Play a quick game of “Blow the Sheep Out of the Pen”.
Gather up some straws, cotton balls and a hula hoop.
Throw a handful of cotton balls into the hula hoop placed on the floor.
Then have your child use a straw to blow the “sheep” (cotton balls) out of their “pen”.
Expand on this fun and add additional challenges. There are lots of variations to this activity:
Change Up the Blowers
- Skinny Straws
- Fat Straws
- Curly Straws
- Cardboard tubes from paper towels, toilet paper, or wrapping paper.
Each of these options provide a unique sensation and require different amounts of effort.
Give the Sheep a New Pen
Our occupational therapist gave us a very simplistic illustration of a pen to use so you can simply draw out your pen on a large piece of paper. Get creative! We found the trampoline, the table, and chairs to be fun too.
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
Race those little sheep! Get a small group together and see who can get their sheep out of the pen the fastest!
With a little imagination and a few inexpensive materials, you’ll be on your way to some fantastic oral-motor input!