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VAKTivities for Motor Practice
VAKTivity: A Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic and/or Tactile Activity.
These activities act as supplements to spelling to communicate, to help build your purposeful motor capacity! Use your senses to explore, learn and have fun with these activities! Some VAKTivities result in accomplishing something (with PRIDE) or just simply DOING something, rather than doing nothing.
SPELLERS, THESE ARE FOR YOU!
How will you challenge your motor next? There are activities here for Littles through to Adult spellers.
Make a protective face mask from an old t-shirt! Brought to you by a lovely & talented S2C supermom, Mindy Ulrich Chiou!
Auditory Sensory Learning Activities
Guess the sounds (remember to hide the computer monitor from the person guessing!):
Music for Productivity! (does it work?)
Visual Sensory Activities
Drop & watch bouncy balls in a closed space - but don’t move!
Watch Table Tennis human v robot (this gets intense but there are lots of breaks - turn off music if it’s overstimulating)
Ocular Motor Exercise (Tip, best done on largest screen, keeping head still. This can be very fatiguing - start with very short viewing intervals.)
Oral Motor Activities
Blow on these: feathers, sequins, glitter (the mess is the motivator!)
Joe Wicks, The Body Coach:
Making Science Make Sense Cool science experiments!
Ingredients listed on youtube page; remember: fun objects to be dropped into the soap don’t have to be children’s toys (why not a Led Zeppelin sticker?)
Fine Motor Tweezer games: Move items into different pots, Pick items out of slime
Pick items out of water, Put items into a pattern, Put beads into a bottle
Creative Drawing Hacks for Kids - Ideal for Fine Motor/Planning difficulties
Paris Museums Put 100,000 Images Online for Unrestricted Public Use - inspect the works for recurring objects or themes (i.e. look for fruit, a flag...)
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems New episodes posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.
Learn how to use a GPS and Go Geocaching in your 'hood! (take gloves if you worry about contact!)
Postcrossing - Send a postcard around the world
Here are some more VAKTivities to work on with a communication and/or regulation partner at home
Think of a good theme and create your own word search for friends to try.
Learn to sew by hand
Scavenger hunts (do a hunt designed for you or create one for your family!)
Listen to podcasts
Grooming your Pet: brushing/washing
Design and/or complete obstacle courses made of stuff in your house
Start a gratitude journal
Join a PenPal Club ($10 “one time only” fee)
Crank the tunes and have a dance party
Compose and mail letters or postcards
Research your next holiday!
Nature walks - document your finds on film
Learn something new from YouTube (i.e. check out videos about automobile operations by Automotive Basic Knowledge)
Research something that has always interested you.
Want to be even more productive at home? Here’s more useful VAKT-ivities to tackle with a trusted partner!
Collaborate in making your daily schedule for each week that you are home.
Learn to set clocks and timers for your personal scheduling reminders (typers can use their own voice commands for Siri with text-to-speech)
Mending clothes (even cooler - use patches!)
Make up a bed (or just learn a step at a time: changing pillow cases;straightening out a bedspread)
Clean a spill
Sort laundry (by colour)
Compose an old-fashioned letter to someone who really needs it right now (not fluent? a family member can write the letter), then practice folding a letter in thirds & insert into an envelope
Trace letters or designs
Purge/Pack small-fitting clothing and shoes to donate
Separate recycling from organic & garbage
Shaving. This might be “handy” to use with electric shavers.
Wash your sneakers
Create a weekly meal plan
Review your meal plan and make a shopping list
Pack your own snack box for each day (caution: if you eat everything at once, you’ll have none left!)
Follow a recipe to bake or cook
Unplug and clean the toaster (did you know there’s a crumb tray?)
Pay a bill online
Count money in your savings jar/piggy bank, then...
Take some of those savings and order something online!
Make a budget
Open a bank account online
Check oil, washer fluid in car
Reading labels for cleaning care (laundry)
Mat and frame a piece of your art (and hanging it if that’s an option!)
Learn to use household tools (corkscrew, screwdriver, level, plunger, can opener, shoe horn)
Pick a closet or room in the house with a lot of your old stuff in it and de-clutter!
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