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This fun differentiated game is easy for kids of all ages. Students will work on fine motor skills to manipulate play dough to make balls that are ornaments. They will then place on the printed tree. (All you have to do is laminate). If it matches, they add the ball to their playdough. If it does not match, students re-create the ball to put back on the tree. There are visual directions that include pictures showing students what they need to do. THIS IS REPETITIVE BUT DIFFERENTIATED. Please only download if you understand .
Using playdough, roll small balls to make ornaments
Place on the tree
Try to match by picking up 2 ornaments
If it matches, add the playdough to your ball
If it doesn’t match, roll and put it back.
Whoever has the biggest play dough at the end, wins!
This is perfect for RTI / MTSS as an intervention for hand strength and pre-handwriting skills.This is great for visual scanning, visual perceptual skills, coordination, matching and memory skills. This is also a perfect activity for occupational therapists OT, teachers, speech pathologists SLP, special education SPED teachers and other school professionals while working on skills!
This could be used for a winter or holiday party or for homework before break. This does not specifically say Christmas so you can use this in a public school classroom.
I am a school occupational therapist who has a doctorate in occupational therapy. I work closely with special education and general education staff adapting material. This is where I get my inspiration for this material.
DISCLAIMER: By using this, you agree that this activity is not intended to replace the advice of a physician or occupational therapist. Information provided should not be used for diagnostic or training purposes. Please speak with your physician or OT if you have questions. Stop any activity if you are unsure about a child’s reaction or ability.