Homework Can Be Fun! Part Two.

by Amy Bumgarner, OTR/L

Allowing a younger child “do” homework with older siblings can be a win-win situation for you. First, the younger child keeps busy and feels important.  But as a parent, you can also take this opportunity to strengthen a child’s fine motor and cognitive skills.

Remember to make sure the activities you choose are “special” by bringing them out only at homework time.  In last week’s “Therapist Thursday,” we suggested a number of fun and developmentally appropriate activities for toddlers.  Here are a few more!

–    Special coloring books – Also, try coloring with broken crayon pieces to promote development of the fist three fingers needed to hold a writing utensil
–    Play-doh fun – Small rolling pins and cookie cutters are great for hand strengthening.
–    Magnets – Playing with magnets on the side of the refrigerator is great for hand and upper body strengthening
–    Sidewalk chalk – Let your child to be creative, while using his or her whole body during writing activities.  This one is good for the tactile system too!
–    Play with pots and pans – Allow your child to be pretend cook, drum, or wear a hat.  Fosters creative and imagination!
–    Build a fort – Allow your child to get the wiggles out and create a cozy hiding place!
–    Screw top bottles – Create maracas, water shakers, or just have fun opening and      dumping containers with beads, cotton balls, or straws!

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