Search and Find Fine Motor

Everyone has those days where you just need to pull an activity out of your bag that is simple and requires no extra preparation. I have quite a few of those types of activities lurking at the bottom of my bag, and a favorite is the alphabet search. It combines visual scanning, fine motor skill, and hand strength all in one simple task. I use alphabet beads and pom poms scattered together on the table to create a visually distracting {Read More}

Using Gel Clings in Therapy

We have a guest post written by Kristi Rapp, COTA. When it comes to finding items to work with that are therapeutic, budget friendly, and versatile it can sometimes be a challenge to find just the right item to use.  I have found a hidden gem with Gel Clings.  Yes, I said gel clings.  Those wiggly, stretchy, colorful clings that are often found in $1 bin and come in a variety of themes.  How are those therapeutic and what makes {Read More}

Making a Crash Pad

A crash pad is a big foam filled squishy mat that you can fall onto and you land on the squishy foam. Crash pads are great fun for kids who like a lot of movement and body input since they can roll around in the big foam nest. Kids need to always be supervised when using such equipment since they may feel invincible with all of that foam, and so they will try things that may not be safe. I {Read More}

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}

Restricting Children’s Movement and Play Time Causes More Harm Than Good

Sit Still!  Be Careful!  Stop Spinning!  Get Down From There!  Why restricting children’s movement and limiting their ability to play outdoors causes more harm than good This is a guest post by Angela Hanscom, Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Author of Balanced and Barefoot. You can also find the Balanced and Barefoot book on Amazon. As a parent of two young children, I can empathize with the parental fear that habitually gets in the way of childhood risk-taking. Our parental instincts {Read More}