Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sequencing Using a Coffee Can, Magnet and Can Lids

  • Hippotherapy provides a wonderful tool for developing sequencing as well as fine motor skills. I ask the children to:

  • Reach with the magnetic bingo wand for the metal can lids. You may add letters or pictures to the lids to identify. Reaching while in 2 point stand, sideways or backwards promotes balance, strength and motor planning.
  • Removing the lid from the wand promotes bilateral (using 2 hands) skills.
  • Insertion into the can develops eye-hand coordination. The can may also be positioned in different positions to promote trunk rotation and reaching.

Jiggle the can full of lids to get the child's attention as needed or consider adding a vibrating toy inside so that the child can enjoy holding the can at the end of the activity. The sound of the vibrating can may help the child to focus on activities.

Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L, author of The Recycling Occupational Therapist

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