Happy Halloween! In honor of the special day, here are some OT and Speech-approved Halloween activities to try!
Spooky Spider Web
A fun Halloween-themed activity to work on fine motor and visual skills! This activity promotes fine motor skills, such as hand strength and dexterity, bilateral coordination, visual scanning, and hand-eye coordination.
You will need:
Shoelace or string
Using a paper plate, have your child draw a bug or “spider snack” on the center of the paper plate. Using a single-hole punch, punch 6-8 holes around the outside of the paper plate. Number the holes at random, and have your child use a string or shoelace to follow the numbers and lace cross the plate, “catching” the bug in the spider web. Make sure that your child is using both hands during this activity and holding the plate with one hand and the string with the other. Your child may need assistance holding the plate, holding/lacing the string, or scanning to find the numbers.
Mr. Pumpkin Head
A fun Halloween-version of Mr. Potato Head to work on speech and language areas such as parts of the face (eyes, mouth, nose, hair), spatial concepts (big, small, above, below, top, bottom, middle), and asking questions (“what piece would you like next?” or “who needs a nose?”)
You will need:
Pumpkin or pumpkin drawing
Tape or Velcro
On paper, make a variety of facial features (noses, mouths, eyes, hair, ears, etc.) Be sure to make facial features that might indicate happy, sad, or angry, as well as features that are big and small. Cut out the parts of the face and get creative!
With the pumpkins, work together to make faces for the pumpkins, using tape or Velcro to affix the parts of the face to the pumpkin. Be sure to talk about the parts of the face and ask 'W' questions like, “Where do you want to put the mouth?” “Which piece should we use next?” and “What does your pumpkin still need?”