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These favorite OT tools are fun and affordable! Plus, their endless use possibilities make them the perfect gift for kids of all ages and abilities.

10 ways to use sensory balls

  1. Use them as stress balls3219_2

Squish and squeeze them to feel a unique hand massage. Some of them even have additional features such as spikes or strands that multiply sensory possibilities.

> Promotes: Fine motor skills, Tactile input, Stress relief

 

  1. Play “Basketball”slomo balls

Toss them into the air to reach a target. Make it a competition and count points if you wish or let your child go their own path!

> Promotes: Gross motor skills, Concentration, Hand eye coordination

 

  1. Carnival Game

__1004527_previewBuild a simple board using cardboard or plastic cups, making openings of various sizes and scores. Ask your child to reach certain openings and make them count their own scores for an added math practice!

> Promotes: Hand eye coordination, Logic skills

 

  1. Group Playendushape balls 2

Throw a ball into the air and have playmates catch it for hours of fun.

> Promotes: Socialization, Gross motor skills, Hand eye coordination

 

  1. Group Play, Upside down

Same as above except you all lie down and pass it along with your feet!

> Promotes: Socialization, Balance

 

  1. Paint!

Use sensory balls as brushes to create an original painting activity with your child.56437_2

> Promotes: Fine motor skills, Creativity

 

  1. Decorate them

Give your child WASHABLE markers and ask them to decorate a ball as they wish, then wash it off and repeat indefinitely.

> Promotes: Fine motor skills, Creativity

 

  1. Use them as massagers

oddballsRoll sensory balls under your feet or on your back for a calming sensation!

> Promotes: Tactile input, Stress relief

 

  1. Play the equilibrist

Simply try to let a ball hold on your head, back or knee as long as possible or do this while walking along a path.

> Promotes: Balance

 

  1. Cup Crash

7809_1Build a pyramid with plastic cups and try to crash as many as possible at once!

> Promotes: Gross motor skills, Stress relief

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Handwriting… All kids can find this difficult to master but special needs kids have a greater chance to experience the tears of frustration at school or at home while trying to get their homework done. The reason for this varies: either the body is not well positioned, the child lacks attention or coordination, there is a medical condition, you name it. Thankfully, there are exciting ways to promote handwriting skills that will work with almost every child!

5 tips handwriting

1. Grasp, grasp, grasp

Handwriting starts with good positioning of the whole body and fingers on the writing tool. It may be too abstract for your child to follow your directions as you explain or show them, so think of those pencil grips or claws to physically guide their hand. Heavy pens are another affordable and efficient way to improve their grasp by building hand muscles strength.

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2. Lower the pressure

32090_3Handwriting problems often come from a too strong pressure applied by the child to the pen. Use stress balls at any time to encourage your child to relax their hand muscles and promote fine motor skills.

3. Feel the vibes

__017877_A_previewThe Squiggle Wiggle is a very original pen that vibrates, creating colored squiggles as an interesting alternative to drawing. It encourages fine motor control and helps your child appreciate writing while staying creative.

4. Have fun!

Think of fun activities that involve writing or drawing such as: drawing around your hand, making an herbarium (simply run a color pencil on a paper to transfer leaves’ relief), or playing Pictionary with the whole family! They should improve your child’s handwriting skills without tears.

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5. Play (yes, play!)

TPG-654 OpenLet kids play their favorite game on a phone or tablet with an adapted stylus. They look just like a pen and will train them as if it were the real thing… except they are playing!

If those simple tips are still not effective enough, don’t hesitate to ask the help of an Occupational Therapist who will have a better understanding of your child’s abilities.

Did you find new tips to try with your child in this article? If you have more tips, please share with other readers!

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