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.

12 Simple Play Dough Activities for Preschoolers

12 simple play dough activities for preschoolers

Play dough is a fun and easy material to use with preschoolers for play, learning, and development! As an occupational therapist, play dough is one of my go-to resources I use pretty much every day with kids who have a variety of needs. And as a mom, play dough has become a consistent part of my 4-year-old ...

Therapeutic Benefits of Bowling

Therapeutic Benefits of Bowling cover

Have you ever thought about how bowling can be therapeutic and beneficial for kids? Today occupational therapist Cara Koscinski of PocketOT.com continues our series on the therapeutic benefits of recreational activities as she explains the therapeutic benefits of bowling! . . . . . Bowling is one of the oldest sports in existence and was even played by ...

Therapeutic Benefits of Playing with Giant Bubbles

Use giant bubble play to therapeutically target developmental skills! #childdevelopment #pediOT

In my last post I explained how to make these amazing giant bubbles that are fun for all ages, yet so easy a toddler can play with them! Today I want to dig a little deeper and take some time to talk about the therapeutic benefits of playing with giant bubbles, as well as six different ways you ...

How to Make Giant Bubbles

Tutorial for how to make giant bubbles for hours of entertainment for kids and grown-ups. Have you seen these?! #summer #kids #sensory

Giant bubbles are easy to make and can provide hours of entertainment for kids and grown-ups alike! I was recently given the responsibility of leading a sensory enrichment group for a variety of summer school classes in my district, which included students with and without disabilities. Since I know there are tons of developmental benefits of ...

The Ultimate Kids Activities Book! Learn with Play: 150+ Activities for Year-Round Fun and Learning

Tons of hands-on kids activities ideas for babies through Kindergarten #learnwithplay #childdevelopment

Have you been looking for a resource packed with ideas for how to help kids play and have fun, while also learning along the way? Then I hope you are just as EXCITED as me about my new book! I have teamed up with 94 incredible kid bloggers and therapists (yes, NINETY-FOUR!) to create the ultimate kids activities ...

Therapeutic Benefits of Exploring Nature

Therapeutic Benefits of Exploring Nature

Today I am thrilled to have TimberNook founder Angela Hanscom here to share her occupational therapy perspective about the therapeutic benefits of exploring nature! . . . . . Imagine pulling off your socks and shoes, stepping onto a mossy covered log, and walking in your bare feet. You experience sensations of dry, rough, warm bark on ...

Therapeutic Benefits of Rock Climbing

Learn all the reasons why rock climbing is such an amazing therapeutic and developmental activity for kids.  #childdevelopment #pediOT

Today I am excited to have occupational therapist Claire Heffron discuss the therapeutic benefits of rock climbing as we continue in our series on the therapeutic benefits of recreational activities! . . . . . I was first introduced to rock climbing in graduate school, when a few of my adventurous friends from occupational therapy school invited me to the ...

Therapeutic Benefits of Playing at the Park

A pediatric occupational therapist explains why playing at the park is so beneficial and therapeutic for child development! #pediOT #childdevelopment #sensory

Today we continue in our series on the therapeutic benefits of recreational activities! I am excited to have Cindy from Your Kids OT here to share all about the therapeutic benefits of playing at the park! . . . . . Playgrounds and parks have always been a place for families to gather to enjoy their natural surroundings, ...

Don’t Be Bored!: 40+ Fun Summer Activities for Kids

40+ therapist-approved summer activities to keep your kid from getting bored, while also promoting fine motor, gross motor, and sensory development! #pediOT #summer #sensory

Are you looking for summer activities to ward off boredom at home while also supporting your child’s development over the summer? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! Last summer a mom-friend of mine filled a big jar with kid-friendly summer activity ideas written on strips of paper, and she labeled the jar, “DON’T ...