5 Fun Standing and Activity Tolerance Games for OT

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I am always looking for ideas to shake up my OT treatments and try to get creative with activity tolerance activities, because it is just NOT functional or occupation based to have our clients standing and putting in pegs into a board (unless they find this fun!). So if you haven’t dug into 14 Occupation Based Kit Ideas For Your OT Department or Best Occupational Therapy Treatment Ideas for Men, these are a few more blog posts that will give you some treatment ideas.

Client centered care is so important in providing better outcomes, improvements in functional performance and quality of life (Choi, Yun, 2019), but further research is needed as even though it is recommended, it is not always implemented. It also helps patient motivation, as these are activities that the client has identified themselves as meaningful or fun per assessments such as the occupational profile or the modified interest checklist.

So I am going to help you get creative, give 5 different treatment ideas to work on activity tolerance in your clinic and then give you a downloadable pdf with 20 More Free Occupation Based Ideas for Endurance/ Activity Tolerance Treatment Ideas to keep your creative juices going!

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I love to use games as a means to:

1) work on OT goals,

2) be purposeful,

3) have FUN,

4) have a good time and laugh

Most can be put up and taken down due to limited clinic space, which is an extra bonus!

 

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5 Activity Tolerance and Standing Tolerance Activities:

1. Vertical Card Match: 

 

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Pic via Pinterest, source unknown

Step 1: Gather supplies including:

  • 2 decks of playing cards,
  • Glue,
  • Velcro pieces with sticky backs, and a
  • Trifold cardboard display board

Step 2: Glue one deck of playing cards to the cardboard display board in random order, alternating colors

Step 3: Stick the soft side of the Velcro pieces in the middle and on the front of each playing card that is affixed to the display board

Step 4: Stick the rough side of the Velcro pieces on the back of each playing card in the new deck

Step 5: Play! Ideas are endless including matching colors, making patterns, putting them in order, games, etc

2. Life Sized Connect Four:

 

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Wall sized Connect 4 game via malloryinman.com

Step 1: Gather supplies including:

  • Bed sheet or large butcher paper,
  • Velcro
  • Permanent marker and
  • 2 colors (21 of each color) of disposable plastic plates

Step 2: Trace plates 7 across and 6 down on bed sheet or butcher paper

Step 3: Place velcro strips in middle of circles on the bed sheet

Step 4: Place velcro strips on the back of and in the middle of the disposable plates

Step 5: Play! Here are the rules for Connect 4

3. Scrabble:

 

Floor scrabble for activity tolerance and standing tolerance activity
Idea shared by Cori via Pinterest

This may be a little more involved, but after  it is set up, it would be a great activity to not only work on activity tolerance, but standing tolerance, visual scanning, adaptive equipment use, etc.

Step 1: Gather supplies including:

Step 2: Measure out and create 10×10 squares on the poster board

Step 3: Place “free” spaces on the board, laminate

Step 4: Put letters on each colored paper, laminate

Step 5: Play! Instructions here for rules

4. Checkers:

 

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Lawn game checkers via jessiedaye.com/diy

Step 1: Gather supplies including:

  • Bed sheet or large astroturf rug
  • Paint
  • Red and black plastic plates (12 of each color)

Step 2: Paint 64 checker squares on the bed sheet or rug

Step 3: Play! Instructions here for rules

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5. Tic Tac Toe:

 

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Giant tic tac toe game (and 24 other great ideas!) to work on tolerance for activities in OT. Pic via livingwellspendingless.com

Step 1: Gather supplies including:

  • 2 poster boards or check out LivingWell.com‘s floor tic tac toe game with a drop cloth and bean bags)
  • Painters tape
  • Velcro strips with sticky back
  • 3 black and 3 red plastic plates

Step 2: Tape the poster boards together, laminate

Step 3: Measure out and create 3×3 squares (6 total)

Step 4: Stick velcro piece to the middle of each square on the board

Step 5: Stick velcro piece to the middle and the back of the plastic plates

Step 6: Play! Instructions here for rules

I’d love to hear what you would add to the list! Share and comment below!

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