I wanted to share what was in my basket in our latest buy up. (Click on the images for links straight to Kmart – not affiliated, just for ease)
We have just purchased a new range of jigsaw puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles are versatile for many goals and ages of development. Start with big shapes with a theme to develop vocabulary and fine motor skills. You can then build to more advanced puzzles with smaller pieces to develop descriptive vocabulary and visual-spatial skills. Depending on goals I like to hide puzzle pieces around the room and target prepositions or descriptive vocabulary while giving instructions. When it comes to storage, these containers are perfect for smaller puzzle boards. They keep the pieces in check.
These early jigsaws are great for little fingers.
Kmart has a few ranging from Farm to Jungle to City.
Everything is better with sequins. I love these mixed sequins packs – they have snowflakes for winter work, leaves for trees when you have drawn a tree trunk worth of articulation targets and the pretty sequins can decorate a fairy or robot (buttons and nuts). You can even dole them out one at a time. They put a little pizazz into my therapy.
Right next to the sequins were packs of feathers, googly eyes and pom-poms. I use these in my invitation to play scenes and for craft mixed in with my therapy activities. It is crazy how hard some children will work for the extra bling on their page. It is also a great way to build their imagination. A pom pom could be a dinosaur egg, a bowl of food, or a seat for a fairy.
There are brushes with easy grips, sponges and chubby brushes.
We also picked up some cool paint pots and easy clean brush wells.
These are only a few of the options available.