How to Play with Your Newborn Baby (0-3 Months)

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Caring for a newborn baby is hard work, isn't it? Who knew that a tiny human who sleeps 18-20 hours a day could make life so exhausting?! THE FIRST THREE MONTHS The first three months of a baby's life truly are all about survival -- survival for the baby and, even more so, survival for the parents. Between the ...

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The Developmental Progression of Play Skills

A pediatric OT outlines the developmental progression of play skills #functionalskillsforkids

"Play" is one of those things that gets talked about a lot in child development circles and on social media. You might hear about the benefits of play-based learning, or how giving kids more recess will improve their school behavior and learning abilities, or how there are sensory benefits to encouraging kids to play in and explore ...

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Developmental Duffle: Ready-to-Go Activities and Toys for Toddlers

Developmental Duffles filled with developmentally-appropriate toys for kids from birth to age 5! #childdevelopment #pediOT

Picking out good toys for toddlers can be challenging. They are in that funny in-between stage where they have outgrown the baby toys but they aren't quite ready for the "big kid" toys that require more developed motor and problem solving skills. Plus many of them still put everything in their mouth! Have you experienced this frustration? Well, ...

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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 ...

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Connecting With Your Child Through Sensory Play

Sensory play offers SO MANY opportunities to connect with and build your relationship with your child! Learn more about sensory play and how it can help you connect with your child. #sensory #childdevelopment #mamaot

Sensory play is fun and good for your child’s development. But what if I told you sensory play is also good for the development of your relationship with your child? This post is part of the Happy New Year, Healthy Kids series being hosted by the awesome therapists of The Inspired Treehouse, a series where 20 child ...

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How to Make Peppermint Slime for Sensory Play

How to make peppermint slime for sensory play! Plus tips for how to incorporate fine motor skills practice, as well as how to introduce slime to kids who are tactile defensive or nervous about touching it. #sensory #OTtips #mamaot

Peppermint slime is a fun, unique sensory play recipe perfect for the holiday season! This green peppermint-scented slime is a variation of the jelly slime I have written about before. It will instantly fill your kitchen with the minty smell of candy canes and provide your child a chance to play and explore through the sense of touch, ...

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DIY No-Sew Bean Bags {Plus Lots of Fun Bean Bag Activities!}

These DIY no-sew beanbags are simple to make, inexpensive, and can be used in so many ways to promote kids

I have been on a bit of a hot glue gun kick lately, making all sorts of fun things out of felt and hot glue. Then it hit me -- we should totally pull out our beans we use for sensory play and make some DIY no-sew bean bags! These beanbags are great because they are simple, ...

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How to Make a Water Wall for Summer Fun

DIY water wall tutorial! - Mama OT

I have been wanting to make a water wall for outdoor water play for some time now. There are so many ways to promote your child's development by playing with a water wall (will be sharing in a future post!), plus, it just looks like FUN! So, the day after school got out last week, my ...

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10 Ways to Play with a Water Sensory Table

10 ways to play with a water sensory table!

We have been having a ton of fun with our new water sensory table over the course of the past two months! I had been looking around all summer to find a versatile water table that would allow my two-year-old to have fun playing with water as well as a variety of other sensory materials and, ...

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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 ...

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