Fun Fine Motor Turkey Activities

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so it is a great time to use turkey crafts in your therapy sessions. Most of these turkey  crafts/activities work on fine motor skills, and some incorporate writing into the activity in the form of writing about what you are thankful for. Mama OT has a really cute bottle turkey that works on fine motor skills by putting feathers into holes. Go check it out at MamaOT. A perfect opportunity to practice writing is {Read More}

Sweet Potato Play Dough

This Summer, I was running a group with kids that avoid food, so we played with all kinds of foods to get some pleasant associations with the smells and tastes. I wanted to make every day food into a fun activity, and one of the things we did was make play dough out of sweet potatoes. I used cooked sweet potato, marshmallow fluff, and cinnamon. We mashed the ingredients all together until it was the consistency of play dough, and {Read More}

Delicious Sensory Peanut Butter Play Dough

When working with kids who have food aversions, I work on having fun with food items. To make this delicious peanut butter play dough, I put the ingredients in a bowl and let the kids mix it all together. If you have a concern about peanut allergies, you can use sun butter instead of the peanut butter. We used peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, and powdered sugar. I did not measure the ingredients out, and just added more powdered sugar if {Read More}

Therapy Product History Lesson

Before WWII in the U.S., most people used coal to heat their homes.  Coal heating resulted in dirty walls.  Noah McVicker, who worked at a soap manufacturer named Kutol Products, produced a moldable cleaning product that people used to press against their walls to remove coal dust and coal smoke residue from their wallpaper.  After the war, more people started using more natural gas to heat their homes and the sales of wallpaper cleaning putty decreased substantially.  McVicker’s nephew, Joe {Read More}

Kinetic Sand

I went to an Occupational Therapy Conference last week and found a cool new product while I was there. It is called Kinetic Sand, and it is seriously the coolest stuff. It is sand, but it does not act like sand, and it is a wonderful sensory experience to run your hands through. I feel like I could hold it and touch it all day. When I first picked it up, it felt heavier than regular sand. It will squish {Read More}