Fun Outdoor OT Activities
Now that spring is around the corner, it’s time to enjoy the beautiful weather and get outside! There are many activities you can do outside that will be not only fun but also helpful to your child’s development. Below is a list of some outdoor activity suggestions and their many benefits!
- Break out the Sidewalk chalk
- Practice drawing pictures, lines, shapes or letters. Use a spray bottle filled with water to spritz-away and start over
Developmental benefits: fine motor, prewriting skills, sensori motor development, midline crossing
- Go on a Nature Walk!
– collect leaves, branches, small rocks to make a collage
Developmental benefits: fine motor, sensory processing, bilateral coordination and visual perceptual motor skill development
- Wash the Car!
– break out the soap, sponges and hoses
Developmental benefits: upper body/wrist/hand strengthening, midline crossing, bilateral coordination, sensory processing skill development
- Go to the Beach & Play in the Sand!
– draw lines & shapes in the sand with fingers; build sand castles
Developmental benefits: visual motor integration, visual perception, hand strengthening, bilateral coordination, midline crossing and sensory processing
- Paint with Water!
- use large brushes, or small sponge pieces to paint with and use the side of the house, a fence or sidewalk as your “canvas”
Developmental benefits: hand and wrist strengthening, grasp development, proximal stability, visual motor integration and midline crossing
- Dig For Treasures!
– using small kitchen tongs or strawberry hullers, pick up small toys or “treasures” hiding in the sandbox
Developmental benefits: grasp development, hand strengthening, bilateral coordination, eye hand coordination, visual motor control