Each side of a
covered with a minipulative activity
such as unscrewing bottle caps or removing Velcro strips.
The box size
can vary depending on the size and physical
needs of the user. A box at
about shoulder width and eye
height should be a good size to promote shoulder range of
motion and visual attention. Individuals will need to
non-dominant hand to stabilize the box, thus, promoting
bilateral hand use (using both hands). More challenged
manipulatives on each box side
and drop them inside; more able
individuals can reattach
the manipulatives as a separate activity.
People find the
manipulatives very inviting and
To Make Activity
each side of the box with contact paper. Be sure
colors that contrast with the manipulatives. Choose four of the
following activity suggestions to cover the four sides of the box.
You may repeat some or make up your own.
Cut out strips of
sticky back hook Velcro and attach to one
side of the
box. Vary the strip lengths to increase
Cut out matching
lengths of sticky back
loop Velcro. Cover
the sticky side with
contact paper. Individuals attach the loop
to the hook Velcro strips on the box.
Using a juice
carton, cut off the threaded pieced that the
screw onto. Cut holes in the Manipulation Box to push the
threaded pieced through. Attach the threaded pieces in
with duct tape from inside the box. Individuals screw the
caps off and drop them inside the box. Use different sized caps
and threads for greater challenge. More details are provided
in my book.
caps, use the push and pull caps
necks found on cider and
milk gallon jugs.
a cookie sheet to
one side of the box. Place large
objects to the box with Velcro. Suggested
include a small shiny objects,
pictures, musical button switch, ball
filled with bells. This listis endless. Individuals
can remove these to insert inside the box.
small holes all
over one box side. Insert laces about
long. Tie knots on the
inside the box so that they can't be
pulled all the way through the holes.
Thelaces are hanging
outside of the box. Ask the
individual to tie or untie two
together. For greater
challenge use laces of different
colors to require color matching.