To increase participation in activities at the sandbox, attach foam to the
handles of plastic flour scoops and enable students with limited grasp to
dig or move sand independently. To increase student participation in
activities involving playdoh or clay, add foam to the handle of a plastic
Moving targets are hard to grab! Help students with limited grasp or fine motor skills play with wheeled toys by gluing raised knobs to mobile cars,
trucks and airplanes. Try the wooden candle cup holders sold at most hobby
To increase participation in cooperative play, convert a cookie sheet into
an accessible board game. Adhere colorful electrician's tape to the sheet
and create a grid for tic-tac-toe. Play the game using magnetic X's
and O's or glue magnets to poker chips to create your own pieces.
Add plastic loops to the poker chips to assist students with decreased
fine motor skills. Adapt simple puzzles by attaching magnetic tape to
individual pieces to help students slide pieces together.
If students can gasp a magnetic wand, then they can participate in a
variety of play activities. Simply attach pieces of magnetic tape onto
toys such as cars, trucks, boats etc. Students can then drive the vehicles
with a magnetic wand or magnet attached to a splint or handcuff.
Hairbrush Card Holders
Increase the ability of students to participate in card games by using a
hairbrush as a cardholder. Students can forget about the struggle to hold
cards and focus on Old Maid, Go Fish or even Crazy 8's! For more
support, use Velcro to secure the hairbrush to a non-skid placement.
students play independently, attach toys to a plastic or rubber placemat
with thin strands of elastic. If a toy happens to fall off the mat,
students with limited fine motor skills can scoop the elastic bands and
bring the toy back to the playing surface. Attach cookie cutters,
mini-rolling pins and plastic pizza cutter to create a play mat compatible
with clay and playdoh tasks.
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