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Wood Crafts

Wood crafts are typically more expensive, but can be fairly cheep if you look at budget or surplus craft stores. Because of the added cost, these projects should be used more conservatively. A wood craft works well for addressing cognitive skills such as planning, sequencing, and following directions. The sanding involved also provides tactile and proprioceptive input. Painting the project will provide an opportunity for educational tool use.

Grading the Activity:
  • Decide if you want the child to follow a pattern you create or if you want the child to plan the project and stick to his plan.
  • Control the amount of sanding that is required. Consider what sanding is doing for the child during this activity. Is sanding primarily providing a resistive proprioceptive sensory input or is sanding being used as a way to work on slowing down and following directions? Different grades of sandpaper can also be used. A finer paper offers less resistance while a coarser paper offers more.
  • By selecting the size of the brush, you can also control the time and fine motor skills the child needs to complete the project. A large brush will allow the child to paint the project quickly but will limit fine detail. A smaller brush may be good if the child is working on filling in the entire space when coloring.

Skills:

  • Following directions
  • Planning
  • Organizing
  • Sequencing
  • Educational Tool Use
  • Proprioceptive and resistive input