Summer Ice Bowling

In therapy I use bowling as a part of many different activities, and to target many different skills, such as scooter board bowling, bowling in a swing, and bowling on a balance board. For summer, I thought we would try a little ice bowling. To prepare, we first had to put water into some water balloons (and added a drop of food coloring) and freeze them so that we had our ice balls. I used recycled water bottles filled with {Read More}

Seated Balloon Volleyball

I have been working in skilled nursing this summer, and it is very different from the therapy that I do with kids. There are some things that transcend age groups though and that people want to have fun. What is fun for a child is not necessarily fun for an adult, so I have to search for the adult fun and motivation. For some adults, just exercise itself is motivation and fun, but others are not intrinsically motivated by exercise. {Read More}

Pool Writing Using Sponges

The pool is a fun and important place to spend time in during the summer months. You can add some fun word activities and even incorporate some writing to the fun of summer. I cut up some packs of sponges (but you could use craft foam just as easily) into quarters and wrote letters on them with permanent markers. I had enough pieces of sponge to have the full alphabet 2-3 times. The kids that I had doing this activity {Read More}

Using a Water Gun to Propel a Ball

I had recently used water guns to fill up a cup with water and make a ping pong ball rise. I was trying to think of other activities that use water guns because they can really work on hand strengthening. I had the guns, and I had the balls, so I had a group of kids that I work with try propelling the balls by squirting the water jet at them. It worked wonderfully and targeted both gross and fine {Read More}

Cardboard Bricks

These cardboard bricks are a large motor building toy that creates fun during other activities by incorporating the building and knocking down element. The best part about these bricks is that they are so much fun to knock down. When building with these bricks, a young child has to use both hands because the bricks are so big. An adult is able to do it one handed, although two hands could be required in the game. Building makes you move {Read More}