Make your Own Theraputty!!
We love all kinds of different putty in occupational therapy. Give us the sticky, the play-doh, slime, shaving cream, we love it all! One of our favorites though is Theraputty. Thats why when we cam across this DIY Theraputty recipe we had to share.
This resistive putty is great for building hand strength and giving kids the tactile feedback that they really need. We recommend this for kids with low muscle tone in their hands, grasp or hand weakness, to improve fine motor skills, relieve anxiety, and much more.
To Make your Own Theraputty
Things you will need
1 Cup of White Glue
1 3/4 cup of water
1 tsp. borax
Craft Sticks or a Plastic Spoon
Food Coloring or Dye
First, combine 3/4 cup of water and 1 cup of glue into a single bowl. Next, mix these two ingredients with a stirer/spoon.
Afterwards, mix in an additional 1 cup of water and 1 tsp. of borax into a separate bowl. Do so until the borax is completely dissolved. After the borax is disolved, pour your borax-water mixture into your bowl of glue + water. Add Food Coloring or Dye as desired.
Finally mix these two separate mixtures together until your ball of putty is completely formed. It may be easier to use your hands during this process.
Games to try with your Theraputty!
Hide beads or bingo chips into your putty to fold apart and find!
Use your putty to make shapes and letters
Squeeze putty for deep pressure
Roll Snakes with putty for coordination with two hands
Pinch putty to make flower petals or confetti