Christmas Fine Motor Activity: Christmas Toothpick Pom Pom Tree

Work on a variety of fine motor skills such as pincer grasp, wrist extension, and bilateral coordination with this Christmas fine motor activity! #finemotor #childdevelopment #mamaot

Here's a simple yet cute Christmas fine motor activity you can do with your toddler or preschooler that consists mostly of items you can find around your house! This activity was inspired by Stir the Wonder. I adapted it to accommodate for the materials I had on hand and to give it an OT twist! This post contains ...

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 ...

Fine Motor Activity for Kids: Funny Face Lacing Plates

Turn leftover paper plates into funny face lacing plates to make lacing practice goofy and fun for kids! #finemotor #pediOT

Lacing is a developmental skill that is often tested and practiced in pediatric occupational therapy. It's a great indicator of a child's abilities related to hand-eye coordination, fine motor and bilateral skills, problem solving (aka- motor planning), sequencing, and attention. However, it's not often I meet a kid who loves lacing on a boring lacing ...

How to Use Handee Band to Help Preschoolers with Sensory and Motor Skills

Handee Band helps preschool-aged kids with hand, upper body, and core strength, as well as provides challenges related to heavy work, motor planning, and bilateral coordination. Perfect for pediatric OTs -- portable, compact, super easy to use, and fun for the kids!

As a pediatric OT who treats many children with sensory and motor difficulties, I am always looking for simple, fun treatment ideas that will make kids feel like they are playing instead of working. So I was super excited when I was contacted by occupational therapist Francesca Avalli, whose new product combines sensory integration, strengthening, and kid-friendly ...

3 Ways to Use Ping Pong Balls in Pediatric Occupational Therapy

3 simple ways to use ping pong balls in pediatric OT

Last week I had the opportunity to guest post over at OT Cafe, where I wrote about one item I like to keep in my therapy bag: ping pong balls! School-based occupational therapists often have to cart around therapy materials from school to school, so it’s important to have access to versatile, lightweight materials that can ...

How to Use a Therapy Ball to Make Tummy Time Easier and More Fun for Baby

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If you've been around babies in recent years then you've probably heard about tummy time, am I right? Tummy time is simply any time a baby spends in the tummy-down position while awake and supervised. While placing babies on their tummies is not a brand new concept, it is something that has become more important in recent ...

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 ...

Keyboarding Programs to Help Kids with Typing Practice

Great list of different keyboarding programs to help kids with typing practice, compiled by a school-based occupational therapist! Includes all kinds of programs -- free online typing lessons, fun games, the new Keyboarding Without Tears program, and an iPad app to help kids learn to type!

If you are looking for keyboarding programs to help your child with typing practice, you have come to the right place! Below are several resources that can help students practice their keyboarding skills and even learn to type. Most are free and can be found online. Others are programs that require payment or iPad app download. ...

What to do after graduation: Tips for finding a job as a new Occupational Therapist

Tips and things to consider when trying to find a job as a new Occupational Therapist!

Graduation has passed and now you are studying for your board exam and stressing about finding a job as a new Occupational Therapist. Can you relate? If so, I have good news! Read on for some helpful tips for finding your first job as a new OT grad, from therapist Derek Fenwick of Infinity Rehab. . ...

Benefits of Using Kinetic Sand in Therapy

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If you have been following Mama OT for any length of time, you know how much I love play-based materials that can promote a child's development, particularly fine motor and sensory processing skills. So you can imagine how excited I was when Michaels craft store asked me to write a guest post on their blog, ...