150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids {Book Review}

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If you are the type of person who loves finding new, creative, inexpensive ways to play with your kids, then I have a feeling you are going to LOVE this new book by Asia Citro, author of the incredible blog Fun at Home with Kids! 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids: The Very Best and Easiest Playtime ...

Better than a Bumbo: 5 Ways to Support a Wobbly Sitter

Better than a Bumbo: 5 Ways to Support a Wobbly Sitter #childdevelopment #babies #pediOT

I am excited to welcome pediatric occupational therapist Rachel Coley as she shares practical ideas for how to support wobbly babies who are new to sitting, without the use of baby equipment such as a Bumbo seat.  . . . . . As parents, just when we think we’ve figured out how to keep our little ones ...

Thanksgiving Turkey Water Bottle for Fine Motor Skills

Transform an empty water bottle into a turkey that helps kids practice their fine motor skills! #preschool #education #thanksgiving #finemotor

For a simple Thanksgiving activity for kids, try transforming an empty water bottle into a turkey that helps kids practice their fine motor skills! This water bottle turkey provides kids the opportunity to practice fine motor skills such as pincer grasp (pinching with thumb and pointer), bilateral coordination (working together with two hands), hand-eye coordination, and ...

Thanksgiving Feather Colander for Fine Motor Skills

Put feathers in holes of a colander for a simple Thanksgiving activity to work on fine motor skills. Brilliant! #finemotor #Thanksgiving #mamaot

For a quick and easy Thanksgiving activity for kids that works on fine motor skills, try putting craft feathers in the holes of a colander! This puts a twist on the classic Pipe Cleaner Colander activity. All you need is a cheap ol' colander (dollar store works great) and a bag of craft feathers (got mine at ...

4 Turkey-Themed Fine Motor Activities

4 creative turkey-themed fine motor activities! Includes OT ideas for how to increase or decrease challenge based on age and skill level.  #finemotor #thanksgiving #mamaot

Now that it's November, turkey-themed fine motor activities have taken over at work and home! Here are four turkey-themed fine motor activities we've been having fun with lately. 1. Feed the Turkey This was inspired by a post from Lovely Commotion and I love it because it is simple, cute, and uses stuff you probably already have around your house! All ...

Why Do Some Kids Hang, Lean, and Climb on EVERYTHING?

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Have you ever wondered why some kids hang, lean, and climb on EVERYTHING? Well, when kids hang, lean, climb, push, and pull, they gain access to a certain type of sensory input called proprioception. Proprioception is related to the idea of body awareness. Our body unconsciously senses proprioception through messages sent to our brain from sensory receptors all over ...

Fine Motor Activity: Pushing Straws in a Cereal Box

Poke holes in an empty cereal box and show your child how to pinch and push cut up straws into the hole. Such a simple fine motor activity, but can be used to address a wide variety of fine motor skills! #finemotor #OTtips #mamaot

The next time you are about to toss that empty cereal box, stop yourself and think about saving it so you can use it for a simple fine motor activity for kids! All you need is that empty cereal box, a few straws that have been cut up in halves or thirds, and a screwdriver with ...

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Working on Fine Motor Skills

5 things to keep in mind when working on fine motor skills -- tips from an occupational therapist. Helpful info for therapists or anyone else who works with kids!

I recently had the opportunity to speak at the 2014 annual state conference for the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC). It was SO FUN! I spent 80 minutes presenting to OT students on the topic of "How to Turn Household Items Into Fine Motor Treatment Tools". Pretty perfect considering I tend to post lots ...

Preschool Activity for Color Matching and Fine Motor Skills: Kiddie Chopsticks and Colored Tubes

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If you're looking for a way to help Preschoolers and Kindergarteners practice matching colors while also strengthening their fine motor skills, then check out this fine motor activity using kiddie chopsticks and colored toilet paper rolls! WHAT YOU'LL NEED: 4 empty cardboard tubes (toilet paper or paper towel rolls) 4 colors of small blocks (these foam blocks were ...

An Introduction to the Sensory Systems

Introduction to the sensory systems

October is National Sensory Awareness Month, and today I'm here to introduce you to the many sensory systems that allow us to participate in and enjoy life!   If you've been around kid-land for long, then you've probably heard the term "sensory" thrown around here and there. Maybe you've heard about sensory exploration, sensory bins, sensory ...