This is a wonderful fine motor activity for both children and adults, you will need:
1) 4 Large balloons
2) 1 Plastic bag
6) 2 Plastic bottles
(See written instructions below the 2 videos.)
We learned this fun activity from our OT Katie Gallik today. Start by pouring the flour into the bottle up to the line (about 2″ from the bottom). Tap and squeeze the bottle to help it move. Blow up a balloon and twist it to hold in the air. Attach it to the bottle of flour. Tip the bottle over and shake the flour down into the balloon. Detach the balloon. Cut off the neck of the balloon. Put Superglue around the upper edge (it is OK if it drips). Cut the neck off another balloon and put it on over the first balloon covering the whole with the flour. Cut the neck off the third balloon and put it over the opening of the second balloon.
Finally, take the last balloon which will be the ninja “Mask” and cut the neck off of it then cut small holes in it. Place this balloon over the opening of the third balloon and your ninja ball is now complete!
This fun activity works on so many wonderful skills including:
Fine Motor Skills– Pinch and grip strengthening, cutting, and motor planning
Sensory skills– Touching different textures, a variety of smells and increased position sense (proprioception) with stretching the balloons and squeezing the Ninja Ball
Cognitive Skills– Following multistep directions, following precautions, memory, sequencing and sustained attention
Mary Kostka, Occupational Therapist
‘Ohana Occupational Therapy, LLC
1139 N Princeton Suite B
Wenatchee, WA 98801