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 ...

Thanksgiving Feather Colander for Fine Motor Skills

Put feathers in holes of a colander for a simple Thanksgiving activity to work on fine motor skills. Brilliant! #finemotor #Thanksgiving #mamaot

For a quick and easy Thanksgiving activity for kids that works on fine motor skills, try putting craft feathers in the holes of a colander! This puts a twist on the classic Pipe Cleaner Colander activity. All you need is a cheap ol' colander (dollar store works great) and a bag of craft feathers (got mine at ...

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 ...

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: 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 ...

How to Use an Ice Cube Tray for Fine Motor Development

How to use an ice cube tray for fine motor development. So creative!

Here at Mama OT I like to feature household items that can be used to promote your child's development, and today I am excited to share how an ice cube tray can be used to help develop fine motor skills! This post is just one in a series of 26 creative posts by other kid bloggers ...

Toddler Fine Motor Activity: Transferring Marbles

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Here is an extremely simple toddler fine motor activity that takes literally seconds to set up. All it requires is two bowls and some marbles! Simply place all the marbles in one bowl. This will give you one full bowl and one empty bowl. You might be surprised to see that your child will know exactly ...

Marble Painting for Kids

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One of the challenging yet rewarding things about being an occupational therapist is finding activities that virtually any child can do, and that will turn out looking awesome, regardless of ability level. Marble painting is one of those activities. Inspired by the creativity of Deborah J. Stewart over at Teach Preschool, I decided to give marble painting ...

How to Make a Fine Motor Puzzle Out of Shapes and Play Dough

Help your child develop fine motor skills with this simple yet creative puzzle activity using shapes and play dough.

Have you ever been playing with your child with play dough and just totally run out of ideas for how else to use it? Well, here's an idea you can try for some fine motor fun: Make your own puzzle! All you need is some play dough and shapes from a shape sorter. I like the shape ...