Fine Motor Activity: Painting with Pom Poms

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Here's a quick and easy activity for toddlers and preschoolers that addresses fine motor and sensory processing skills! All you need is finger paint and pom poms, both of which can be purchased at the dollar store. Kids can pinch the pom poms with their pointer finger and thumb as they dip them into the paint and ...

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 ...

From Rattles to Writing: A Parent’s Guide to Hand Skills [Book Review and GIVEAWAY!]

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This month's featured product is a handy book called From Rattles to Writing: A Parent's Guide to Hand Skills, by Barbara A. Smith. Not only am I reviewing this book because I think it's AWESOME but I am also giving away FIVE FREE COPIES between now and this Wednesday, May 8th! Read on... Barbara is a fellow ...

Mama OT’s One Year Anniversary Giveaway!

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{This giveaway is now closed} MamaOT.com turns one year old this month! It has been QUITE the year, filled with fun posts, new bloggie friends, and important real-life lessons learned along the way. I truly believe this blog has made me a better mom and pediatric therapist over the course of the past year. I am more ...

Use a Pullover Bib to Practice Pre-Dressing Skills

Use a pullover bib to practice pre-dressing skills. So simple!

  Yesterday morning my 17-month-old son was wearing a pullover bib (something I had never heard of until my mother-in-law gave us one) and, all of a sudden, he pulled it up and over his head just like he was taking off a shirt. As soon as I saw him do this, a light bulb went ...

Hide Puzzle Pieces to Promote Fine Motor Skills {Photo Friday}

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Welcome to Photo Friday, a place where I share photos of therapeutic tools and ideas that can help boost your child’s development. Please give me feedback on my ideas — I love hearing how they go over with other kids! . . . . . Looking for a way to make puzzle time more engaging and challenging for both ...

30+ Holiday Gift Ideas for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers!

Well, the holidays are officially here! Are you excited? Or are you dreading the idea of trying to pick out gifts for kids? Earlier this week I published three posts to help you out with lots of holiday gift ideas that would also be helpful for promoting the development of the babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in ...

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

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The holidays are here and it's time to start putting together your list for the preschooler(s) in your life...but where to start?! Don't worry. I've got you covered. Below you'll find ten fun holiday gift ideas for preschoolers from ages three to five years. These gifts will be sure to help that little learner have fun and ...

Develop Fine Motor Skills with Toothpicks

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If you have a child who struggles with developing an appropriate pencil grasp or fine motor skills in general, try playing with toothpicks. In this photo, the child who struggles with fine motor strength, grasp, and hand dominance had to unscrew the cap of the cinnamon bottle (bilateral skills to hold the bottle with one ...

Switch Out Your Toys

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Do you ever look at your child's toy box and think, "We really need some new toys"? Yep, been there. I know it's tempting to put all the toys out there and give them lots of things to play with. But what's the problem? The toys get old. Your child gets bored with them. You get bored ...