Letter formation for kids who love cars!

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Our occupational therapists love finding fun, new ways to practise writing letters. So we were thrilled when we stumbled upon this $2 printed tape in Kmart this week!

Check out this quick vlog that shows one of our occupational therapists, Christine Boers, demonstrating how we might use this tape to help kids who are having difficulty learning how to write letters.

We’ve loved coming up with 3 extra ways you could use this tape at home. Feel free to let us know on our facebook page if you’ve thought of some more!

  1. Use 2 strips of tape to create a racing strip. Get 2 straws and 2 pom poms and have a race to see who can blow the pom pom the fastest/who can stay on the road! Activities that involve the mouth and focus on our breathing can be beneficial for kids who need help with self regulation.
  2. Create a rectangular road on a large piece of cardboard (straight lines are much easier to make with tape than curved lines!) and help your child make a little town. You could help them start by giving them toys that would fit easily, like cars, a toy house, street signs, trees etc. Also provide them with some everyday objects so that they can use their imagination and see what they come up with! Try not to overwhelm them with too many options at first – maybe a box, some play dough and some paddle pop sticks to start with? If they seem stuck, you could give some help by saying things like “I wonder what these paddle pop sticks could be… what might go on a road? or “What could we pretend this box is if we put it here?”.
  3. Create a car ramp together! Include your child in the creation process (if your child is too young, find little things that they’re able to do to contribute i.e. pat the tape down, pull on the tape once you’ve started if off). You could use a shoe box and an extra piece of cardboard by turning the box upside down, running the tape along the base and onto the other piece of cardboard. Or you could find some bigger boxes, use a table and pieces of cardboard taped together… see what your child comes up with! Be there to provide help, but don’t jump in to quickly. Getting (a little bit) frustrated is important in developing problem solving skills! We can start by guiding them to come up with a new plan. You could try saying “Hmm… It looks like you’re a bit frustrated that the ramp collapses when you drive a car over it. I wonder what could make it stronger? Where could we try adding more tape?” Or “I wonder what would be stronger, folded paper or this piece of cardboard?”.

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