NAME CRAFT FOR KIDS: PERSONALIZED CATERPILLARS

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This fun little name craft for kids can be played with again and again so kids can get some repetition along with a great fine motor strengthening boost! One of the most common skills we address with kids in occupational therapy sessions at school (and with our preschoolers at home) is recognizing, sequencing, and writing the letters of their names.  We’re always trying to think of activities and projects for kids that target this skill in a new, fresh way. WHAT [Continue Reading]

SENSORY SMART TIPS FOR KIDS WHO HAVE TROUBLE SLEEPING

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*This post contains affiliate links.  Read more here. For kids who have trouble sleeping, sensory techniques designed to calm and organize the body can be helpful.  In fact, many of the same techniques and methods we use to calm a newborn or infant can be adapted for use with older kids to help them fall asleep more easily and hopefully stay asleep through the night. Still adjusting to life outside the womb, newborn babies are very sensitive to light, sound, [Continue Reading]

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: B IS FOR BALANCE

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Balance, the ability to hold your body upright and steady without falling down, is as important in adulthood as it is in childhood.  I mean, have you tried a Tree Pose lately?  Some days it’s on and some days it just isn’t there!  *This post contains affiliate links.  Read more here.  Core strength is essential for balance.  Kids need a strong middle to be able to maintain a balanced posture in any position for a prolonged amount of time. Kids [Continue Reading]

MOVEMENT MONDAY: MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

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Thank you to all of you who shared your favorite movement activities for kids on our Facebook page last Monday.  We had such a variety of fun ideas to choose from for our round-up today. We hope that you had a FANTASTIC weekend!  We had the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the sunshine!  We rode bikes, played basketball in the driveway and planted some pansies to add some pretty spring color to our front porch.  Here are some of the best [Continue Reading]

INCLUSION: HOW TO PROVIDE OT SERVICES IN THE CLASSROOM

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From a therapy standpoint, inclusion means “pushing into” classrooms to deliver services rather than pulling kids out for therapy sessions. One thing I’ve learned about inclusion during my years as a school based occupational therapist…it can be tricky.  Another thing I’ve learned?  It’s totally worth it. April is Occupational Therapy Month!  Want to learn more about occupational therapy?  Follow #OTMonth and @AOTAInc on Twitter! *This post contains affiliate links.  Read more. I grew up with a sibling with significant special [Continue Reading]

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: A IS FOR AGILITY

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A is for AGILITY Agility is the ability to be in motion, stop, change direction and get moving again.  Agility also refers to how quickly a person can perform all of these movements.  This becomes an important skill when your child begins to express interest in sports and he wants to improve his athletic performance. Agility is strongly connected to strength, balance and coordination.  The stronger your child’s body is, the more control she has over her muscles and the [Continue Reading]

10 CREATIVE HULA HOOP GAMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

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Hula hoop games and activities for kids are super motivating and fun ways to promote gross motor skills like coordination, endurance, balance, strength, and more. And now that spring has officially sprung…it means that we can spend hours out in the yard doing our favorite spring activities and family activities without getting frostbite!  Hooray!  So get out there and give some of these a try! 1 || Rabbit Hole from The Inspired Treehouse One of our all-time most popular posts [Continue Reading]

MOVEMENT MONDAY: ACTIVE KIDS!

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Happy Spring!!   It is official now, right?  We’ve had a group of active kids outside after school every night this week until almost 8 o’clock! The scooters are flying, the bikes are racing and the balls are rolling.  Such fun!  The rain is also falling in northeast Ohio and shoots of green can be spotted popping up in the dirt … promises of pretty flowers to come!  We even had a game of Line Tag going yesterday when the driveway [Continue Reading]

SPRING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS: 10 WAYS TO PLAY WITH SIDEWALK CHALK!

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We’re having a blast rounding up some of the best spring activities for kids using old stand-by toys and supplies! We already gave you the rundown on our favorite creative ways to play with bubbles, now we’re moving on to another spring and summer favorite…sidewalk chalk! Who knew there were so many fun and unique ways to play? 1 || Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk from Playful Learning If you’re a DIYer, you’ll love this cool step-by-step recipe for how [Continue Reading]