Last week I introduced you to four fantastic websites that all do a great job of sharing ideas for activities to do with kids:
1. Monday featured No Time for Flash Cards (read post here).
2. Tuesday was all about Productive Parenting (read post here).
3. Wednesday we dove into Growing a Jeweled Rose (read post here).
4. And on Thursday I introduced you to hands on : as we grow (read post here).
I hope you’ve had a chance to check out at least one of these websites and have found something that strikes your (or your little one’s) fancy. Haven’t found what you’re looking for? Can’t get enough of the activity ideas I’ve already given you? Well, have I got the treat for you.
One word: Pinterest.
For those who don’t know, Pinterest is a website where you can organize (or “pin”) all the ideas you and your friends find on the internet by creating virtual “pinboards” for your stuff. You can follow other people’s boards and they can follow yours. WARNING: Pinterest is extremely addicting!!!
Among other things, Pinterest is the perfect place to find and organize activity ideas for kids. While I wouldn’t recommend just going on Pinterest and typing in search terms for activities (that would take waaaayyyy too long), I do think it’s worth investing a bit of your time into finding a few core people/organizations who can provide you with everything you’re looking for in terms of activity ideas.
Here is a short list of three great groups to follow on Pinterest if you’re looking for activity ideas for kids:
1. “Kid Blogger Network Activities & Crafts” : this one will pretty much dominate your home page because it’s a collaborative pinboard, which means lots of specifically selected bloggers can contribute kid-friendly pins…hence, “kid blogger network”.
2. “PediaStaff on Pinterest” : they are a therapy staffing company that supports their therapists in part by creating and organizing hundreds of pinboards related to activities used in pediatric therapy…everything from speech and language development, to fine motor and sensory processing skills, to holiday-themed activities…honored to have a few of MamaOT’s blog posts repinned by PediaStaff!
3. “AOTA Inc – Children: Developmental Activities” : the official pinboard of the American Occupational Therapy Association, so you know it’s gonna be good…very honored that some of MamaOT’s blog posts have made it onto here, too!
And, of course, you can always follow MamaOT on Pinterest for additional actvitiy ideas! I pin resources from the above three sources frequently and also have a handful of other sources that knock my socks off. Click here to see all of my pinboard and follow along!
Who are some of your favorite people to follow on Pinterest in order to find great activity ideas for kids?
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In addition to being mama to two sweet little boys and wife to a crazy awesome husband, Christie is a Registered & Licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L). She holds a B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Education from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA...Go Bruins!), and an M.A. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC OT). She has experience working as a pediatric OT in early intervention (birth to 3), clinic-based, and school-based settings. Her mission with MamaOT.com is to encourage, educate, and empower those who care for children. Christie loves that she gets to PLAY when she goes to work, is hopelessly addicted to Kettle Corn, and is known for being able to turn virtually anything into a therapeutic tool or activity, from empty food containers to laundry and everything in between. Learn more about Christie and what inspired her to become an OT.
Occupational therapy (OT) is a holistic profession that helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, also known as “occupations”. Some OTs help people diagnosed with disability, injury, or disease. Others help prevent disability, injury, or disease. Because of occupational therapy, people of all ages are able to say, "I can!" no matter what their struggle. Isn't that amazing?!
. . . . .Please provide appropriate supervision to the child in your care when completing any activities from this site. You as the grown-up will need to decide what types of products/activities on this list will be safe for your child. If you’re not sure, check with your child’s occupational therapist or pediatrician. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when implementing any ideas or activities from this site, particularly if there is any risk of injury (e.g., falling, crashing), choking (e.g., small parts), drowning (e.g., water play), or allergic/adverse reaction (e.g., materials/ingredients). The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any activities or ideas from this site.