CAPTURE THE EYEBALLS!
This simple activity has turned out to be a fan favorite. I got these “eyeballs,” which are pretty much like ping pong balls, from Dollar Tree a few years back. You could definitely make your own if you want. It turns out that they are perfect for catching with my beloved bubble tongs. Lucky for me! I use these (hyperlink) a lot in therapy and they always seem to find their way into my sensory bins.
Use the tongs to capture the eyeballs and release them into a container. So easy, but so fun and easy to adapt to work on a variety of skills.
I have used this activity with my little ones working on beginning scissor skills to learn the “open/close” motor pattern, but it has really been a hit with my older kids. It’s been a super motivating activity to play while on all fours, particularly with my patients who are weaker on one side. It allows them to bear weight through the weaker side while using the bubble tongs with their dominant hand. I have some Halloween themed cups nearby for them to put the eyeballs in after scooping them up with the bubble tongs. I can move the cups around as needed to facilitate weight shifting, extension with reaching, etc. To get in more movement and visual skills, you could “hide” the eyeballs around the room and have them search for them or spread them out and have them ride a scooter board around to find them. I hope this activity is motivating for your kiddos, too! Happy eyeball hunting : )