When it comes to staying healthy and fit, there’s no doubt that physical activity is the best way to do so. But even if you’re not an athlete or in great shape, there are still ways to get your heart pumping and body moving—and they don’t necessarily involve going out for a run or lifting weights at the gym. Occupational therapy activities are just as important as any other type of physical activity because they help older adults stay active despite limitations on their mobility or ability to perform certain tasks like walking or climbing stairs. Below are some ideas for occupational therapy activities that can help improve strength, coordination and balance while also building mental resilience:
Paint the ceiling
Paint the ceiling. As an occupational therapist, you’ll probably have some experience with painting walls and other surfaces in your office. Painting the ceiling is no different! It’s very important to keep in mind that when it comes to painting a ceiling, there are certain safety measures you should follow:
- Use appropriate tools. There are several types of paint brushes available at hardware stores or home improvement centers that can help you get started on this project safely and effectively.
- Wear protective gear when working around electricity or chemicals—this includes gloves and goggles if possible!
Draw with your non-dominant hand.
Drawing with your non-dominant hand is a great way to improve brain function. It’s also fun—so you might as well make it even better by learning how to draw with your non-dominant hand, practicing for at least 15 minutes every day and then trying drawing with both hands!
Learn a new language
- Learn a new language.
- Use an app to learn more about the language, including how it’s spoken and written (and you can find apps for every country).
- Try a different approach to learning languages—maybe use music or games as part of your study time?
- Learn with your partner or friends! You’ll make each other laugh while you’re trying to figure out what all those strange sounds mean.
- Traveling is another great way to practice languages: when you see signs in foreign tongues, it makes perfect sense why they’re there—they’re written on walls somewhere that doesn’t make sense otherwise!
Build a house of cards
- Build a house of cards
- Make a tower higher than it has ever been made before. Challenge yourself to build the highest house of cards in the world.
Take an art class
Take an art class. Art classes are a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and reduce stress. Whether you’re an artist yourself or want to try something new, there’s no better time than now!
Take your child to the park for some playtime with friends or family members who have pets. This activity is especially beneficial for children who don’t usually get much physical activity outside of school because it will help them burn off energy in a fun way that doesn’t require much coordination or strength at all—just running around with your arms wide open like a chicken (which kids love doing)!
Do a jigsaw puzzle
Jigsaw puzzles are a great way to exercise your brain, and they are also a nice way to relax and unwind. You can do them with friends or family members, but they’re also good for kids because they allow them to express their creativity in ways that are fun for everyone involved. If you don’t have time or resources available, consider enlisting the help of an occupational therapist who might be able to provide guidance on how best fit this activity into your schedule!
Write or draw with both your hands at once.
Write or draw with both your hands at once.
This is a fun activity for occupational therapists to do with kids because it helps them develop coordination, dexterity, and fine motor skills. You can go with a pen, paintbrush and roller or pencils, crayons and markers. The possibilities are endless!
Hopscotch is a fun game that can be played by children of all ages. It’s also an excellent physical activity because it requires balance and coordination, which are important for occupational therapy activities.
To play hopscotch:
- Find an open space and divide the area into four equal squares with tape or chalk. Make sure there is enough room for everyone who wants to play!
- Draw a straight line across each square in one direction (vertical or horizontal), then make two more lines perpendicular to those two lines so you have three lines running through each square. These three lines should intersect at right angles with each other at their midpoint (the intersections will be marked).
Wrap a gift
- Use a ruler to measure the paper.
- Mark the paper with a pencil.
- Cut the paper with scissors.
- Fold the ends of your gift into triangles, then roll it around in one direction or another (depending on what you want to do with it).
Write a letter to yourself
Writing a letter to yourself is a great way to practice writing and expressing yourself. It’s also an excellent way to improve your writing skills, which will help you in any career or job that involves interacting with others.
To write a letter, start by imagining that you’re writing it as if it were addressed directly to someone else who could read and understand what you meant. You may want to include their name at the top of the page so that when they read what follows it will make more sense for them than just reading “Dear [X].” Write about what’s going on in your life right now—what are you feeling? What are things like for example? What do people think about them? How does this affect how others interact with me? What do I want from my life right now? Include any thoughts or plans on how these changes might happen (if there are any). Finally, make sure that all information included in this document is accurate!
Put together a furniture kit (for example, assemble Ikea furniture)
If you’re looking to build a furniture set, consider putting together an Ikea furniture kit. This can be done in just a few hours and requires only basic tools: a flat-head screwdriver, pliers and tape measure.
The first step is identifying the pieces that you want to assemble into your set; this will help determine what size of furniture kit you need. Next, carefully remove all packaging materials from each piece of furniture before assembling it onto its base; this will ensure that they are sturdy enough while also making sure they don’t fall apart during use (especially if there are small parts). Once all items have been removed from their original packaging wrappers or boxes (and stored neatly), take them outside where others such as yourself can put them together more easily—this way everyone gets involved!
Play a video game with your feet instead of your hands.
Video games are a great way to practice and improve your motor skills. They also provide a fun activity for kids with special needs or disabilities, who can use them as an alternative form of play.
But there are some video games that you might be surprised to learn aren’t playable with your feet! Here are some examples:
- Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) – This game requires players to step on certain buttons in succession, which makes their legs move up and down in accordance with the rhythm of music playing on TV or computer speakers. If your child has trouble stepping correctly, he/she may not be able to play this game effectively because they’re not able to move as fast due to motor difficulties caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida
It’s important to exercise your brain and body every day, so you stay in good shape mentally and physically as you age.
It’s important to exercise your brain and body every day, so you stay in good shape mentally and physically as you age. Here are some ideas for activities that can help:
- Mental exercises: Puzzles, crosswords, Sudoku puzzles (the older the better), reading aloud to a child or small group of people who are listening intently. If it’s not too much trouble for your loved one, try having them write down their thoughts on paper before reading them out loud—this will help them to think about what they’ve written more clearly later on.
- Physical exercises: Walking around the block or neighborhood for 10 minutes at a time is great for both physical fitness and mental clarity! Also try taking up an instrument that makes music—whether it be violin or guitar; even just singing along with songs will keep everyone happy!