Mouthwash Fun

14 Oct

Hello there! Today I’m sharing an activity I learned from the first placed I worked as an OT. It’s a great activity, cheap, re-useable, and fun!

Supplies: ACT Mouthwash for kids (or any kind that has the capability of squeezing only a certain amount into the top), and a container.

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Have the child squeeze the bottle to fill the top of the bottle with mouthwash. You can have the child use both hands, or just his dominant hand, depending on current strength and end goal. Talk to the child about grading the amount of force used to squeeze the bottle so there is no spillage. It’s fun to watch the level of the mouthwash change if too much is squeezed. This can teach the child how to control and grade their hand strength.

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Next step is pour into a container. You can have them pour into a large container, small container, various containers, etc. depending on their goals. It’s a great activity to work towards the skill of being able to pour their own milk, juice, etc. You could even use dixie cups labeled with their name or phone number to work on sequencing.

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Have the child do as many repetitions of this as possible to increase hand strength. Sometimes making a fill line, or using small containers to try to fill them up is some good motivation!

Once full, to put the fluid back in the bottle, all you do is turn it upside down and squeeze some more! The bottle will refill itself! It does take a little bit of work from the therapist at the end to get all of the liquid back into the bottle.

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Other things to discuss during the activity could include: what is mouth wash used for, using mouth wash at home, counting the number of seconds the child can squeeze in a row, adding food coloring to the liquid to change the color, etc.

It helps that Sponge Bob is on the front too… 🙂

Have fun!
~Amy

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One Response to “Mouthwash Fun”

  1. TheOTSIProject October 15, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    Reblogged this on THE OT-SI PROJECT and commented:
    DIY Kid’s Sensory Activity. Fun and functional play!

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