You may have seen your child’s occupational therapist (OT) using a tool that looks like a chunk of clay during your child’s therapy sessions and wondered, “What is that?!” This tool, called theraputty, is a resistant play dough that works on strengthening the small muscles of the hands and fingers. Theraputty can be used in a variety of ways to improve hand strength, while also being highly motivating for children.
Ways to Use Theraputty to Develop Hand Strength:
- Hide marbles or buttons in the putty, and have your child go on a treasure hunt to find the items.
- After your child finds the objects in the putty, have him hide them in the putty and give the putty to a sibling to go on a treasure hunt.
- Hide coins in the putty. What your child finds, he can keep!
- Hide game pieces in putty (i.e. Checkers pieces, pawns for Sorry!) before family game night. Your child has to find the pieces in order to play the game.