About christiekiley

My name is Christie and I am married to an amazing man named Brian. God is teaching us how to depend on Him for our every need, and how to depend on one another in the context of our marriage. I love kids. So that's what I do for a living. I work with kids. In any context. Right now that means working in occupational therapy...and learning to be a mom with a little kid of my own. But only God knows where He is taking me. So I walk by faith.

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 ...

How to Make Peppermint Slime for Sensory Play

How to make peppermint slime for sensory play! Plus tips for how to incorporate fine motor skills practice, as well as how to introduce slime to kids who are tactile defensive or nervous about touching it. #sensory #OTtips #mamaot

Peppermint slime is a fun, unique sensory play recipe perfect for the holiday season! This green peppermint-scented slime is a variation of the jelly slime I have written about before. It will instantly fill your kitchen with the minty smell of candy canes and provide your child a chance to play and explore through the sense of touch, ...

One Tip for Preventing a Flat Spot on Baby’s Head: Turn Your Baby

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Today I am pleased to welcome guest blogger Irene Collado. Irene is eager to share one simple trick for preventing a flat spot on your baby's head, plus she is excited to share about a campaign she is launching to help parents and caregivers prevent flat spots once and for all! . . . . . Did ...

Toys and Games to Help Kids’ Pencil Grasp Without Using a Pencil!

10+ toys and games to help kids pencil grasp...without using a pencil! Recommended by an occupational therapist. #finemotor #christmas #childdevelopment

Several people have asked me what types of toys and games they can get for their children to help them work on pencil grasp, without actually using a pencil. They have shared with me that their kiddos desperately need to work on being able to hold their pencil better but, unfortunately, their kids dislike completing ...

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 ...