Learn more about the benefits of working on a vertical surface and find some creative ways for kids to work in this position! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. One thing that stands out to me in the schools where I work is that you never see a good old fashioned chalkboard anymore! Gone are the days of feeling that chalky dust all over your hands, racing classmates to finish math facts on the chalkboard, and clapping out the erasers during detention! :) Back when I was in school, I never thought about the developmental benefits of writing and working on the vertical ... Read More about Motor Skills And More! Working on a Vertical Surface
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Una de las cosas que más me sorprende en las escuelas donde trabajo es que ya no encontramos, por ningún lado, el viejo y antiguo pizarrón de tizas. Atrás quedaron aquellos días en que nos ensuciábamos las manos con el polvo de tiza, que pedíamos a los alumnos que nos mostraran en el pizarrón cómo habían resuelto el problema de matemática, o que sacudíamos el borrador antes de limpiar el pizarrón. :) *Esta entrada contiene enlaces de empresas afiliadas. Lee más. Cuando iba a la escuela, jamás se me ocurrió pensar en los beneficios que aportaba al desarrollo, la escritura y el trabajo sobre ... Read More about Destrezas motrices y… ¡mucho más! Trabajos sobre superficies verticales
Looking for an awesome balance board for kids? We've got you covered with some of our favorites, along with some great ideas for how to use one! Ask any physical therapist in the pediatric or sports realm what their favorite piece of equipment is and you might get this answer: A Balance Board! This versatile piece of equipment is usually made of wood or heavy duty plastic and can come in shapes ranging from rectangle to round. Some have interchangeable pieces on the bottom that can increase or decrease the challenge. Balance boards are awesome tools for challenging the ... Read More about How to Use a Balance Board for Kids
These last minute gift ideas and stocking stuffers for kids will make things easy as you finish up your holiday shopping! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. Waited until the last minute on some holiday gifts? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Whether there was a kiddo or two who you accidentally left off your list or you feel like you need to add a little something to your kiddo’s stack of gifts - we’ve all been there! Luckily, there are plenty of super quick and easy, kid-friendly gift options that you can grab on your way to that holiday party or order for quick delivery ... Read More about Last Minute Gift Ideas and Stocking Stuffers for Kids
Our favorite holiday crafts are ones that target a range of motor skills like bilateral coordination, grasp, and hand strength. This snipped up Christmas tree covers all the bases! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. We love the holidays! It’s our favorite time of year - the music, the food, the movies, the decorations, the shopping...and above all, the holiday crafts! This time of year is perfect for getting kids involved in creating their own holiday masterpieces (while also working on building fine motor skills, of course!). You’ll find some of our favorite holiday craft ... Read More about Holiday Crafts: Snipped Up Christmas Trees
Looking for fun and simple Christmas art projects for kids? These taped up Christmas trees are perfect for any age or ability level! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. If you have spent any time with us here at The Inspired Treehouse, you know about our love affair with tape. It is by far one of our favorite and most-used supplies during therapy sessions and during our playgroup at The Treehouse. There are so many ways to use this simple supply to promote gross motor skills like balance and coordination as well as fine motor skills ike grasping and hand strength. Last ... Read More about Christmas Art Projects: Taped Up Christmas Trees!
Tape is such a fun and simple way to create engaging activities for kids. Check out these awesome tape collage fine motor skills worksheets! If you've been following along with us at The Inspired Treehouse for awhile, you know about our love of tape as a therapy tool. It's one of our favorite props for activities because you can use it for both fine motor skill development (grasp, dexterity, hand strength) and gross motor skill development (jumping, balance, coordination). Tape fits easily in your therapy bag for quick, on-the-go activities AND, it can make for a great outfit ... Read More about FREE Fine Motor Skills Worksheets: Tape Collages!
Learn some of our best simple drawing ideas ideas that are perfect for “tricking” kids into practicing those prewriting shapes! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. If you’re an OT who works in a preschool setting, you’re likely very familiar with prewriting skills. You work on those vertical and horizontal lines, circles, diagonal lines, and intersecting lines all day every day…knowing that strong prewriting skills are the foundation for letter formation and early writing skills down the road. Some kids are reluctant or resistant to participating in prewriting/drawing ... Read More about Simple Drawing Ideas: Tricky Prewriting Practice for Kids