Occupational Therapy

Diane L. Vepraskas, MS, OT

dvepraskas@grafton.k12.wi.us

Christina A. Scheer, MHS, OT

cscheer@grafton.k12.wi.us

Gift Ideas For Children

Large Movement & Related Material

Hand Strengthening Ideas

Auditory & touch Items
Respiration
Fine Motor & Dramatic Play
Visual-Spatial
Games
Creative Craft Center
Catalogues

Large Movement and Related Materials

Large Therapy Ball (Abilitations , Sammon Preston Pediatrics )

Trampoline (Abilitations or Integrations)

Bean Bag Chairs (Abilitations or Therapro)

Jump-rope (Anna Banana: 101 Jump Rope Rhymes, by J. Cole or (www.geometry.net/sports/jumprope.html)

Gross motor Songs (www.kididdles.com for lyrics, www.kidsongs.com or www.kiddomusic.com)

Plastic Ballpit balls (Abilitations , Sammon Preston Pediatrics, or Southpaw Enterprises)

Rainy Day Indoor Playground with swings, chinning and trapeze bars (Abilitations , Playaway Toy Company, Inc.or Sensory Comfort)

Streamers, ribbons and scarves (Environments, Inc. or Pocket Full of Therapy, Inc., or U.S. Games)

Lyra cloth tubes

Crawling Tubes (Environments, Inc.  Integrations, or U.S. Games)

Climbing Gym (Kaplan)

Hoops (The Therapy Shoppe, Inc. or U.S. Games)

Yoga Kit For Kids: Fun and Fitness by Imaginazium

Trikes, Bikes, Scooters

Moon Shoes (Southpaw Enterprises)

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Hand Strengthening Ideas

Pop beads (Pocket Full of Therapy, Inc.)

Small pop beads (Pocket Full of Therapy, Inc.)

Flying Tops or UFO (Pocket Full of Therapy, Inc.)

Accordion Pipes or Rods (Pocket Full of Therapy, Inc.)

Zoobs (Pocket Full of Therapy, Inc.)

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Auditory and Related Material

Rhythm Band instruments (Environments, Inc., Kindermusik, MMB Music or West Music)

Band-in-a-Box

Hoops (The Therapy Shoppe, Inc. or U.S. Games)

Hap Palmer Recordings (Educational Activities, Inc. or Environments, Inc.)

 

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Touch

Therapy putty (Abilitations , Sammon Preston Pediatrics, or Therapro)

Image captor (Abilitations )

Various fun gel tactile squeeze balls (Abilitations , Pocket Full of Therapy, Inc.)

Playdough

Fidgets (Abilitations , Pocket Full of Therapy, Inc.)

Slime Products

Shaving Cream

Dress Up clothing

Tactile items in large containers (beans, wheat, rice, etc)

Cooking ingredients for favorite foods

 

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Respiration

Blopens (Magic Art & More or www.blopens.com)

Whistles (Abilitations )

Cotton Balls

Ping Pong Balls

Bubbles (Abilitations , Pocket Full of Therapy, Inc.)

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Fine Motor and Dramatic Play

Large Cardboard Blocks

Blocks in general

8 ct Water Blocks

Beads (Abilitations , Pocket Full of Therapy, Inc.)

Lacing Boards (Pocket Full of Therapy, Inc.)

Tops (Pocket Full of Therapy, Inc.)

Tongs-various types (Pocket Full of Therapy, Inc.)

Legos Sets

              Duplo

              Legos

              Lego Artic

              Lego Champion Challenge

              Lego Knight’s Challenge

              Lego Life on Mars

              Lego Racers

              Lego Star Wars

              Lego Studios

              Lego Studios, Jurassic park

              Lego Technic

              Lego T Rex Transit        

Tinker Toys

Lincoln Logs

Toober and Zots

Puppets

Potato Head

Fisher Price Dramatic Play Structures

              Pirate Ship

              Submarine

              Western Town

              Castle

              Robin Hood’s Forest

              Little People Animal Sounds Farm

              Little People Main Street

Lite Brite

             

Dinosaurs

Train Sets

              Brio Trains

              Richard Scarry’s BUSYTOWN

Dolls, Stuffed animals, Figures

Small indoor tents

Cooking items and foods

Cutting Food Box

K’NEX

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Visual-Spatial

Gearation

Colorforms

Card games

Puzzles (various types of child’s interest)

Puzzibilities (makes sounds as you put puzzle pieces in) (Abilitations )

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Games

             Cariboo (3 yr+)

             Hullabaloo (4 yr+)

             Balloon Lagoon (5 yr+)

             Cadoo (7 yr+)

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Create a Craft Center for fine motor and visual spatial skill development:

Variety of glues

Variety of paints (fingerpaints, tempera, water, tubed, glow-in-the-dark)

Paint brushes, small paint rollers, sponge or found objects 

Stamps

Construction paper, tissue paper

Crayons, various markers, colored pencils, sidewalk chalk, Craypas

Scissors (various designed edged)

Old wallpaper and wrapping paper

Glitter, sequins, and craft jewels

Ribbons, felt, fabric scraps, and buttons

Cardboard items (toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, oatmeal cylinders, shoe boxes)

Stickers of all varieties and stars

Yarn and string

Cotton balls

Styrofoam pieces

Cupcake liners, coffee filters

Magazines

Small Plastic containers (clean Jello, yogurt, and margarine cups)

Seasonal supplies from around the yard such as flower petals, acorns, leaves, etc.

Iron-on Velcro strips

Noodles and pasta shapes

Cereal

Dried beans, seeds, nuts, rice

Puff balls that stick just by touching them with water

 

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Disclaimer: Neither Diane Vepraskas, OT, or Grafton School District attests to the accuracy of the information found at any of these sites, nor necessarily endorse any product mentioned or position taken.  These links are provided solely for convenience.

Updated: 4-6-08

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