OT Activities 


-brushing varied brushes, textures, drawing with chalk on the body, and erasing with varied textures
-massage- varied oils, powders
-sensory play- water, sand, corn meal, finger paint, play doh, clay
-tactile discrimination activities- retrieving objects from closed box or hidden in rice, beans etc.
-face and body painting
-bubble baths
-body tattoos- tattoo/stickers on body parts



-swinging- toddler, sling, platform, hammock, inner tube, trapeze
-jumping- pillows, trampoline, rebounder
-Bouncing- on large ball, on pillows
-rolling- in barrel, rolling up in blanket, rolling on large ball
-spinning- on chair with wheels, sit n spin toy
-rocking- rocking horse, rocking chair
-hanging upside down- off couch, off lap, from monkey bars, from trapeze bars
-climbing- on playground equipment, on designated furniture
-wheeled toys- roller blades/roller blades, wagons, trikes, scooters
-riding on moving equipment- car, elevator, water bed, chair on wheels
-playground equipment- slides, teeter totter, merry-go-round
gross motor games- catch, soccer, basketball, tag, ball hockey, hopscotch



-rough and tumble play- play wrestling
-tug of war- rope or fabric
-crawling- through tunnels and boxes
-stair climbing- bumping down stairs
-pulling/pushing- weighted cart, wagon or buggy
-catching- throwing heavy weighted ball
-wheelbarrow walking
-scooter board activities
-hitting a punching bags
-pulling apart resistant toys/objects
-squishing between pillows
-squeezing stress balls
-joint compressions
-heavy exercise- push ups, sit ups
-pounding/rolling out large play doh
-hanging from trapeze
-gross motor activities-obstacle courses, stretching and toning exercises



-slow rocking, rocking chair, lap, sitting, prone
-slow/linear swinging
-vibration- pillow/toy
-deep pressure massage
-joint compressions
-snuggling- in a sleeping bag, in bean bag chair, in large pillows
-weighted vest or collar
-lycra spandex clothing
-rythms-repetitionof slow, strong rhythms (song or Rhymes)
-heavy lifting/carrying/pushing/pulling
-warm bath
-stress balls
-chewing- gum, fruit rollup, beef jerky, bungee cord, tubing
-sucking- candy, curly straws
-hide-out/quiet corner- with large pillows



-fast spinning
-spinning on a chair, sit-n spin
-quick bouncing- on ball/lap
-wheeled toys- quick ride on wagon,trike
-chewing ice chips
-sucking-popsicles, frozen grapes,sour candy
-drinking ice water
-cold water play
-playing loud musical instruments
-cause and effect sound and light toy


Sensory Play
There are so many ways to help your child with his Sensory Processing Disorder that can be fun! 

Texture Play
Get plastic containers large enough to let a child play in it and filled them up with things like pasta, rice, oatmeal, beans, etc. In each container, keep some plastic spoons and plastic measuring cups for scooping and playing. Be Careful it can be messy!

Finger Paint
Its so much fun to squeeze the paint in our fingers and be messy!! Paint a picture together, just you and your child. It's best to purchase paints that are washable.

Clay Play
Play with clay or Play-Doh. Let your child squish and squeeze and cover his hands.... take out rolling pin, cookie cutters ect. (see how to make play dough below)

 Water Play
Let your child play in a backyard pool, public pool,  let him take a container of water outside to play with or you could let your child help you wash your pets/car or do the dishes with you.


Give your child a gentle massage. Massage your child's head run your fingers through there hair if he has trouble getting his hair brushed or washed. Tickle your child's face, back or legs. Use creams/lotions and gels with different scents to no scents. Purchase feathers or a few brushes that feel different in textures that your child likes. My child for example like to be touches with one of those cooking brushes made of silicone to rub over her skin.

Sensory Activities  


Cloud Dough Recipe

What do you need to make Cloud Dough?

-8 cups of Flour
-1 cup of baby oil

How do you make Cloud Dough?

Mix the flour and baby oil together with your hands in a large container until the dough holds together when squeezed. It could take 3-5 minutes of mixing

Home Made Flubber  

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 cups Elmer white glue
food coloring •1 1/3 cups warm water
3 teaspoons borax

1.In one container mix 1 1/2 cups warm water, white glue and a few drops of food coloring.
2.In a second container mix 1 1/3 cups of warm water and Borax.
3.Mix the Borax mixture into the glue mixture until combined. (may be some liquid in bottom of container).
4.Place flubber on a tray and let stand for a few minutes before playing with it!
5.Store in air tight container.

Home Made Moon Sand 

Mix together:
4 cups sand
2 cups corn flour
1 cup of water

Home Made Finger Paint


What do you need to make finger paints?

Food coloring
Plastic cups


How do you make finger paints?

Add 2 T of sugar into a sauce pan.

Add 1/3 cup of flour to the saucepan as well

Mix with 2 cups of water and whisk until smooth. Turn on the heat and stir continually until the mixture thickens

Pour into your plastic cups equally. You'll one cup for every color of paint you'd like to make.

Mix in a couple drops of food coloring and stir until completely dissolved. Let cool completely

 Rainbow Shaving Cream Bath Paints

What you'll need:

foaming shaving cream - I got the stuff for sensitive skin
food colouring
container - I used a silicone muffin pan and it was beyond perfect
paint brushes

How to make it:

1. squirt some foaming shaving cream in each of the 6 compartments of your muffin tin
2. add food colouring to each one to make whatever colours you want - I did rainbow colours. Mix them up well.
3. give to your kiddo in the tub and let them have a blast!

 Whip Cream Paints

Use whipped cream to make an edible paint for your kids. They can get very messy and its safe, even for babies

What do you need to make it?

electric mixer
1 cup whipped cream (the whip-your-own kind that comes in a carton)
food coloring

How do you make it?

Put 1 cup of whipped cream in a mixing bowl and mix with electric mixer. Add food coloring until you have the desired color. Paint and have fun!