Fine Motor Boot Camp: A New Way to Support Fine Motor Practice

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One of my favorite things to do as a pediatric occupational therapist is to find ways to help parents and teachers carry over therapy recommendations to support developmental progress. So any time I learn about tools or tricks to help with this, I get really excited and I want to share them with everyone I ...

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“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Fine Motor Buttoning Activity (No Sew!)

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Fine motor, self-help, and pre-literacy skills are all HUGE components of early childhood development. They prepare toddlers and preschoolers for success with classroom participation, independence, and overall learning. So why not use ONE activity to address all three skills at the same time?! That's what I've done with this "Very Hungry Caterpillar" fine motor buttoning activity!  This buttoning activity follows the ...

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Cool trick to help kids learn to turn the paper while cutting

Simple trick to help kids learn to turn the paper while cutting

For kids who are developing their scissor skills and need help learning to turn the paper while cutting along a curve (and who can read numbers), try this little trick...I came up with it on-the-spot during a recent therapy session when working with a child who hasn't been able to figure out how to turn the ...

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Developmental Progression of Handwriting Skills

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As a pediatric occupational therapist, I often receive questions from concerned parents and teachers about whether their child is on track with their handwriting development. So today I wanted to share with you about the developmental progression of handwriting skills so you can keep these milestones in mind when tracking your child's handwriting development! DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRESSION ...

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10 Stocking Stuffers to Help Your Child’s Pencil Grasp

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The school year is well underway, your three- to six-year-old is doing a lot of coloring or writing at school, and you might be wondering what kind of stocking stuffer or small gift you can get to help with their pencil grasp this holiday season. Well, I've got some ideas for you! First, before you go scouring the ...

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Developmental Progression of Pencil Grasp

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You sit down with 3-year-old Sophia to spend some time coloring in her favorite princess coloring book. She grabs a blue crayon, holds it with her whole hand as her pointer finger points toward the tip and her forearm turns down toward the paper, and begins to transform Princess Elsa's dress into a scribbled blue. Should you ...

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Pop the Blocks! Fine Motor Activity for Hand-Eye Coordination and Hand Strengthening

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Stacking blocks and working on hand strengthening can sometimes be boring or non-preferred for kids, especially those who struggle with fine motor skills. If this is the case for the kid(s) in your life, try this little fine motor activity. It involves not only grasping and hand-eye coordination, but also sneaks in some hand strengthening and basic ...

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Therapeutic Benefits of Playing with Giant Bubbles

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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