do not spill the pasta

My OT and I have been doing blindfold tactile activities to increase tactile awareness for ADL tasks in the kitchen.

 

Today I invented this game

you need
some dry beans or pasta
a blanket
a container
kitchen tools like spoons or serving spoons or thongs
a blindfold

how to play:
Spread a blanket across the living room floor. Place a container at one end, and at the other a pile of dry pasta. Give some one a kitchen tool and blindfold then spin them around if you want to disoriented them. (it might be more fun if the person is given the tool, while blind so they so they have to feel it is discover how best to use it). They have to pick up the pasta with the kitchen tool and crawl to the other end of the blanket and empty the pasta in the bowl and crawl back still blind and start again until they have moved all the pasta. if they spill along the way, they can retrieve the pasta and put it in the container as long as they don’t remove the blindfold. See if they can tell when they have a spill, without seeing. To increase the confusion, keep spinning them around at each end of the blanket. For beginners let them crawl with a bowl and let them use their hands to pick up the pasta and place in bowl.

For this game the blindfold helps to increase tactile awareness which is important for kitchen tasks.

a similar game people play at parties is cotton ball pickup, where you spread out cotton balls and blindfold someone who has to pick them up and place them in a bowl, using a spoon. see http://parentingteens.about.com/od/birthdays/qt/partygames51.htm

sometimes the player has to hold the container above their head. Or try cotton ball transfer another game where one must spoon cotton balls from one bowl to the other while blindfolded. Because cotton balls are lighter they would be harder to feel on the spoon.

 

The other blindfold game I invited today was to do with using both hands. I got some dry beans and dry pasta and put them in a bowl, I then blindfolded myself and poured the contents on the floor, I then used my left hand to pick up the pasta and put it in one container and picked up the beans with my right hand and put it in another container.

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