Perhaps you remember the Busy Box. Probably not, but I’ve done one more project for the same background reason with a different goal in mind. (Click the link there if you want the background info.)
My latest creation is the Grocery Store.
We’ve got a bookshelf filled with cartons of items which I have purchased and used up myself. Example: I drank the soda. Then I filled the cartons with sand to whatever weight was on the carton. Example: The soda bottle filled says that it weighs about 4 pounds, so I filled it up with sand to where it weighs 4 pounds. The cartons that weren’t water tight to begin with, I filled up sandwich size Ziplock type baggies with the sand and put the baggies inside the cartons. Then I hot glued the items shut.
Besides the containers, I researched how much each of the items would cost and put a price tag on each. It’s hard to see in the pic, but there’s a little pouch of felt money on top of the bookshelf.
Not pictured are 2 reusable grocery bags and a grocery cart, which were donated to the hospital previously. And there’s also a Grocery List of all the items on the shelves.
I wanted to do this project, because I had worked at another place that had something similar. The other’s Grocery Store filled an entire room; however, I will say I expanded the idea to be weighted and involved the money management portions at the behest of my occupational therapy buddies.
Now, this activity center can be used for TONS of treatment ideas. As mentioned there’s money management, strengthening, functional mobility, simulated IADL, cognition, reaching/balance in sitting and standing, lifting and carrying…. The sky’s the limit to your imagination here. I can literally come up with a treatment idea for this center with any patient I have. I’ve challenged my coworkers to do the same.
Now I’ll extend a different challenge to you: your turn. What do your patients need? Make it a reality.