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 ...

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 means ...

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!]

This book, "From Rattles to Writing: A Parent

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 ...

How to know if your child is ready for potty training

How to know if your child is ready for potty training. Readiness signs, developmental milestones, and common challenges associated with potty training.

Don't you (secretly) wish child-rearing came with a manual?! Like how to know when it's time to start potty training? And how to actually go about teaching a tiny, impulsive human how to direct their inner recycled goods into a tiny throne several times a day? While I can't tell you exactly how to potty train your little ...