Therapy Activities

Therapy Activities


& PhysicalTherapy

SuggestionsFor The Summer….

A safety reminder:

While all the activities included in this packet may be beneficial to most children, consideration must be given to the age and skill level for each child. Also, some of the provided suggestions should only be done under strict adult supervision and/or with precautions (ie: knee pads &helmets when rollerblading, etc)


Keep up the great work!

Debbie Kilgore (OT)

Playground, Backyard or Park

  1. Merry go round

  1. Slide

A: Climbing up ladder

B: Sliding down

C: Climb up the slide (if you feel comfortable with this)

  1. Swing or Hammock

  1. Balance beam or walking on a curb or log (can incorporate more challenging activities, i.e.: catching/throwing at a target, popping bubbles, walking forwards, sideways or backwards)

  1. Jungle gym or monkey bars – either try to alternate hands to go one at a time, or just see how long you can hang

  1. Sand boxes:

A: find toys or objects hidden in the sand

B: see Beach

  1. Suspended Bridges

  1. Sidewalk chalk

  1. Hopscotch

  1. Jumping rope; can use a hula hoop to start.

Snake jumps: wiggle rope and have child jump over

  1. Squirt Guns

A: Super soakers


Aim at a wall or squirt a balloon floating

C: Draw shapes or letters on all wall with the water squirted out

  1. Climb a tree or climb up a rope

  1. Walk on top of tires

  1. Fly a kite

  1. Hippity Hop

  1. Walk along stepping stones

Sports or Relays

  1. Roller lading or Roller skating

  1. Badmitton

  1. Volleyball with beach ball or balloon

  1. Wheelbarrow walk or crab walk relays

  1. Tug of War (can also be done with coffee stirrers or straws to increase finger strength)

  1. Jumping relays with objects between knees (balloon, small soft ball)

  1. Carrying water or small objects on a spoon to place in a cup a few yards away

  1. Obstacle courses….go under, around, in/out of things

  1. Walking/crawling through random size cardboard boxes

  1. Ring toss/horseshoes

  1. Pushing or pulling each other in a wagon or try a cardboard box

  1. Karate

  1. Gym class/Rock climbing

  1. Swim class

  1. Riding a bicycle


  1. Gardening (digging, pulling weeds, watering with a watering can)

  1. Water potted plants with a squirt bottle

  1. Laundry

A: carrying a basket of clothes

B: sorting clothes

C: hanging clothes on the clothesline with spring clothespins or trying toput them on a hanger

D: Folding laundry; fasten buttons, zippers, fold socks

E: Put clothes away

4. Dishes

A: Washing and drying dishes; wringing washcloth

B: Make letters/shapes when squeezing liquidsoap

C: Sorting dishes/silverware when unloadingdishwasher

  1. Tearing up junk mail before recycling

  1. Polishing furniture with a spray cleaner such as Pledge

  1. Washing window

  1. Cooking activities such as peeling fruits and vegetables, ripping lettuce, shucking corn on the cob, making meatballs, kneading pizza or bread dough, making cookies, stirring/mixing activities

  1. Cleaning up room by having child put away all objects that fit in a certain category, such as by shape, color, type of toy

  1. Vacuuming/sweeping

  1. Practice lacing shoes, sorting shoes where they are kept

Rainy Days

  1. Writing in various mediums such as salt, corn meal dry rice, finger paint, pudding, dishwashing liquid or shaving cream on a plastic tray

  1. Making letters out of things such as play doh, yarn, pipe cleaners, small manipulatives, beans, wikki stix, straws

  1. Sponge painting t-shirts, craft activities, use a hole puncher and make something with the holes

  1. Stringing necklaces or cereal, beads, painted macaroni, pop beads

  1. Table hockey by flicking coins, ping pong balls, or cotton balls into a cup

  1. Finger/hand games such as patty cake, snapping, itsy bitsy spider, using fingers to count, sign language alphabet, using one finger on each hand to type on the computer

  1. Picking up objects with tweezers, tongs or strawberry hullers (marshmallows, cereal, etc) Anything involving pinch or grasp

  1. Twister

  1. Fishing game (can be done while standing on pillows or balance beam to work on balance as well)

  1. Walking on old couch cushions or mattress

  1. Concentration game (can also make your own cards using shapes, colors, letters, etc)

  1. Card games such as Go Fish, War, UNO

  1. Puzzles or Crafts

  1. Mazes, Dot to Dots, Tic Tac Toe

  1. Wooden tops, Doodle tops

  1. Jacks

  2. Pop Beads (can work on patterns)

  1. Practice cutting (can cut coupons from sale papers) or help wrap gifts (rip tape, tape to package, etc)

Other ideas, wherever,whenever!

  1. Stuff envelopes, put stamps on them or a post card

  1. Knee walking (simple obstacle course, or down length of hallway)

  1. Half kneeling (have child reach for bubbles or clap them, have a catch, pick up items from the floor, draw on an easel or on a vertical surface)

  1. Simon Says or obstacle course

  1. Wall push ups (stand in front of wall, arms length away, lean toward wall and push yourself away)

  1. Forearm weight bearing (lie on stomach, weight bear on elbows/forearms (elbows under your shoulders) while watching a movie, doing puzzles or reading a book)

  1. Activities on a vertical surface-painting, stickers on paper, drawing, window clings, magnets on refrigerator, fun tack)

  1. Flashlight games-child can trace a line, maze, rainbow drawn on wall or paper. With 2 flashlights, can play flashlight tag. You can also use a pen light.

  1. Upright vertical games-Connect Four, Lite Brite, Battleship

  1. Balloon racquet ball

  1. Soup can push ups-hold soup can in each hand, push from ears to straight up in the air in a controlled manner. You can also lie on the floor, on your back and push from shoulders to ceiling as well. Please be careful!

  1. Practice handwriting, coloring, etc. Make a card or picture. Write in a journal

At TheBeach, Lake or Pool

a. Finding and picking them up

b. Making shapes and letters

c. Sorting by color or shape

10.Walking through water against the tide, jump while in water

11. Fishing

a. baiting hook or fly tying-use your discretion

b. casting and catching fish

c. reeling in fish

12. Swimming

  1. Burying body in sand

  1. Water Slides, diving board

  1. Kick while hanging on side of pool or kick board

  1. Pull ups at side of pool

  1. Pull a wagon full of your things

  2. Carry small buckets of water to your blanket or towel

  3. Pour water from one container to a smaller container

  4. Dig in the sand; fill a sand pail; bury someone’s feet!

  5. Paint large shells with water color paints; decorate with glue and smaller shells or gems; write a message on it with a Sharpie

  6. Play a paddle game or have a catch

  7. Fly a kite

  8. Paint with water on cement using large paint brushes or squirt bottles

  9. Try to set up or fold up your towel

  10. In the car, play the alphabet game. Look for letters of the alphabet in order from A-Z while passing signs

  11. Play a card game or sort cards by suit or number

  12. Open up a snack by yourself

  13. Write someone a post card using your best handwriting

  14. Draw a person or house, or use objects to create one (sticks, shells, “paint with water”)

  15. Go to an amusement park and try something new

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