Connecting With Your Child Through Sensory Play

Sensory play offers SO MANY opportunities to connect with and build your relationship with your child! Learn more about sensory play and how it can help you connect with your child. #sensory #childdevelopment #mamaot

Sensory play is fun and good for your child’s development. But what if I told you sensory play is also good for the development of your relationship with your child? This post is part of the Happy New Year, Healthy Kids series being hosted by the awesome therapists of The Inspired Treehouse, a series where 20 child ...

How Does Crawling Develop?

An occupational therapist discusses how babies develop the ability to begin crawling. Part 1 in a 3-part series on the benefits of crawling (links to parts 2 and 3 included in post). #childdevelopment #pediOT #mamaot

Welcome to PART 1 of my 3-part series on crawling! Today I am excited to explore with you how babies develop the ability to crawl. Babies tend to begin scooting forward on their belly like a wiggly little lizard between about 8-9 months and then, on average, take their first official crawling “steps” on hands and knees ...

10 Ways to Use Pick and Draw in Therapy

10 ways to use Pick and Draw in therapy. Awesome, portable, simple game for working on a huge variety of therapy skills! #pediOT #mamaot

Pick and Draw is a simple, fun drawing game for kids. All you need is the Pick and Draw deck of cards, a drawing tool, and a drawing surface. That's it! I've been using this game at home with my preschooler as well as in my occupational therapy sessions ever since the game's creator sent ...

Block Drop Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers

Turn an old can and some blocks into a fine motor activity for toddlers! #finemotor #toddlers #mamaot

If you have a handful of square blocks, a can with a plastic lid, and a pair of scissors, then you have everything you need to make this block drop fine motor activity for toddlers! Much like the ball drop fine motor activity for babies I shared a while ago, this block drop activity helps little ...

Top 10 Posts on Parenting and Child Development {2014}

2014: Top 10 posts on PARENTING and CHILD DEVELOPMENT from MamaOT.com. Part of a HUMONGOUS round-up of top parenting tips from 40+ moms, therapists, and educators. #childdevelopment #parenting #mamaot #babies

Parenting is HARD WORK and often information about what kids need in order to be happy and healthy can be confusing, overwhelming, or misleading. That's why I've put together a list of the top 10 most popular posts on parenting and child development from 2014 to help you out! Here are the top 10 posts that you, ...

A Year in Review: Top Posts on Mama OT {2014}

Most popular posts from MamaOT.com in 2014. Top 10 lists related to the topics of babies, activities to do with toddlers, activities to do with preschoolers, fine motor skills, sensory & sensory play, and school-based occupational therapy. #pediot #childdevelopment #mamaot #finemotor #sensory

As 2014 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to thank each and every person who has read, liked, shared, tweeted, pinned, or subscribed to posts from MamaOT.com. I am so encouraged by the comments and messages I receive from those of you who appreciate my work and find my tips and ...

5 Things to Do With Your Kids During Winter Break for Sensory and Fine Motor Skills

5 things to do with your kids during Winter Break to work on sensory and fine motor skills. Includes free printer-friendly version of post to distribute to families, clients, and friends!

Below are five ideas for things you can do with your kid(s) over the Winter Break to support their sensory and fine motor skills! These are great activities to do with siblings, too! Please be sure to supervise for safety as needed. Affiliate links included for your convenience (full disclosure here). {Download a one-page printer-friendly version of this post ...

Christmas Fine Motor Activity: Christmas Toothpick Pom Pom Tree

Work on a variety of fine motor skills such as pincer grasp, wrist extension, and bilateral coordination with this Christmas fine motor activity! #finemotor #childdevelopment #mamaot

Here's a simple yet cute Christmas fine motor activity you can do with your toddler or preschooler that consists mostly of items you can find around your house! This activity was inspired by Stir the Wonder. I adapted it to accommodate for the materials I had on hand and to give it an OT twist! This post contains ...

Jingle Bell Christmas Sensory Bin

This jingle bell Christmas sensory bin adds a whole new element to sensory bin play -- auditory! #sensory #childdevelopment #mamaot

December means lots of opportunities for playing with jingle bells, and today I want to share with you a simple jingle bell Christmas sensory bin we have been having fun with recently! In case you're not familiar, a sensory bin is basically just a bin or bucket of hands-on sensory materials that kids can explore and ...

Christmas Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers: Jingle Bell Drop

Christmas fine motor activity for toddlers: JINGLE BELL DROP! #finemotor #christmas #mamaot

Here's a Christmas fine motor activity for toddlers that's simple and fun! All you need are some jingle bells and an empty water bottle! We got our supply of jingle bells at Michaels craft store for about four dollars. My 1 1/2 year old has been so fascinated by the feel and sound of these jingle bells and ...