Dexterity is the ability to use your hands skillfully, fluently, quickly, and easily. Why does your child need to master a skill that seems so complicated? This fine motor skill helps kids hold a pencil correctly and, perhaps even more importantly, helps them control that pencil to produce legible writing on a piece of paper! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. Babies are working on dexterity right from the very beginning as their primitive Darwinian Reflex has them grasping your finger when you place it in their palm. Eventually, that tiny baby begins to grasp other ... Read More about DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: D IS FOR DEXTERITY
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It’s one of the most common problem areas I see with kids in my pediatric occupational therapy practice: hand strength. *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. Kids who struggle with hand strength may have difficulty with grasping a pencil, learning to use scissors, and managing clothing fasteners. They are also likely to struggle with handwriting and other classroom skills. We look for a pattern of these red flags when we're trying to determine whether a child has weak hands. There are tons of creative and playful activities for kids that can target hand strength. Some of ... Read More about Hand Strength: 35 Fun Activities for Kids
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 YOU’LL NEED: Cardstock (any color), markers, clothespins WHAT TO DO: Draw the shape of a caterpillar’s body onto the cardstock ... Read More about NAME CRAFT FOR KIDS: PERSONALIZED CATERPILLARS
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. *This post contains affiliate links. Read 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! 10 Creative Hula Hoop Games and Activities for Kids 1 || Rabbit Hole from The Inspired Treehouse One of our all-time most popular posts on the ... Read More about 10 Creative Hula Hoop Games and Activities for Kids
We love coming up with easy games for kids that promote learning and development. This fun, rainbow-themed game is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of March and springtime! Working with manipulatives is an awesome way for kids to build grasping and in-hand manipulation skills, as they pick up, turn, and orient the small pieces in their hands. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: -Free printable rainbow game board and printable spinner -Small, different colored objects to build your rainbow (e.g. buttons, pom poms, candy coated pieces, etc). You will need 5 blue objects, 4 green, 5 ... Read More about EASY GAMES FOR KIDS: BUILD A RAINBOW!
Around the holidays, I’m always looking for creative gift wrapping ideas for kids. My little ones love to wrap gifts for their family and friends - some years it’s all about color coordinating. Other years, it’s simply about the personal touch. However we do it, they enjoy this tradition of creating something special for others. Here are some amazing wrapping ideas we found around the web for you to try with your little ones this season! Washi Tape on Gifts from The Pink Doormat || When in doubt, get out the washi tape! Let kids go wild creating their own designs all over the ... Read More about 10 FUN GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS FOR KIDS
Nothing says Christmas like a good old-fashioned garland, right? But rather than going out and buying one, why not create one together as a family? Your homemade garland is sure to have a lot more character than anything you could find in a store, and you won’t believe the awesome workout your kids' fine motor skills will get from creating one of these beauties! || 1 || Watercolor Garland from Art Bar When I saw this gorgeous kid-created garland, it was love at first sight (but then again, that’s how I feel about most things over at Art Bar). Set your kiddos up with some paper, ... Read More about FINE MOTOR SKILLS: 10 DIY GARLANDS KIDS CAN HELP MAKE!
Hooray for Turkey Day! If you're looking for fun Thanksgiving Activities for Kids, you've definitely come to the right place. These activities are more than just fun, they're the perfect way to target fine motor, gross motor, and sensory development in a creative and playful way! We use these activities with our own kids and with the children in our school-based therapy practice, so they're tried and true. 1 || THE KIDS TABLE: 15 CREATIVE THANKSGIVING IDEAS FOR KIDS: The kids table is the place to be at Thanksgiving! These activities will keep them there for awhile as you finish ... Read More about THERAPIST-APPROVED THANKSGIVING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS