Christmas Fine Motor Activity for Kids: Torn Paper Christmas Tree

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Here is one more simple Christmas fine motor activity for kids that we've been doing at work and home this month! I love it because it targets a variety of fine motor skills while also being very easy to adapt for kids of a wide range of ages and ability levels. What you'll need: Piece of white ...

Christmas Fine Motor Activity for Kids: Cotton Balls and Q-Tips Snowman

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Here is another fun Christmas Fine Motor Activity I have done with my kiddos in therapy this month that you can use with children who are of preschool and early elementary age. What you'll need: Piece of blue paper (or other non-white paper color), piece of white paper, glue, cotton balls, Q-tips, white paint (such as finger ...

Christmas Fine Motor Activity for Kids: Sponge Painting Christmas Tree

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I have been having fun working on Christmas fine motor activities this month with my kiddos and thought it would be fun to share some of them with you. This post is the first in a series of Christmas fine motor crafts I will be sharing in the next few days, so get ready for ...

Handwriting Without Tears for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners: A Review, a Giveaway, and a Discount!

Tips for teaching Preschoolers and Kindergarteners to write. Plus a review, giveaway, and special discount!

Do you dread the day when you will have to teach your child to write? Have you ever found yourself hating each time you have to embark on writing instruction in your classroom? Do you wish there was an easier, more fun way to teach kids to write and really make it stick? Meet "Handwriting Without ...

50 Fun Ways to Play with Rice

50 fun ways to play with rice!

Have you ever heard that it can be fun to play with rice? I recently learned how to make colored rice for sensory play and, oh boy, it is so easy! Not only that, but it is also a super versatile sensory play material (an OT's dream!) and can easily be stored in an airtight ...

What’s in My Therapy Box?: 60+ Supplies for School-Based OTs

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Occupational therapy is amazing because, with a little creative thinking, you can use pretty much anything as a tool for therapy! This is really helpful when it comes to school-based OT. If your job is anything like mine, then you know that we often find ourselves working on a variety of skill areas with tons ...

Do We Need to Worry About Touch Screen Babies?

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Occupational therapist Katherine Collmer, author of the blog Handwriting with Katherine, is here today to share her insights on the latest findings and recommendations related to "touch screen babies". She has some powerful information to share, plus tips for how we can enhance our children's learning experiences without giving up the latest technology! . . . . . I ...

Fine Motor Activity: Painting with Pom Poms

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Here's a quick and easy activity for toddlers and preschoolers that addresses fine motor and sensory processing skills! All you need is finger paint and pom poms, both of which can be purchased at the dollar store. Kids can pinch the pom poms with their pointer finger and thumb as they dip them into the paint and ...

Tips for Teaching Left Handed Children to Write

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As a pediatric occupational therapist, I work with kids on handwriting all the time. I have found that people are often intimidated or confused about how to teach left handed children to write. To be honest, there really isn't that much difference between teaching right-handed and left-handed children to write, though there are a few ...

30 Developmental Benefits of Playing with Potato Head (Plus Lots of Ways to Play!)

30 developmental benefits of playing with Potato Head ~ Mama OT

Potato Head is one of my favorite therapy tools and, let me just say, this toy is amazing because of its versatility! In fact, I love Potato Head's ability to facilitate children's development so much that I have chosen him (and the Mrs.) as Mama OT's Product of the Month! This post contains some referral links, which ...