Friday, March 1, 2013

Ooey Gooey Car Wash, Sensory Play with Crafting!




Welcome! I'm sure you're visiting from the Tmuffin Ooey Gooey Activity Box Giveaway and wondering what else we did with this activity box. 

As a pediatric Occupational Therapist, I work with children on MANY things. What's an occupational therapist? Well, according to the American Occupational Therapy Association, an Occupational Therapist helps people increase their quality of life by engaging them in purposeful activitys or interventions designed to achieve functional outcomes which promote health, prevent injury or disability and which develop, improve, sustain or restore the highest possible level of independence. In kids, this means I help them when they are delayed developmentally, teach them to function optimally when have difficulty processing sensory information in their environment, even help them work on basic life skills, such as learning how to dress themselves or handwriting.

When I was looking through this box and reading through the instructions, I realized that I could TOTALLY utilize this entire activity into therapy.

The Ooey Gooey Activity Box actually is an OT kit all packaged up, pretty with a bow and everything. I can focus on so many things with my patients: tracing, cutting skills, pencil/marker grasp, utilizing a washcloth for cleaning (which can translate to bathing skills), tool use such as Popsicle sticks and spoons for stirring, which also helps with arm strengthening. The list really is ENDLESS.

However, the one thing I didn't mention above in the list is SENSORY issues.
 I always say that usually, messy play is good play. Always being perfectly clean, prim and proper is what leads to sensory issues later in life. When kids aren't allowed to fully explore their environment, it can lead to issues later down the line. There are some kids born this way, for example, children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Fragile X, or Cerebral Palsy may have sensory processing issues that prevent them from fully participating in their environments. I work with a LOT of kids that HATE getting their hands messy, be it glue, a mark from a pen, you name it- sometimes this can lead to a total meltdown, which looks to the casual observer like a tantrum

When I saw the Ooey Gooey Activity Box suggested painting on an unexpected surface such as windows, the driveway, or the bathtub, I decided that my kids that have "tactile defensiveness" would be participating in this activity. Especially since I was able to adjust the thickness and gooeyness of the paint through the amount of cornstarch we scooped into the containers. It even helps to work on index finger isolation through drawing shapes, writing our names, even using thumbprints to make flowers and trees.

Much to my surprise, as well as their parents, I did not have a single child have a meltdown during this activity. I could not take in progress pictures due to privacy issues, but here's the masterpieces we made in Occupational Therapy.




 

Have you entered the Ooey Gooey Car Wash giveaway yet? Ends 3/18 12amEST!!! So, what about it? What would you paint on? What would you paint with?

6 comments:

  1. I know my grandkids would love these! They look like fun!

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  2. This sounds like a fun activity. And you make Occupational therapist sound like a fun career, too!

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  3. What a cute idea! I love seeing other peoples creative ideas :)

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  4. This sounds like a great product, I'm glad you were successfully able to use it with your kids. Than you for sharing this review

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  5. This sounds like a great product, I'm glad you were successfully able to use it with your kids. Thank you for sharing this review.

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  6. this seems like a wonderful product am glad you was able to use it, love the art work by the way ;) @tisonlyme143 thanks for share

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