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

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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 ...

7 Creative Ways to Play With Veggie Sticks

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Here are some super creative ideas from occupational therapist Hilary Dilks for how to play with veggie sticks while also working on some great developmental skills! . . . . . Veggie Sticks are fun to eat and many kids love them! Here are some great OT related activities you can do while you enjoy a favorite snack. 1. Sort ...

Preschool Activity for Color Matching and Fine Motor Skills: Pushing Popsicle Sticks

Simple preschool color matching activity that also works on fine motor skills -- pushing colored popsicle sticks into an empty coffee can! #finemotor #childdevelopment

If you are looking for a simple preschool color matching activity that will also work on fine motor skills, try out this activity using colored popsicle sticks and an old coffee can! Here is what you'll need for this super simple fine motor activity: Empty coffee can with plastic lid (or similar item slightly taller than popsicle sticks) Colored ...

Fine Motor Activity for Kids: Funny Face Lacing Plates

Turn leftover paper plates into funny face lacing plates to make lacing practice goofy and fun for kids! #finemotor #pediOT

Lacing is a developmental skill that is often tested and practiced in pediatric occupational therapy. It's a great indicator of a child's abilities related to hand-eye coordination, fine motor and bilateral skills, problem solving (aka- motor planning), sequencing, and attention. However, it's not often I meet a kid who loves lacing on a boring lacing ...

How to Use Handee Band to Help Preschoolers with Sensory and Motor Skills

Handee Band helps preschool-aged kids with hand, upper body, and core strength, as well as provides challenges related to heavy work, motor planning, and bilateral coordination. Perfect for pediatric OTs -- portable, compact, super easy to use, and fun for the kids!

As a pediatric OT who treats many children with sensory and motor difficulties, I am always looking for simple, fun treatment ideas that will make kids feel like they are playing instead of working. So I was super excited when I was contacted by occupational therapist Francesca Avalli, whose new product combines sensory integration, strengthening, and kid-friendly ...