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“But I’m Bored…..”

Ideas for the Family during Isolation

It’s a changing space for us all at the moment, and with the prospect of you and your children to be isolated at home in the coming weeks, we thought it was a good time to get some ideas out there for the inevitable question you will be faced with….”but, I’m bored!”.

Here are some ideas for different activities that you can incorporate into you a routine for your kids.
You might even like to have a look at our draft of a schedule, to help promote some structure.

Print this list, give the kids some ideas, let them pick from the list or even better – cut the activities out, fold them up and pop them in a jar for your child pick out an activity at random!

Happy Holidays / Home- Schooling  🙂

The Optiform Team

Memory matching (pairs)

Bubble making

Water play in the bathroom

Cooking with a parent Write a letter to a friend and walk to post it

Make playdoh



Toss the bean bag into the bucket Painting

Go for a walk


Baking with a parent Kids yoga

(videos on YouTube)

Read a book


Finger painting Hide small items in playdoh or kinetic sand, and find them again Shaving cream play on the benchtop
Go for a walk Colouring books/pictures Practice handwriting

– write the names of the people you know

Obstacle course Insect finding in the backyard

Hide & seek

Simon says Build a cubby Board games



Card games Create your own racetrack around the house

Pick up sticks

– use toothpicks


Watch a movie Colour matching

– eg. “find me 5 red things in the lounge room”

Take the dog for a walk
Play on the playground Letter stamping


– find items from the backyard, place them under the paper and gently colour over the top

Feb 2, 2020

Developing Grasp and Fine Motor Skills

By Ashleigh Dalton, Occupational Therapist


Fine motor skills assist us to perform the essential and everyday tasks of daily living.  We each develop at different rates and have varying degrees of success, particularly in the early stages!

Fine motor skills are the those that we use to coordinate the smaller movements in our
hands and fingers, feet and toes.

Difficulties with fine motor skills may be observed in behaviours such as:

  • Avoidance and/or disinterest with tasks such as writing, using cutlery, getting dressed
  • A preference for activities with whole body movement
  • Interest in ‘passive’ activities such as IT (e.g. watching TV, using an iPad, and other activities that require a basic level of fine fine motor performance)
  • Little interest in drawing
  • Difficulty when using scissors
  • Delayed preference for a dominant hand
  • Often asking others for assistance – to draw, open a packet, tie laces..
  • Not persisting in the face of a perceived challenge
  • Waiting for parents/carers to for help to get dressed, brush teeth or cut up food

Some ideas to try at home to promote grasp and fine motor skills are:

  • Play!
  • Building blocks
  • Craft activities
    • collages
    • paper mache
    • cutting and sticking
  • Games
    • Checkers, Pick-up Sticks
    • Jenga, Operation, Tumbling Monkeys
    • Card games
    • Chess
  • Puzzles
  • Lego, Duplo or other construction toys
  • Origami
  • Finger painting
  • Dressing up using clothes with buttons, press-studs, zips and shoelaces
  • Playdoh
  • Mixing ingredients or rolling out dough when helping with cooking/baking
  • Folding washing to help out at home

It is also very important to allow extra time, opportunity to make mistakes without a negative consequence and positive feedback for effort.

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