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Early in my school-based OT career, I learned a very important lesson: always make friends with the kindergarten teachers. First of all, they’re awesome (you have to be awesome if you can maintain your sanity in a room with twenty five 5-year-olds all day).
Second of all, they’re always giving away fabulous (and usually really strange and random) supplies to clear out the clutter in their rooms. And they always think of you first, dropping off all kinds of interesting things in the OT room…like a big bag full of wiffle practice golf balls for instance.
It took me a few weeks to figure out what I was going to do with these beauties. But I finally realized that wiffle practice golf balls + pipe cleaners = a match made in heaven!
Set these materials out for your kiddos and let them go wild!
–Weaving the pipe cleaners in and out of the holes is an awesome fine motor and visual motor challenge.
-Or, for younger kids, twist several pipe cleaners together to make a long string. Then, simply have the child thread the wiffle balls onto the string like beads!
-Pipe cleaners also make great hair for little wiffle ball faces! Cut the pipe cleaners into smaller pieces, weaving them in and out of the holes at one end of the wiffle ball, leaving them sticking up like spiky hair! Add some googly eyes and a pipe cleaner mouth to finish!
What other great ideas can you come up with for playing with these fun little wiffle balls?
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