Sometimes a little variety is all it takes to make a normal activity so much more fun. This is true with today’s pediatric therapy activity: marshmallow painting. Occupational Therapist Elise Spronk came up with this idea when she was working with a picky eater who also didn’t care to finger paint. Most children love marshmallows and will love painting with them, and while they are having fun, they’ll experience many sensory development benefits.
The only supplies you need are marshmallows, finger paint (we recommend something washable), and either paper or a mirror.
Have your child grab a marshmallow and dip it in a paint. You can either give your child an idea of something to draw or let their creativity flow!
One idea we love with marshmallow painting is painting a self-portrait in a body length mirror. This will help your child work on body awareness and visual perception skills. But if you don’t want to clean mirrors, your child will still experience multiple sensory development benefits like:
Want to learn more about how sensory preference might be impacting your child and how occupational therapy at Kinetic Edge can help? Then check out this article by Occupational Therapist Elise Spronk.
Occupational therapy and pediatric services are available in our Pella and Oskaloosa clinics.