What color Theraputty for a 4 year old with delayed fine motor skills?

I found this idea on your site, but do not know which Theraputty to order for a 4 year old.

Stretch the Theraputty out and hide coins or any tiny objects in it. Then mush it up into a ball. It is now the child's job to pull the putty apart and find all the objects you put in there (oh, make sure you count how many you put in there, because the child WILL keep asking if they found them all). Just a hint... children can even do this whole "game" themselves; hiding the objects AND finding them. Or do it with friends that come over to play. And, if they need extra incentive... you can use all those pennies you have kicking around the house and tell them if they do a good job finding them all 3 times in a row they get to keep them!

The SPD Help Line Answers...

Aha! Great question! I had to do some thinking for a minute from the way they listed them too. I don't blame you for being confused ;0) Anyway, each company is different, but if you go with the one I show below then I would start with the softest and work your way up. I am not sure how delayed her fine motor skills are, so I'm not sure if you want to start with the very softest or the next one up. (I would suggest asking your OT if you have one... if not, it's ok, it can't hurt!) So... this is the color and resistance order

Tan - X-Soft Resistance
Yellow - Soft Resistance
Red - Medium-Soft Resistance
Coral - Medium Resistance
Green - Medium-Firm Resistance
Blue - Firm Resistance

Click on the picture below to order (choose your color from the drop down menu they will show you on that page)...

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need anything further, ok?

Take good care.
Michele Mitchell

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Feb 15, 2010
by: Macy

My daughter is 4 and in OT. Her therapist uses the blue theraputty and hides little beads and toys in it for her to find.

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