• SUGGESTED OT ACTIVITIES FROM TESS SHELTON, COTA



    Sensory Activities - Tactile

    Play in…..

    • Grass 
    • Fish gravel
    • Shaving cream
    • Pine cones
    • Play-Doh
    • Bird seed
    • Putty
    • Corn
    • Pom poms
    • Paint
    • Dry cereal
    • Pipe cleaners (bend & twist)
    • Rocks
    • Hopscotch
    • Mulch
    • Beans
    • Ice
    • Flour
    • Water
    • Dry oatmeal
    • Sand
    • Cooked or uncooked pasta
    • Rice

    Draw with chalk

    Wrap up in a blanket

    Hang upside down on bed or couch



    Handwriting Activities

    Make letters with….

    • Q-tips
    • Crayons
    • Cotton balls 
    • Pieces of paper
    • Toothpicks 
    • Aluminum foil
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Shaving cream
    • Marbles
    • Blocks
    • Play-Doh
    • Stickers
    • Pipe cleaners
    • Glue and string
    • Rubberbands



    Gross Motor Activities

    • Yoga
    • Rocking in a rocking chair
    • Jumping with construction paper
    • Gross motor bingo
    • Obstacle course
    • Wheelbarrowing
    • Animal walks (great videos on YouTube)
    • Simon Says
    • Crossing midline activities
    • Go Noodle
    • Roll a dice and choose gross motor activity
    • Up and down stairs
    • Chair exercises
    • Balloon volleyball
    • Bubble play
    • Carry books
    • Twister
    • Stretches
    • Push a clothes bin
    • Jumping over broom 
    • Carry canned items
    • Zig zag thru cups
    • Wear a backpack
    • Bowling with water bottles
    • Rolling
    • Wall push ups
    • Grab toys with feet & put in a bin
    • Chair push ups
    • Ride bike
    • Jumping jacks
    • Floor is lava
    • Army crawl
    • Build a fort
    • Dance with a tissue on your head



    Visual Perceptual Activities

    • I Spy
    • Sorting
    • Insert toothpicks or Q-tips in a container
    • Make shapes with sticks
    • Stack cups
    • Cutting
    • Lacing
    • Hot potato games
    • Carry books
    • Matching -letters, shapes, numbers
    • Stickers on shapes, name, or letters
    • Matching socks
    • Pick up cotton balls with sticks
    • ABC matching with plates and clothespins
    • Rubberbands on paper towel rolls or cup
    • Letter match on write paper with construction paper



    Fine Motor Activities

    • Stack Cheerios
    • Q-tip painting
    • Hole punch craft
    • Play-Doh cutting
    • Clothes pins activities
    • Tongs/tweezers
    • Crumble small pieces of paper and glue on the letters of their name
    • Stringing beads
    • Coins in a slot
    • Legos
    • Hide beads in Play-Doh
    • Rescue toys from tape
    • Practice zipping/buttoning
    • Puzzles
    • Directed drawing
    • Work on scooping crumbled paper with spoon
    • Make Play-Doh prints of things in your home
    • PIck up cotton balls with 2 spoons
    • Make pipe cleaner shapes, letters, or people
    • Make shapes out of small marshmallows and toothpicks
    • Thread beads on pipe cleaners
    • Play Jenga
    • Pick up pipe cleaners with lint rollers
    • Trace around cups to make cup art