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backyard therapy: catch, count, sort the fishies

Posted May 02 2011 12:00am
Catch, Count, Sort the Fishies 


  • Multicolored foam fishy shapes
  • Laminated solid colored paper (I should have used blue for water) or a solid colored tray.  It is important for Trevor (who is ADHD hence extraordinarily distractable) for the "pond" to be a solid (read: not busy) color.  This helps him stay focused on the task at hand rather than asking "i(short i)sss" (what's this) for every single thing. 
  • Chopstix - fishing pole 
  • String - attach to pole as your fishing line
  • Small magnet - tie this onto the end of the pole as your Fishie bait 
  • Stapler - I found I needed to add at least four staples per Fishie to help Trevy catch them
  • Sibling (if available. if not try bribing a friend's :) - to help with all the assembly.  This is a two-fold benefit.  Less work for me.  And Heart Shaping for them. 
  • A quiet place and a peer model to demonstrate.  I just so happen to have given birth to a couple peer models for Trevy.  They come in very handy for just this sort of thing too.   

  • Targets:
    • Fine Motor development
    • Color Reconition
    • Counting Skills 
    • Sorting 
    • Receptive & Expressive Language development.  "Catch the green Fishy" - promotes receptive speech.  "What color Fishy did you catch?" - promotes expressive speech
    Trevy FYI:
    • We have introduced the concept of colors but he doesn't seem to understand yet.  Abstract ideas will come more slowly for him. 
    • We have also introduced the idea of counting.  Again...he doesn't quite get it.  When I ask him to count such n' such he will say "twwwo".  So the idea is in there....

    We started by having Bristel demonstrate how to catch a Fishy.

    Trevy then had his turn; however, it is impossible to snap pictures without an extra set of hands. Mine are busy Hand Over Handing with him. 

     I originally had just one staple per Fishy. It worked for the peer model.  In fact, she was a Fishy catching shark.

    Trevy...not so much.  

    I quickly realized it was too challenging for his current fine motor skills (20-24 months).  So I immediately improvised and added four staples to each fish. 

    I think this would have given him more success.  And more success would have prompted a longer (than 60 seconds) attention span.  However, between the failed first attempt and the time it took to improvise...

    Trevy ghosted outta the room onto Daddy's (Sunday napping) lap.  Where he flashed me cheeky grins without budging every time I asked him to come try again.    

    Oh well...

    maybe you'll have more luck?! 

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