A Barrel of Monkeys – A Quick and Easy Home Therapy Tool!

Some of the skills addressed in occupational therapy are fine motor control, visual perceptual skills and motor planning. Therefore, let’s take a moment to look at a quick, easy and fun activity that can address all three of these skills. I’m sure you’ve seen this game before. It is likely one that you already have in your home. It’s the classic game, A Barrel of Monkeys.

Putting each monkey in place, and having to twist and turn each subsequent monkey in order to make a very long monkey chain, actually addresses all three of the skills mentioned above. It’s a quick activity that forces children to learn how to slowly control their hands and develop that fine motor coordination, as well as those visual perceptual and motor planning skills, that are essential later in life.

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