These are available through two partners as downloads of PDF's. Each packet costs $7.50. Choose either link below to purchase through Paypal and immediately get the files.
Therapy Fun Zone.com (Packet 1) and (Packet 2)
YourTherapySource.com (Packet 1) and (Packet 2)
(There are lots of other fun activity ideas and things to buy at each of these sites)
Once you have the files you can print and copy them as many times as you like to use with your caseload/students/children. Please do not share the files with other adults to use, but you may send home a few with a particular student/client/child for extra practice.
|I started making
these when I
worked at Fourt Therapy Center in Menlo Park, California. Barbara
Fourt and a couple of the other therapists started making little mazes
and "obstacle courses" for children to practice pencil skills without
the dreaded tasks of writing or coloring. Kids love them! I have made
more and more as the students I work with ask for more of them, give me
ideas for them, and as specific needs arise. I have been very pleased
with the results.
Packet 1 includes:
This all-new set includes ideas on some different skills. For example, cutting accurate corners with scissors is a specific skill set that often needs to be taught. This packet includes a page to practice how to STOP at corners and turn the page with the other hand (Scissor Driving Exam Obstacle Course), and then a fun Secret Message page to increase the skill level with a mystery reward.
Hole punching, lacing, ruler measurement, straight-edge lines and more are also included in these activities, as are themes of bugs, construction equipment, trains, BMX, and other adventures to get kiddos engaged.
I have found it really amazing how much students seem to love doing these – I think the lack of play-based teaching in most school days make them hungry to use their imaginations and get a little silly while working on problem-solving. And as Occupational Therapists know, learning through challenging play is the best learning there is!
Also, there is an app that will allow you to use these on an ipad! It is called Top Notes, and as of my writing this (late summer 2016), it is free! (in a version without ability to export the edited files)
You can transfer pdfs to make them act like a worksheet on an iPad. Add a stylus and you have simulated paper-and-pencil activities for those kids who will only be interested if its on a screen.
Another app, PDF Notes, is a bit more complicated but it is also free and allows you to save and print or email the results, too.
And something else I love: there is a "palm rest" area that you can place where you like it, so kids can actually stabilize on the side of their hands while using the stylus!
The only problem: the program is REALLY complicated and has many features and controls. There are something like 26 electronic pages of directions. Best idea is to learn the basics and set it up a page at a time for each child.