Tips for Sensory Play with Candy Cane Scented Rice

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Don't you just love the scents associated with Christmas? Especially the peppermint smell (and taste) of candy canes? Me too! This December, full of holiday cheer, I decided to experiment with a batch of scented rice that would fill the house with that lovely candy cane smell while also giving us a chance to engage in ...

Living Sands: A unique sensory play experience!

Living Sands: A unique sensory play experience!

I recently learned about a sensory play product called "Living Sands". Have you ever heard of it? This stuff is incredible! Learning Express thought I might like to try out Living Sands, so they gave me a box of it to play with so I could share my thoughts with all of you! The texture and feel ...

Toddler Fine Motor Activity with Pom Poms and a Plastic Container

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Here's an easy way to reuse a common household item and turn it into a toddler fine motor activity! All you need is a plastic food container and some pom poms. Pom poms can be found in the craft aisle of almost any store (such as grocery stores, Target, Wal-Mart, Michael's), including the dollar store. I ...

Mama OT’s Product of the Month: From Rattles to Writing {May 2013}

This month Mama OT is excited to feature the book From Rattles to Writing: A Parent's Guide to Hand Skills as the product of the month! From Rattles to Writing is written by Barbara Smith, a highly experienced occupational therapist who loves to educate and empower others. In addition to being an OT and an author, Barbara ...

Handwriting mastery begins before the introduction of a pencil!

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Please welcome Mama OT's newest guest blogger, Katherine Collmer! Katherine is an occupational therapist and blogger who is passionate and knowledgeable about everything handwriting. She is here today to talk about the important yet often overlooked foundations of handwriting that are learned through play from the day a child is born. These foundations set children ...

How to Sneak Fine Motor Skills into Gross Motor Play

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Parents and teachers often ask me how they can incorporate more fine motor practice into their child's or student's day. Well, try this one thing: Sneak fine motor practice into their gross motor play! Many kiddos I work with struggle to sit still, focus, or follow adult-directed tasks, and their fine motor development suffers as a result. That's ...

Hide Puzzle Pieces to Promote Fine Motor Skills {Photo Friday}

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Welcome to Photo Friday, a place where I share photos of therapeutic tools and ideas that can help boost your child’s development. Please give me feedback on my ideas — I love hearing how they go over with other kids! . . . . . Looking for a way to make puzzle time more engaging and challenging for both ...

Mama OT’s Top 5 Favorite Holiday Gifts from 2012

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My toddler was so blessed by the fantastic gifts he received from friends and family this year for Christmas. While we really, truly appreciated all of them, I want to draw your attention to five in particular that touched my Mama OT heart. Maybe they will inspire you in your future gift-giving endeavors. Some links ...

Toddler Fine Motor Skills: Pipe Cleaner Colander

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Looking for a way to work on toddler fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination? Or, here's a better question...looking for a way to keep your toddler busy? Give them a colander and some pipe cleaners (both of which I found at the Dollar Tree), demo how to use it if needed, and let them go to ...

Santa Fine Motor Craft

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The Christmas season is in the air and, even though it's not even December yet, classrooms are already filling with Christmas crafts. For kiddos who need work on fine motor skills -- especially cutting -- try this basic Santa craft with card stock or construction paper. All it takes is to cut out one circle and ...