Who knew that simple buttons and Velcro would work magic for visual tracking and tactile experiences.
I love simple and cheap therapy activities, especially if I can put them together myself in less than 15 minutes.
I’m working on Parker’s visual tracking. He’s pretty good at tracking horizontally. Vertically he kinda finds it to be too much effort to to follow an object. Totally typical Hodson boy. But this skill is necessary to move up the sensory pyramid.
In order to kill THREE birds with one stone, this activity also works fine motor, gives positive sensory input AND helps a kid track.
You can’t see me over the computer, but I’m actually taking a bow. heh.
I grabbed the buttons and Velcro at WalMart. The buttons were less than $2.00 per package. The strips of Velcro were also pretty cheap, however those dots were a but ridiculous in price. Velcro is high on my yard sale seeking list this summer. All together this activity cost less than $10.00 though, with Velcro left over.
Cut a strip of Velcro, add Velcro dots the back of your buttons, stick them on your strip of Velcro……and that’s it.
The object is to use a pincher grasp to pull of each button as your kid simultaneously tracks from left to right (the way we read) or left to right (just for fun) or up and down.
Right here is where I just have a picture of Parker visually tracking and showing off his pincer grip as he pulls off each button. Instead he’s riding around on his big brothers’ shoulders swinging his oxygen tubing like a lasso.
You win some……you wish your older sons would grow up some. What can I say?
Try this activity out! You can use smaller buttons to make it more challenging. Or you can just barely Velcro the buttons on to make it easier. It’s pretty versatile! Come back and let me know what you think.
What kind of activities do you do with your child to encourage them to track with their eyes both horizontally and vertically?