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, ...

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 ...

Block Drop Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers

Turn an old can and some blocks into a fine motor activity for toddlers! #finemotor #toddlers #mamaot

If you have a handful of square blocks, a can with a plastic lid, and a pair of scissors, then you have everything you need to make this block drop fine motor activity for toddlers! Much like the ball drop fine motor activity for babies I shared a while ago, this block drop activity helps little ...

A Year in Review: Top Posts on Mama OT {2014}

Most popular posts from MamaOT.com in 2014. Top 10 lists related to the topics of babies, activities to do with toddlers, activities to do with preschoolers, fine motor skills, sensory & sensory play, and school-based occupational therapy. #pediot #childdevelopment #mamaot #finemotor #sensory

As 2014 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to thank each and every person who has read, liked, shared, tweeted, pinned, or subscribed to posts from MamaOT.com. I am so encouraged by the comments and messages I receive from those of you who appreciate my work and find my tips and ...

Christmas Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers: Jingle Bell Drop

Christmas fine motor activity for toddlers: JINGLE BELL DROP! #finemotor #christmas #mamaot

Here's a Christmas fine motor activity for toddlers that's simple and fun! All you need are some jingle bells and an empty water bottle! We got our supply of jingle bells at Michaels craft store for about four dollars. My 1 1/2 year old has been so fascinated by the feel and sound of these jingle bells and ...

Activities to Promote Your Child’s Communication Development

Great list of simple developmental activities to promote your infant, toddler, or preschooler

I am honored to have Pathways.org share a guest post today about simple yet powerful activities you can do with your infant, toddler, or preschooler to promote their communication development. I hope you find their ideas helpful as you communicate and bond with your child! . . . . . Birth to three years old is the ...

Toddler Fine Motor Activity: Transferring Marbles

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Here is an extremely simple toddler fine motor activity that takes literally seconds to set up. All it requires is two bowls and some marbles! Simply place all the marbles in one bowl. This will give you one full bowl and one empty bowl. You might be surprised to see that your child will know exactly ...

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 ...

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 ...

5 Benefits of Signing with Your Baby or Toddler (and How to Get Started)

5 benefits of signing with your baby or toddler (plus tips for how to get started)

Please welcome today's guest blogger, pediatric speech-language pathologist Katie Yeh from Playing With Words 365! Katie is here to share all about signing with your baby or toddler, plus tips for how to get started. I used baby signs with my son when he was a baby (and even now as a toddler), and it ...