Toys and Games to Help Kids’ Pencil Grasp Without Using a Pencil!

10+ toys and games to help kids pencil grasp...without using a pencil! Recommended by an occupational therapist. #finemotor #christmas #childdevelopment

Several people have asked me what types of toys and games they can get for their children to help them work on pencil grasp, without actually using a pencil. They have shared with me that their kiddos desperately need to work on being able to hold their pencil better but, unfortunately, their kids dislike completing ...

Baby’s First Shape Sorter

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Once your baby has become a functional sitter (meaning he or she can transition into and out of sitting), it's time to start having some fun with container play! You may have noticed that your baby has become particularly interested in taking things out of containers and maybe even putting them back in. You may have also ...

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 ...

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 ...

Mama OT’s One Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Enter MamaOT.com

{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 ...

4 ways to get babies moving

4 ways to get babies moving

Babies need to move just like grown-ups do. The only problem is, they can't. Sure, newborns can wiggle. And, yeah, pre-crawlers can roll. But it's not the same as big time movement through space. Did you know that a baby's movement sense (called the vestibular system) lives in the inner ear and is developed by the ...

Mama OT’s Top 5 Favorite Holiday Gifts from 2012

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My toddler was so blessed by the fantastic gifts he received from friends and family this year for Christmas. While we really, truly appreciated all of them, I want to draw your attention to five in particular that touched my Mama OT heart. Maybe they will inspire you in your future gift-giving endeavors. Some links ...

Why Kids Should Play with Baby Dolls (YES, even BOYS!)

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This post has been written in collaboration with pediatric speech-language pathologist Katie Yeh (PlayingWithWords365) and clinical psychologist Laura Hutchison (PlayDrMom). Thank you for your wonderful contribution, ladies!  . . . . . The baby doll is such a fantastic toy that we hope ALL children (Yes, even BOYS!) will have the opportunity to own and play with during ...

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

gift ideas for preschoolers

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 ...