- Dollar Tree Puff Balls
- Coke Bottle (note: I have tried all different brands of soda bottles, and the Coke brand hold up best to the squeezing that many kids do) *drink the soda first!
Cost: $2.00 total!
Simply by working to get the puff balls out of the bottle, then putting them back in, the child can address many occupational therapy goals. Here are some goals I often target with this activity:
- Pincer grasp (2 point or 3 point depending on the level when picking up the balls)
- Pointer finger isolation (when poking the balls back in)
- Gradation of force (not squeezing the bottle too hard)
- Direction following (shake the balls to the neck, then squeeze)
- Frustration tolerance
Additional skills addressed:
- Color identification
- Verbal/gestural requests for help
I love how easy it can be to make a useful therapy material for just a few dollars. This activity is great for Occupational Therapy, but it also can be used by speech-language pathologists, teachers and parents. Get creative and find something different from Dollar Tree to put in the bottle. Or make an entirely new game or activity for just a few dollars. If you do, please share it with us!
Shelly wishes a schedule of kids would magically appear in her planner so she doesn't have to think about it!