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Resource Spotlight: Squigz

Updated: Jun 30

Squigz are a type of flexible, colourful, suction-based building toy. They are super useful in therapy, and home play programs due to their versatility and engaging nature.

Here are some specific ways squigz could be used:

1. Fine Motor Skills Development

  • Hand Strengthening: Manipulating squigz requires the use of various hand muscles. Pulling them apart, pressing them together, and attaching them to surfaces helps strengthen the small muscles in the hands and fingers.

  • Dexterity and Coordination: Handling the small parts of squigz improves hand-eye coordination and dexterity. This can be especially beneficial for children who need to develop better control over their hand movements.

2. Sensory Processing Skills Development

  • Tactile Stimulation: Squigz provide a unique tactile experience due to their texture and flexibility. This can be particularly helpful for children with sensory processing issues, as it allows them to explore different sensations in a controlled way.

  • Proprioceptive Feedback: The resistance offered when pulling squigz apart or pressing them together provides proprioceptive input, which can help children become more aware of their body movements and positions.

3. Visual Motor Skills

  • Color Recognition and Matching: Squigz come in various bright colours, which can be used to practice colour recognition and matching activities.

  • Spatial Awareness: Building structures with squigz enhances spatial reasoning and helps children understand how different pieces fit together in space.

4. Cognitive Skills

  • Problem-Solving: Creating shapes and structures with squigz encourages children to think critically and solve problems, such as figuring out how to balance structures or fit pieces together in a specific way.

  • Planning and Sequencing: Activities involving squigz often require planning and sequencing, which helps improve executive functioning skills.

5. Social and Communication skills

  • Collaborative Play: Using squigz in group settings encourages teamwork and communication. Children learn to share materials, take turns, and work together to create structures.

  • Expressive Language: Describing their creations and the process of building can enhance a child's expressive language skills. We hope this series helps you understand how the use of certain resources in occupational therapy!

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