Here is a fun idea to celebrate occupational therapy month this April. Have you heard of the hit television show Minute to Win It on NBC? Basically, the contestants are given challenges that they must complete in 60 seconds. The challenges usually involve sensory motor skills of varying degrees of difficulties. The materials for the challenges are common household items. Why not have your very own Occupational Therapy Minute to Win It challenges? You can vary the challenges to reflect different areas of occupational therapy. Have some prizes on hand for your contestants. Our local school is doing a fund raiser with Minute to Win It and charging admission to the show. Why not try and raise some money for occupational therapy supplies or your favorite charity. You can view all the "blue prints" (basically the directions for the challenges) at the Minute to Win It website .
Here are some ideas specific to occupational therapy1. Fine Motor Challenges
How high can you build a tower of marshmallows and toothpicks in one one minute? How many paper clips can you chain together in one minute? How many coins can you flip over from heads to tails in one minute? How many stacks of 10 pennies can you build in one minute?
2. Sensory Challenges
From the show - unroll two rolls of toilet paper and wrap it around yourself in under one minute How many times can you push a therapy ball through a tunnel in one minute?
3. Activities of Daily Living Challenges
How many times can you tie and untie your shoe in one minute? How many times can you put on and take off your coat completely in one minute?
You get the idea. Vary the challenges as necessary based on the motor skills of the children at your school. And, if you still don't get it, visit the Minute to Win It website for loads of ideas! Have fun.