Developing Visual Skills and the Playground

Annie, don’t slide down the slide head first! I could hear a mother yell to her child as the little girl went down the slide on her back head first. I told the mom that it was actually good to slide down this way as it gives her body a new experience and sensation and she learns how to catch herself at the end upside down. I love watching kids naturally challenge their bodies. Why do we as adults try {Read More}

Practicing Letters and Finger Strengthening

Resistance keeps your muscles strong, and the little muscles in the fingers need to work and get strong along with the rest of the muscles of your body. I love having kids get letters randomly in order to practice writing the letters and words, since the randomness is somehow more fun than me giving them a worksheet. To combine letters, writing, randomness, and resistance, I use different toys and activities, and one of my favorites is the stretchy cheese and {Read More}

Coloring and Cutting Shapes for a Picture

For this activity, we are incorporating very simple coloring and cutting of easy shapes. Then you can put those shapes together to make a pretty picture to take home. Two simple designs to choose from are a flower or a butterfly. With the flower, you have a circle for the center and ovals for the petals. You then glue or tape the shapes into a flower design, and attach it either to some paper or to a popsicle stick. For {Read More}

Wild Animal Clothespin Game

One of our favorite games is the Ocean Animal Clothespin game, so I made a variation of the game named the Wild Animal Clothespin Game, with some different animals so the kids can enjoy working on finger strengthening using clothespins while having fun.  We also have some question cards and action cards to help have conversation and possibly write answers. So you need to have some flat bottom decorative marbles to send down the bowling grid.  There are three different {Read More}

Play Doh Connect Four

Play Doh Connect Four is a fun activity that was created by Marie Logan, an Occupational Therapist with UAB Pediatric Neuromotor Clinic.  This activity is a great way to combine the benefits of using play doh, and the fun of playing connect four while working on hand, wrist, and forearm skills.  In order to play you need to have two different colors of play doh and a vertical surface to stick the play doh onto. To start playing the game, you {Read More}