Twister with a Twist

Twister is a good game to work on motor planning and gross motor skills. My nephew is autistic and he is very motivated by words and writing so we incorporated words into a game of twister to work on his motor planning skills. Put a strip of packing tape on each color on the twister floor mat. This makes each of the colored circles a surface that you can write on with dry erase markers (or washable markers). Write words {Read More}

Tea Party

A tea party is fun for both young and old.  It is even more fun when you use a nice china tea set and fancy linens.  It can be really fun and motivating when real food and real drink is used.  Preparation and clean-up is of course a big part of the activity, and can really target visual motor skills.  It is never bad to practice washing dishes. There are so many skills that having a tea party works on, such as {Read More}

Mancala

Where has this game been all my life.  Actually, I played this game as a kid, and I have played it as therapy in the past, but I just re-discovered it as a therapy activity.  It is a perfect game for in hand manipulation skills or for fine motor in general.  You could also work on range of motion and reaching, depending on where you place the board.  It’s great to have the mental stimulation of a game while working {Read More}

Cootie Catcher (Fortune Teller)

Any square piece of paper can be made into a Cootie Catcher. Fold two corners together and crease firmly. unfold.  Then fold the other two corners together and crease again. Fold each corner point into the center. flip it over and fold all four of these corners into the center. Under the inside flaps, you have to write a fortune or prediction. On top of those flaps, you need to write a number. On the outside flaps you need to {Read More}

Bouncy Ball Hand Skills

Bouncy balls. Gotta love em. They come in all sizes, and as their name suggests, boy are they bouncy. I love this activity because you can be so concrete with your directions. Hold the blue ball with your finger and thumb. Now put the blue ball back in your hand and hold the red ball with your fingers. It’s motivating too because how can you NOT have fun when bouncy balls are involved. I can’t imagine it. Items needed: Bouncy {Read More}