8 ways to use a baby play table

baby play table

Baby play tables are a great invention. As far as I can tell, they came onto the scene fairly recently (relatively speaking), and I have been amazed at how versatile they are. I've used them with infants in early intervention therapy, and they've also come in handy for promoting my own son's development during his ...

Tips for addressing throwing behavior

throwing

Let's be honest: isn't it annoying when cute little babies or toddlers start throwing stuff? And you can't even reason with them! Photo credit: Nerissa's Ring Here are five reasons why babies or toddlers might exhibit throwing behaviors, and what you can do about it. Reason #1: Developmental stage. From about 9-12 months, it's totally developmentally appropriate for babies ...

5 safe aerobic exercises for pregnant women

Pregnant

I am happy to introduce MamaOT's newest guest blogger, Katie Moore. Katie is a mom who loves to blog about all things "mommy" and today she is here to share some tips for engaging in aerobic exercise during pregnancy. . . . . . Photo credit: Frank de Kleine When a woman becomes pregnant she often becomes more ...

4 Halloween Fine Motor Activities

Halloween

I had a lot of fun working on Halloween fine motor activities with my students last week, so I thought I'd share four that turned out to be a great hit! These were done with kiddos ranging from preschool all the way to fourth grade. 1. Eyeball sensory bag. This might have been my favorite all week ...

50 Fun Ways to Play with Tongs

tongs

Tongs, tweezers, and chopsticks are great for developing hand skills necessary for cutting with scissors and writing with pencils. Earlier this week I shared a DIY tutorial on how to make kiddie chopsticks, and I mentioned that the ability to use tongs is a pre-scissors skill, and the ability to use scissors is a pre-writing ...

How to Make Kiddie Chopsticks

kiddie chopsticks

Kiddie chopsticks are really easy to make. And did you know that when kids play with tongs and chopsticks, they are actually practicing fine motor skills that will help them with cutting and writing? The ability to use tongs and kiddie chopsticks is a pre-scissor skill, and the ability to use scissors is a pre-writing skill. Pretty ...

Easy Pipe Cleaner Bracelet

Bracelets are fun to make, but they can be really tough for kids who have poor fine motor skills. If a child wants to make a bracelet but is struggling with being able to use two hands together (bilateral coordination), has difficulty using their "pincher" fingers effectively (thumb and index finger), can't seem to coordinate ...

Let Them Put a Triangle in a Round Hole

Dear Parents, If you remember nothing else this week (or this month...or year...you get the point), please remember this ONE THING: Don't be afraid to let your child make mistakes.  In fact, please allow them to make mistakes. Give them enough space so they have the option of making mistakes. Especially as young toddlers. They NEED to learn from their ...

eBook Review: 75 Ways to Have More Fun at Home

75 Ways to Have More Fun at Home

I recently had the privilege of reading a great eBook called "75 Ways to Have More Fun at Home". The author, Anna Luther, was a working woman who had three kids in three years (woah!). She quit her job and, though she never thought she would be a stay-at-home mom, she has realized it was ...

How to Bring “Big Body Play” Into a Kid’s School Day

Classroom

Mama OT is pleased to welcome its newest guest blogger, Jarrod Green. Jarrod is an early childhood development and behavior specialist, and he's all about understanding how play and sensory-motor experiences impact kids' learning, behavior, and overall development. He's getting ready to speak at the 2012 conference for the National Association for the Education of Young ...