It is almost Father's Day here in Australia! We have been making origami ties and combining it with sentence writing in OT this week!
I love using origami in OT sessions as we can work on a range of skills including fine motor manipulation, bilateral coordination, sequencing steps, organisation and planning. It can be really difficult for those who have never done paper folding and do not understand how to get the edge to meet with another edge. I always suggest to parents to make paper planes at home! This is the easiest and fun way to practise paper folding skills! You can find some step-by-step paper plane instructions HERE.
With something a little more complicated like this tie, I model each step for the kids to do and help them to line up the paper.
I found this writing prompt "I love my dad because" from Beauty and Bedlam. I resized the original printable so that I could place it on one A4 page and have large lines for writing. You could also make it smaller and turn it into a card for Father's day.
WHAT KIDS SAY!
It is always amusing to read what kids write about their family! Here are some of the responses that the kids have written this week...
I love my dad because he cuddles me. (Andrew, 6 yrs)
I love my dad because he is my dad and we play together. (Michael, 7 yrs)
I love my dad because I sleep in his bed. (James, 5 yrs)
I love my dad because we play basketball together. (Will, 6 yrs)
I love my dad because we build things together. (Will, 10 yrs)
I love my dad because he is a little bit nice. (Benjamin, 5 yrs)
I love my dad because he helps me not to get in trouble with mum. (Finn, 6 yrs)
I love my dad because he looks after me. (Oliver, 5 yrs).
Wishing any fathers reading this a very Happy Father's Day!
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Hi, I'm Cindy and I am an Occupational Therapist. I enjoy working creatively with children to see them reach their potential. Read more about me here.
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