Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tactile Activities

I placed some colorful magnets in this fake orange grass so that the children would have to dig through to find them. Most of the kids hated touching the grass due to tactile defensiveness.

I am going to try this again with some sand in a container and see if they find the sand less aversive or maybe I can make some type of easy to manipulate goop. In any case, they enjoyed attaching the magnets to a cookie sheet after they found them. these magnets are colorful plastic on one side and magnetic on the other side so they have to learn to position them correctly in order to attach.

This girl is cleaning the fake grass off the pad and pony, a great tactile activity!

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

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