Homemade Mini Pizzas
We often hold cooking sessions through our therapy assistant program. Cooking is a great was to incorporate independent living skills, into a fun, delicious session. We like to use simple recipes in our sessions and trust us this pizza dough recipe is so easy!
Homemade Stress Balls
This one is for the wrigglers. Keep their busy hands occupied with these super easy DIY stress balls. The use of a stress balls is a way to keep calm and stay focused, as squeezing the stress ball sends sensory signals that occupy parts of the child’s brain. Plus the added bonus of improving grip strength, concentration and motor skills.
All you need is a few balloons, a funnel, plus some ingredients from the pantry you can use flour or baking soda, rice etc. You can even try playdough.
SUPER EASY MINI MUFFINS
Whilst going through this isolation time, what better time to jump into the kitchen with the kids!
There are endless benefits for your child when it comes to cooking. Increases Language Development. Enhances Fine Motor Skills. Improves Reading Skills. Increases Focus and Attention. Teaches Life Skills PLUS the end result is super yummy!
You don't have to be a master chef to make this recipe but by the end you will sure feel like a master chef!
DIY EASY SLIME
Slime can be such a relaxing, calming, regulating activity for so many kids. There are so many therapeutic benefits when it comes to slime and this has to be the easiest slime you could make! All you need is three Ingredients
Once melting effect starts and slime begins to leave spoon you are on the right track. The slime will look like a liquid in bowl and turn into a solid when you touch it. Once you have achieved your desired consistency its time to put your hands in and start having fun!
DIY Sensory Bin
Benefits of sensory bins
You can even have themed bins - under the sea, jungle, abc the list is endless! Send us pictures of your creative DIY sensory bins to go into the draw to win a toy pack! Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Easy Sensory Playdough
Making sensory playdough is not only fun but the end product is a great therapy tool that can be used at home!
2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1 tbs oil
1 cup cold water
2 drops liquid food colouring
1. Combine plain flour and salt.
2. Add water, food colouring and oil. Mix until ingredients are combined.
3. Knead well.
4. If consistency is too wet add a little plain flour.
- Glitter - Sand - Sprinkles
- Essential Oils - Many children associate strong smells with more alert focused behaviour. Lemon, Orange and citrus smells, peppermint, coffee are good examples of these scents. Softer smells often correspond with calmer more relaxed behaviour for children such as vanilla, rose, lavender.
Squishing rolling, sculpting, molding is a great way for children to use their imaginations and strengthen the small muscles in their fingers Add some props from around the home and playdough play becomes a powerful way to support your child’s learning. Contact one of our Occupational Therapists for hand exercise ideas.