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Occupational Therapy Activities at Home

Occupational therapy activities at home are activities that are simple to carry out and should be short, Parents should also use materials from around the house that can be motivating to the child. Some of the exercises below could work for your child.

Here are 50 Occupational Therapy Activities at Home to Practice Fine Motor Skills.
  1. Play with puzzles.
  2. Roll out snakes with play dough.
  3. Use tweezers to pick up small objects.
  4. Pick up coins and put in a bank.
  5. Make toothpick sculptures with marshmallows.
  6. Use a hole punch to make designs in a piece of paper (kids LOVE this one).
  7. String macaroni or cereal on yarn.
  8. Shred paper by tearing it into strips.
  9. Play any game where you have to shake dice.
  10. Play any card game.
  11. Use stickers on paper.
  12. Finger paint (use corn starch, food coloring and water for homemade finger paints).
  13. Sort small items such as cotton balls or beads.
  14. Play with interlocking blocks like Legos.
  15. Perform finger play songs ie Itsy Bitsy Spider.
  16. Paint a picture using Q-tips.
  17. Wrap small boxes with wrapping paper.
  18. Color in a picture using small crayons.
  19. Sort different small pasta shapes.
  20. Build towers with small blocks.
  21. Use spoons to transfer small objects from one dish to another.
  22. Cut out pictures and glue on paper to make a collage.
  23. Cut out different shapes and make a collage.
  24. Cut out strips of paper and make a paper chain.
  25. Make a bookmark.
  26. Cut up cereal boxes or junk mail.
  27. Use cookie cutters for stencils.
  28. Create a paperclip chain.
  29. Play tic tac toe with raisins or small cereal.
  30. Tape paper on the wall and draw a picture.
  31. Hang doll clothes up on a pretend play clothes line.
  32. Use a spray bottle with water.
  33. Play with finger puppets.
  34. Make a paper airplane.
  35. Trace your hand on paper and color it in.
  36. Cut up a picture into pieces to make your own puzzle.
  37. Practice tying your shoes.
  38. Pop bubble wrap.
  39. Make a lacing card with cardboard with a hole punch. Use yarn to sew the shape.
  40. Practice flipping over one card at a time from a deck of cards.
  41. Collect recycled toilet paper cardboard rolls and string together using yarn.
  42. Play with small sponges in water.
  43. Color a design on paper, fold it and make a fan.
  44. Play a hand clapping game with a friend.
  45. Draw a self portrait.
  46. Make your own book using paper and a stapler. Keep a journal.
  47. Make small balls out of clay.
  48. Use sidewalk chalk.
  49. Try putting hair elastics or rubber bands around different sized objects.
  50. Make confetti by tearing up recycled paper.


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