Therapeutic Benefits of Playing with Giant Bubbles

Use giant bubble play to therapeutically target developmental skills! #childdevelopment #pediOT

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

5 Simple Ways to Help Kids Develop Fine Motor Skills at Home

Five simple ways to help kids develop fine motor skills at home! #finemotor #OTtips #childdevelopment #pediOT

A big part of my job as a pediatric occupational therapist is to help kids with their fine motor skills. This is because the hands and fingers play a huge role in completing everyday "occupations" such as playing, eating, dressing, managing self-care tasks, and participating at school. Although occupational therapy professionals are specially trained to help ...

10 Play Dough Activities for Toddlers

10 play dough activities for toddlers - Mama OT #finemotor #childdevelopment

Once your toddler graduates from the stage where everything MUST go in the mouth, it's time to start having some fun with play dough! For little ones this age, I personally like to use homemade play dough because, let's face it, there still is a possibility they will try to give it a taste. Here's the ...

10 Ways to Use Pick and Draw in Therapy

10 ways to use Pick and Draw in therapy. Awesome, portable, simple game for working on a huge variety of therapy skills! #pediOT #mamaot

Pick and Draw is a simple, fun drawing game for kids. All you need is the Pick and Draw deck of cards, a drawing tool, and a drawing surface. That's it! I've been using this game at home with my preschooler as well as in my occupational therapy sessions ever since the game's creator sent ...

Block Drop Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers

Turn an old can and some blocks into a fine motor activity for toddlers! #finemotor #toddlers #mamaot

If you have a handful of square blocks, a can with a plastic lid, and a pair of scissors, then you have everything you need to make this block drop fine motor activity for toddlers! Much like the ball drop fine motor activity for babies I shared a while ago, this block drop activity helps little ...

A Year in Review: Top Posts on Mama OT {2014}

Most popular posts from MamaOT.com in 2014. Top 10 lists related to the topics of babies, activities to do with toddlers, activities to do with preschoolers, fine motor skills, sensory & sensory play, and school-based occupational therapy. #pediot #childdevelopment #mamaot #finemotor #sensory

As 2014 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to thank each and every person who has read, liked, shared, tweeted, pinned, or subscribed to posts from MamaOT.com. I am so encouraged by the comments and messages I receive from those of you who appreciate my work and find my tips and ...

5 Things to Do With Your Kids During Winter Break for Sensory and Fine Motor Skills

5 things to do with your kids during Winter Break to work on sensory and fine motor skills. Includes free printer-friendly version of post to distribute to families, clients, and friends!

Below are five ideas for things you can do with your kid(s) over the Winter Break to support their sensory and fine motor skills! These are great activities to do with siblings, too! Please be sure to supervise for safety as needed. Affiliate links included for your convenience (full disclosure here). {Download a one-page printer-friendly version of this post ...