills are important not only in social emotional skills, but handwriting, reading, math, and other learning tasks as well.

        Kids can move the ice cube to cover the matching penguins. The ice cube is an interactive piece on the Google slide deck. You will notice that there are two ice cubes. One is over top the other, so once you move the first ice cube to cover one of the penguins, the other ice cube is right below that. Kids can slide both ice cubes to cover the matching penguins.

        I love this game for the emotions matching. It’s set up as an “I Spy” game for emotions and facial expressions, and kids will LOVE it!

        More Emotional Learning Resources

        This activity goes really well with some of the other emotions and feelings tools here on the website. These emotional learning tools can be used together:

        1. Identifying emotions can be hard for kids who are early in social emotional learning development. Try this identifying emotion faces worksheet. It’s another free resource, so you can print it and begin using the printable right away.

        2. Kids respond well to the stories in children’s books. Pair social emotional learning with popular kids’ books and hands-on activities. Here is information on how to teach social emotional development with children’s’ books.

        3. Emotions and empathy are very closely related. Use this hands-on activity to teach empathy.

        4. What is social emotional learning? Here are resources and information to help.

        5. Emotional development occurs through play. This blog post includes examples of social emotional development and strategies to help kids develop these essential skills. Check out the comments on that post for strategies that The OT Toolbox community uses to develop social emotional skills.

        6. Emotional regulation and executive functioning skills go hand-in-hand. Here is information on executive functioning and emotional development. You’ll find information on these connections, the research involved, and strategies to help.

        Emotions Game for Teletherapy

        Want to add this emotions game to your therapy toolbox?

        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.

        Google Slide Deck TIPS:

        1. Save the PDF file that you receive once you enter your email below, 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.
        2. You will be prompted to make a copy of the slide deck. Before clicking that, be sure that you are logged into your Google account.
        3. Make a copy for each student’s Google Drive. When you share it, make sure you enable edit capabilities for users.
        4. The pieces will be moveable in “edit” mode. If you click “present”, the movable ice cubes won’t work.
        5. 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.
        6. To easily start a new game- Once you’ve gone through all of the slides, go to “history” on the top of the Google dashboard. You will be able to revert the slide to it’s original state using the history option, so all of the ice cubes go back to their original place. The history option is located on the top dashboard by clicking the link that says, “last edit was…”. When you click on that, you will see a list of edits made on the right side of your screen. Click on the edit titled, “New Game (Revert slides to their original state)”. This should move all of the movable ice cubes back to their original location on the slide deck. The typed in emotions on the text boxes will disappear as well. Note that you can delete edits from that list, so if several students are using the slides, you can keep the organization simple and delete edit versions that you no longer need.

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          Enjoy!

          Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

          Penguin Yoga

          Penguin Yoga slide deck for teletherapy

          Did you ever wonder if a penguin can do yoga? Well, today we’re not talking about penguins doing yoga…we are talking about penguin-themed yoga exercises! These are brain breaks for kids that are a great addition to a penguin theme in the classroom or home. Last week, we had a polar bear therapy slide deck full of yoga and gross motor activities for you. It goes well with this penguin yoga slide deck. Use it in virtual therapy, in home programs, or as a brain break in distance learning or therapy at home!

          Penguin Yoga gross motor slide deck for teletherapy or brain breaks.

          Penguin Yoga Exercises

          This slide deck is a fun way to get the kiddos moving along with the penguins. Like many of our other slide decks, you’ll find the movements include heavy work exercises for proprioceptive input that can be calming and centering.

          Other slides are vestibular activities that encourage movement in various planes.

          These slides can be part of a sensory diet for scheduled sensory activities throughout the day. Read more on how to start a sensory diet.

          Add these slides to brain breaks or other movement activities throughout the virtual classroom or teletherapy day.

          Yoga and Balance

          This slide deck has two options for each yoga movement. The nice thing about yoga exercises is that each movement can be modified to meet the needs of the individual while challenging abilities and strength at a “just right” level.

          You’ll notice that each slide has one penguin on it. As you progress through the slide deck, the penguin does a move, and then it does that same move on an iceberg or piece of ice. This can be a way to challenge kids and work on core strength, coordination, motor planning, and upper or lower body strength depending on the yoga position.

          Kids can use an object they have in the home and pretend they are a penguin posing on the slab of ice. Some ideas to use include:

          • Couch cushion
          • Folded towel
          • Washcloth or flat fabric
          • Paper plate
          • Hoola hoop
          • Any object in the home!

          Ask the child to complete the yoga move and then complete the yoga exercise concentrating on balance.

          This slide deck is not interactive. There are no moveable pieces on this particular slide deck.

          Penguin yoga exercises for brain breaks for kids

          Winter Activities for Kids

          Use the penguin yoga along with these winter activities for whole-body movement and development activities that are effective in building skills in kids:

          Winter Fine Motor Kit– Use this printable kit to help kids develop and strengthen fine motor skills. The 100 page kit includes penguin theme activities, polar bears, and other arctic activities, as well as all-things winter.

          Indoor winter activities for kids– Try these fun and effective ways to to incorporate movement during the winter months.

          Winter Brain Breaks– Just like our penguin brain breaks, these winter theme movement activities will get brains and bodies developing!

          Penguin themed snacks– These cute snacks are easy to make and get the kids developing skills in the kitchen.

          Get the Penguin Slide Deck for Teletherapy

          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. 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.

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            MORE VIRTUAL LEARNING SLIDE DECKS?

            Would you like more therapy slide decks? Grab the others to add to your therapy toolbox!

            Try this Polar Bear Gross Motor Slide Deck.

            Use this Holiday Cookies Activities to address working memory, visual perception, and direction following.

            Here is a Community Helpers Theme Slide Deck.

            Here is a Football Theme Slide Deck.

            Here is a slide deck for a Social Story for Wearing a Mask.

            Here is a Space Theme Therapy Slide Deck.

            Here is a Therapy Planning Interactive Slide Deck.

            Here is a Back to School Writing Activity Slide Deck.

            Here is an Alphabet Exercises Slide Deck.

            Here is a Self-Awareness Activities Slide Deck.

            Polar Bear Therapy Slide Deck

            Polar bear therapy activities

            This week, we’re all about the polar bears. You’re going to love this polar bear therapy slide deck, and actually, my kids are loving it, too! The polar bear gross motor activities go well with an arctic animal theme. We’ve been using the gross motor activities as a warm-up for the Winter Fine Motor Kit and all of the winter activities in that resource. You’ll want to grab this therapy slide deck to get your new year off to a great start and get the kids moving with whole-body movements.

            Free gross motor therapy slide deck with a polar bear theme. Use in virtual therapy sessions or as a polar bear brain break.

            Be sure to grab the free polar bear deep self-regulation activity. It’s a wintery breathing exercise that went up earlier today. You’ll find a bunch of other polar bear activities listed in that blog post, so that your therapy theme for the week is full of movement-based activities that help kids develop skills.

            Included are some slides to incorporate propriocepetion and vestibular input as well.

            Because incorporating gross motor skills in teletherapy is sometimes a challenge, this gross motor slide deck was designed for teletherapy in a way that instructs kids to copy various positions as they balance and strengthen their core. All of these skills can be addressed with this gross motor slide deck in teletherapy sessions:

            • 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

            Polar Bear Resource: DON’T MISS IT:

            Grab the Winter Fine Motor Kit, with 100 pages of done-for-you therapy activities, including polar bear themes. Grab it now before January 9th and you get a bonus of 3 fine motor slide deck activities.

            CLICK HERE TO GET THE WINTER FINE MOTOR KIT.

            winter fine motor kit

            More therapy slide decks


            Be sure to check out these other slide decks to use in OT teletherapy sessions, distance learning, or homeschooling:

            Try this Alphabet Gross Motor Slide Deck.

            Here is a Space Theme Therapy Slide Deck.

            Here is a Strait Line Letters Slide Deck.

            Try this self-awareness slide deck with an animal theme.

            Kids love this football theme slide deck.

            There are gross motor activities in this outer space slide deck, too.

            Polar Bear Therapy Slide Deck

            Use this polar bear theme therapy slide deck in virtual therapy sessions or as a brain break.

            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.

            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.

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

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              Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

              Reindeer Games Gross Motor Slide Deck

              Christmas gross motor activities

              I am so excited to share this gross motor slide deck for teletherapy. It’s a reindeer games theme that allows kids to support gross motor skills in teletherapy, which is sometimes difficult to facilitate via a virtual therapy setting. These reindeer games activities are FUN for kids and they will be excited to see and do the gross motor activity on each slide of the therapy slide deck. Let’s explore reindeer games!

              Pair these with our reindeer activities to address other goal areas, and these free fine motor reindeer printables.

              Reindeer games activities for kids in a gross motor teletherapy slide deck.

              Reindeer Games Activities

              These reindeer games are fun for kids, and I am excited to use the therapy slide deck with my own kids at home. With colder temperatures and less kids’ sports activities this year, getting the kids active and moving can be tricky.

              So, that’s where these reindeer games for kids come in…we’ll use the reindeer games for a Christmas party at home as a way to get the whole family moving with a reindeer theme.

              Kids can use these reindeer games in teletherapy gross motor activities.

              Christmas Gross Motor Activities

              I wanted to use reindeer in the gross motor activities and challenge kids to move in different positioning, much like yoga positions. The gross motor challenges require kids to copy an image and hold that image.

              The slides can be graded to each child’s needs. Can they hold the position while reading the reindeer joke on the slide? Can they read just the response to the reindeer joke? Adjust the slide in a way that meets the needs of each child.

              The Christmas jokes are a fun way to encourage various positions and movement with themed Christmas gross motor activities.

              This Christmas slide deck goes great with our Gingerbread Man Teletherapy Slide Deck, our Decorate a Gingerbread House Teletherapy Slide Deck, and our Holiday Cookies Slide Deck.

              Use this gross motor teletherapy slide deck with a reindeer theme for Christmas gross motor activities.

              Gross Motor Slide Deck for Teletherapy

              Because incorporating gross motor skills in teletherapy is sometimes a challenge (especially to find interesting and new ideas!) this gross motor slide deck was desined for teletherapy in a way that instructs kids to copy various postions as they balance and strengthen their core.

              Included are some slides to incorporate propriocepetion and vestibular input as well.

              All of these skills can be addressed with this gross motor slide deck in teletherapy sessions:

              • 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
              Use these Christmas gross motor activities with a reindeer theme in teletherapy movement activities.

              Want this Free Gross Motor Slide Deck?

              This slide deck is not interactive. It has no movable parts on the slide deck. Because it is static slides in the activity, you can use the slide deck on any devices, including tablets and phones.

              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.

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

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

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                MORE VIRTUAL LEARNING SLIDE DECKS?

                Would you like more therapy slide decks? Grab the others to add to your therapy toolbox!

                Kids are loving this Decorate a Gingerbread House slide deck.

                Try this Gingerbread Man Slide Deck.

                Use this Holiday Cookies Activities to address working memory, visual perception, and direction following.

                Here is a Community Helpers Theme Slide Deck.

                Here is a Football Theme Slide Deck.

                Here is a slide deck for a Social Story for Wearing a Mask.

                Here is a Space Theme Therapy Slide Deck.

                Here is a Therapy Planning Interactive Slide Deck.

                Here is a Back to School Writing Activity Slide Deck.

                Here is an Alphabet Exercises Slide Deck.

                Here is a Self-Awareness Activities Slide Deck.

                Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.