This year, as we prepare for back-to-school, many therapists are asking how to create therapy kits. Many parents are wondering how to set their child up for success in hybrid schooling. Many with kiddos that will attend full or part-time online school are trying to figure out how prepare for the upcoming school year.
As a pediatric occupational therapist, I have always come up with small occupational therapy boxes or “kits” to use in practice. I love to create a themed box or bin of OT activities and use that to work on a certain set of skills.
Themed Therapy Boxes
In this upcoming school year, we will be using themed kits in our home to help my youngest learn and develop skills (handwriting, precision in cutting with scissors, reading, manipulatives and math). This was one way that I was able to hold her attention for schooling at home this past Spring, and we will continue with that strategy this school year.
Some ideas that help to hold a child’s attention and get them excited for therapy or learning include these therapy boxes based on a theme:
Each of these themed therapy bins takes a common theme and offers ways to build skills- fine motor skills, sensory exploration, and more- through play!
Having a boxed set of therapy materials allows children to explore tools that help them grow stronger as they explore and play. Kids love to “unbox” the materials and use them while they discover the therapy box materials.
It’s a great way to get kids excited about therapy this Fall when school and learning routines are out of the ordinary.
Therapy Bin Giveaway
OT for Me is a subscription box designed and created by two pediatric Occupational Therapists and is a school-based OT box for activities to enhance kids’ academics through play.
The boxes are available as a single box purchase or in a monthly subscription model so that each month, you have a new therapy box arrive at your door. What a great way to get the kids excited about building developmental skills!
When you receive your box, you will be provided with activities for fine motor development, gross motor development, sensory play and family fun to enhance opportunities for growth & development.
Check out the items in this giveaway box…add these tools to your OT sessions or at home activities:
OT for Me, is dedicated bringing families quality, hand-picked products and activities that have been tested and approved by the occupational therapy creators.
The therapy box aims to enhance kids’ individual skills and is cognizant that not all children develop at the same rate, so descriptions of the skills each product targets include strategies to make each activity harder or easier for that “just-right challenge”.
Each month, the therapy boxes are packed with new and exciting activities, meant to motivate children to “work” on developmental skills, all while having fun. Each box will always have an activity or product targeting the following 4 domains: Fine motor, Gross Motor, Sensory, & Academic/Family Fun- as well as other fun items!
Want to win a therapy box of your own?
I’m so excited to partner with Two Sparrows Learning Systems to offer a giveaway on this OT for Me Therapy Box.
How to Enter: To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below in this blog post. Answer the following question: How do you make therapy activities fun and exciting for kids?
Giveaway ends on July 31st.
Be sure to stop back each day now through August 1st to enter to win another item in the Christmas in July giveaway series!
Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to email@example.com.