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}

Car Mat for Pre-Writing

Young pre-school kids love playing with cars, and they are developing a whole slew of skills while they are playing. It is the perfect activity that is simple, can be self-directed or adult influenced, and every part of the activity works on a skill that is needed in life. When you play on a car mat, you use the car to follow the roads, find the gas station to drive to and fill up your car, turn left, turn right, {Read More}

Making it Fun With Munchy Ball

I pick up a little girl from her classroom (we’ll call her Emily), so that I can do a fine motor evaluation, and this is the first time that she has met me.  I tell her who I am and what we will be doing and we head off to do our work.  Emily does some writing, and shows me how she can write her name, but when I pull out the Munchy Ball, she really comes alive, and becomes {Read More}

Color Pop Game For Fine Motor and Writing

The color pop game is a great game that incorporates quite a few skills within one game. Some of the skills used in the game are fine motor, visual scanning, writing, counting, and finding coordinates on a chart. I use either colored porcupine balls or different colored pom poms as the popcorn in the game. You need one color dice and one regular dice, and the printable coordinates chart. I also have the kids use training chopsticks to pick up {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}