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, ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 rounds ...

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, ...

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 ...