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Car Wash

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When the weather is warm, it is always fun to play in the water. Here is a fun activity that has water play, with some self-care skills and fine motor skills all mixed into one activity.

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When washing your hands, you use visual perception and motor planning to see and physically scrub the dirt off of them. In order to work on this skill using a fun activity, I set up a car wash. Really, I guess I should say bus wash. I let the kids go to town coloring and dirtying up this plastic bus using washable crayons. They had a great time, probably because they were allowed to color on a toy. It’s always fun to do something that is usually not allowed.

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Once that bus was good and dirty, the kids got sponges and water and they scrubbed the bus clean.

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Materials:

  • Plastic car
  • Washable crayons
  • Sponges
  • Water
  • Sink or bucket

Skills:

  • ADL – Hygiene
  • Fine motor
  • Motor planning
  • Visual perception

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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.
3 replies
  1. Jen
    Jen says:

    My niece and nephew had a ball with this activity today in the 98 degree temps! A bucket of water and some sponges kept them busy “dirtying” and cleaning every toy they could find. So fun!

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