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9 Occupational Therapy Games Kids Love at WeeCare

9 Occupational Therapy Games Kids Love at WeeCare

Playtime WeeCare OT Activities

Come to therapy, come to play. We try to get the children that come to WeeCare Occupational Therapy to think of their time with us as a play date. Though we provide therapy for those up to the age of 18, most kids that come to us are under the age of 13 so the play date method works well. Below you will find the 9 activities that younger children love to do at WeeCare!

  1. TrapezeA fun and challenging activity that requires skill, concentration, and balance. Children are especially excited when they successfully reach the end!
  2. Bounce HouseChildren get to bounce and have fun while not realizing they are improving their balance and coordination
  3. Steamroller – A simple but entertaining activity where a child lays on the floor and a bolo is rolled over them. Almost all the kids think this one is amazing!
  4. Egg on Spoon – In this game, kids carry eggs on spoons and try to make it through an obstacle course. It teaches hand-eye coordination and balance.
  5. Putty Search – Kids love silly putty! In occupational therapy, we use it to help kids with sensory issues by hiding different objects in the putty and making them search for it. This is an easy one to try at home by making your own silly putty.
  6. Plank challenges –This game is especially popular with the older boys, who like to challenge themselves and show off their strength.
  7. Body Bowling – Kids stand on soft surface and a big soft ball is rolled at them. The kids love to bring the game of bowling life-size.
  8. Writing on a Chalkboard – Much more fun than writing on paper, writing on a chalkboard is another one that helps with hand-eye coordination.
  9. Rice Bin – Items are hidden in a bin full of rice (cars, Easter eggs, etc.) and the children try to find them. The kids then take items out with tongs instead of hands, which is good for sensory issues involving hand-eye coordination.

All kids like having a plan. It helps them deal with day-to-day life. At WeeCare, children are able to pick activities they want to do, and have to create a map of the order they will do them in, which is good for getting used to and accepting transition.  Pre-planning, ideation, motor planning, transition, decision making, and sharing that decision making with adults are all beneficial to kids with sensory issues and those dealing with transition and change. This also helps with behavior issues since children are less likely to have a tantrum over an activity that was pre-planned and agreed upon.

We make OT fun at WeeCare!

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