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 ...

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 ...