Sometimes it’s not easy to come up with fresh new fun ideas for sensory and motor development activities. We don’t want to use the same activities over and over because it eventually gets boring for us and the kids.
The following list shows a week of therapeutic activity ideas with common materials that you can do at home.
Click the link for each activity for detailed steps and additional images.
The Sensory Salad activity promotes bilateral hand use, cutting, finger strength, pincer grasp, sensory processing, tactile perception, and also social interaction.
You’ll need a bowl, construction paper, paper plate, pom-poms, scissors, straws, and tongs to complete the activity.
The Sunflower Handprint activity promotes bilateral hand use , cutting, eye-hand coordination, fine motor control, sensory processing, tactile perception, and also visual motor.
You’ll need brown construction paper, green construction paper, glue, markers, scissors, and tempera paint to complete the handprint activity.
Cut the Line
The Cut the Line activity promotes bilateral hand use and cutting.
You’ll need construction paper or index cards, markers, ruler, scissors, and stickers.
Hand Strengthening Artwork
The Hand Strengthening Artwork activity promotes crossing midline, eye-hand coordination, finger strength, hand arches/separation, and also visual motor skill.
For this messy activity, you will need paper, paper cup, paper plate, and tempera paint.
The end result is a visually satisfying creation and all ages can participate in this fun activity.
Balance on the Web
The Balance on the Web activity was designed to promote balance and body awareness. It also enhances core strength, eye-hand coordination, motor planning, and visual perception.
In this activity, the child will promote motor planning skills, as he plans his route on the spider web. In addition, he will strengthen his balance skills and his core, while walking on the web lines and squatting down to pick up objects.
The Bean Mosaic activity promotes distal finger control, eye-hand coordination, fine motor control, finger strength, grasp, finger translation, and many other skills.
When we use small pellets such as beans or small buttons we strengthen finger muscles and promote pincer grasp pattern.
Hang Up a Pattern
The Hang Up a Pattern activity promotes bilateral hand use, eye-hand coordination, grasp, visual perception, pincer control, and also promoting crossing midline.
It is a simple activity that uses clothespins, hanger, some index cards, and stickers.
Through the use of clothespins and a visual pattern, the child promotes visual perception skills, develops pincer grasp, and practices crossing mid-line by matching patterns on a hanger or writing words using clothespins with character stickers attached.
What else can you do?
If you’re looking for additional OT activity ideas in addition to the “Week of Occupational Therapy Activity Ideas” above, you can search OTPlan by the specific skill to promote or based on the materials you have handy.