One thing our OT’s cannot live without!

My Favorite Activities in Max & Alphie’s Adventures! Activity Book 3

I spend a good portion of my time with school-aged children, both at the clinic and at schools throughout Charlotte.  My Tuesdays are spent outside of the clinic at four different schools. Going into and out of schools all day long, requires compact packing and planning ahead.  While I’m always look for fun and complex treatment activities, I must also be able to carry my bag into the schools, and I make it a point to do it in one trip!  You can be assured that my bag is full of Fundanoodle, but lately, there’s a standout that I just love using!!!

15293 Adventure Book 3

There are two activities within the Activity Book 3 (intended for Kindergarten to first graders) that are so important for children’s development, and I use them with most of my kids!

The first are the pages that have the children draw the other half of the picture. While this seems like a “paper and pencil” task, or what we might call a visual motor skill, it also develops math skills!  The student learns symmetry, equal parts and understanding the concept of “half” as they work to finish the picture.  As well, as an OT, it helps to develop an important visual perceptual skill that we call visual closure.  Visual closure is the ability to visualize or identify a whole picture or object when only a partial representation is given. In writing, visual closure is important for spacing letters and words.  It also helps us identify an object when it is partially covered up.  For instance, when we’re looking for a particular item of clothing in a drawer or a piece of paper in a messy desk.

The second activity that I love is Connecting the Dots to copy a design.  Each square contains 12 dots that are connected in different ways by straight vertical, horizontal or diagonal lines to form a design.  Next to it, is a box of 12 dots, and the student connects the dots to form the same picture.  This is a great activity to promote visual motor coordination and visual spatial relationships.  The student gains an understanding of directional concepts such as up, down, left and right as she finds the spatial coordinates of where to start and stop her line.  She must visualize and motor plan where to start and stop and guide her pencil.  If you find your student struggles with this activity, a geoboard could be another fun way to address these skills.

Oh, and I can’t go without mentioning the visual scanning pages, too.  You know, the ones where they circle some items and cross out others?  So good for learning to move the eyes smoothly from left to right, like we do when we read.  Let’s be honest, I’d be lost without my “green” Activity Book 3!

Michelle Yoder, OTR/L

Buy Max & Alphie’s Adventures Activity Book 3 HERE!

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