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

How to play with your newborn baby. Tips from a pediatric occupational therapist and mom of two.

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 of a baby's life truly are all about survival -- survival for the baby and, even more so, survival for the parents. Between the seemingly never-ending ...

10 Ways to Play with a Water Sensory Table

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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 ...

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 ...

Toddler Fine Motor Activity with Pom Poms and a Plastic Container

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Here's an easy way to reuse a common household item and turn it into a toddler fine motor activity! All you need is a plastic food container and some pom poms. Pom poms can be found in the craft aisle of almost any store (such as grocery stores, Target, Wal-Mart, Michael's), including the dollar store. I ...

Use a Milk Jug for Bath Play!

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Looking for a way to change up your child's bath play? Well, look no further than your own refrigerator! Once your kiddo gulps down that last creamy drop of milk, upcycle the plastic container to turn it into a scooping and pouring toy for some bath time fun! Simply cut the container with either a straight edge ...

Beware the Baby Bumbo Seat

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I am delighted to welcome guest blogger, Rebecca Talmud, DPT! Rebecca is a pediatric physical therapist, and today she is here to enlighten us about baby Bumbo Seats. . . . . . As a pediatric physical therapist I am constantly being asked about different pieces of equipment. What is best for children? What will help them develop, ...

Play Dough Recipes and Ideas for a Whole Year of Fun!

Play dough recipes and ideas for a whole year of fun!

Today I wanted to take a few minutes to feature a brand new book called The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book. This e-book is written by Cathy James of NurtureStore and is packed with tons of fun, creative, practical ways to play with play dough. Cathy's colorful photos of each play dough recipe and activity bring ...

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 ...

30 Fun Multisensory Writing Activities

30 fun multisensory writing activities! ~ Mama OT

Multisensory play and learning is all the rage right now in early childhood circles. But the truth is, occupational therapists have known for a long time that kids are more likely to learn and retain information when they engage with materials using a variety of senses! Mutlisensory learning is helpful for ALL children because all kids ...

Mama OT’s Product of the Month: Potato Head {June 2013}

This month's featured product is the good ol' fashioned Mr. Potato Head! Potato Head is a classic. Did you know he was the first toy advertised on television and his commercial was the first to be directed specifically toward kids? And did you know that he was originally distributed with plastic body parts and sharp push ...