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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…
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Sensory Painting with Pasta and Edible Paint

When working with a sensory group with food aversions, I needed to make the activities fun as well as give exposure to some of the sensations that go along with food.  I wanted to have the food textures, smells and tastes available while making…
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Fishing for letters

To work on a combination of skills, I made some fish with letters on them, added some pipe cleaner to make it metallic, and made some fishing poles out of pipe cleaner and magnets.  Fishing is a great way to work on bimanual hand skills, fine…
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Making Tents and Teepees with Writing Lines

When playing with the Munchy Ball with a young boy, we worked on making some houses. I tried to have him make a woven stick Teepee such as the one made by Timbernook, but our ground was too hard and we could not pierce it with sticks well enough…
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Fireworks Coloring to Practice Writing Lines

Fourth of July is this week, and what better way to practice writing different types of lines than drawing fireworks.  You can make fireworks out of different colors, and make squiggly lines, straight lines, curly lines, circles, and spirals. You…
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Coloring and Cutting Heart Bugs and Caterpillars

Last year I made some really cute heart butterflies, and wanted to increase it by having other bugs to make too.  They make cute little valentine love bugs. The bugs are very similar to the heart butterflies with the same template shapes,…
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Acorn cutting, tearing, and painting

I love cutting activities that then include other skills, like tearing paper, writing, and q-tip painting.  I have done many different cutting activities, and here is a quick and easy fall cutting activity that can be done in different ways…
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Spider Craft for Cutting, Folding, gluing, and Writing

Halloween is coming up soon, so I am having the kids make spiders this week.  The spider bodies require cutting out circles, and the legs require cutting rectangles.  You also have to fold the legs on the marked lines, which is a great activity…
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Catch a Cloud and Pin it Down: Cloud Activities

I found this book called Cloudination at the AOTA conference, and it was such a simple and unique idea that would work well in some therapy situations. The book has pictures of clouds, and you draw what you see in the clouds with a dry erase…
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Bugs In a Jar Craft

I started this craft thinking it would be so cute to cut out bugs and glue them onto a bug box like you caught the bugs.  This morphed into a jar, because a jar is see through, and a bug box is not.  It then morphed into a full game with clothespins…
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Spatula Flip for hand strength and range of motion

Another activity that I had my son do while working on strengthening his hand and forearm after his broken arm, is flipping bean bags with a spatula. I did not have any bean bags, so I put some beans in a baggie and taped it closed. To make…
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Making heart butterflies

For a fun craft this year, I had the kids color hearts, cut them out, and make butterflies out of them.  I think that they made adorable little love bugs.  Maybe next I will create different bugs to be cut out, but for now it is butterflies. I…
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Cootie Catchers re-visited because I love them

Cootie catchers are great fun for kids to play, and they lend themselves very well to the learning environment. I use them in order to have kids work on writing within small designated spaces, and they can be used to work on counting and review.…
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Mitten memory match

Today we have a guest post submitted by Barbara Bailey.  This is an activity that she has made, and uses in the winter.  Now here it is in her own words (and pictures). This game works on visual memory and can be adapted to include a variety…
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Monster Bowling

I saw these little Monster Marbles at Walmart, and had to know what they were. They are little monster characters with a marble on the bottom so that the figures roll across the table. They just come with the little monsters only, and I decided…
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Cute Christmas Tree Crafts

I have had a sad lack of holiday crafts here, so here is a quick post to show some pictures of some cute Christmas tree crafts that I saw in a classroom today. The first one is made out of painted paper plates and then decorated. The…
Q tip painting with templates
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Q-tip painting with templates

I have posted about Q-tip painting before, but another therapist has a different twist on it.  She has made some templates to do the q-tip painting, which requires more precision in the painting. This is a guest post by a therapist,  Tova…
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Angry Birds Toss Game

Throwing bean bags into a container is great for visual motor control, and even better when you have to aim at a specific target, such as toss across or similar game. I ran across these angry birds dog toys at walmart, and they are the…
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Big Mouth Creature with clothespin to open the mouth

I saw these Big Mouth Critters on a blog called Whimsical Publishing, and thought that they were so cute, and that it would be a great activity for some of my students to do. Some kids need the challenge of following the folding directions and…
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Frog clothespin animal for finger strength

I saw a picture of wooden frog pieces glued onto a clothespin on pinterest, and I thought that it was a great idea, and that I needed to make one for kids to play with when working with Clothespins and finger strengthening. I made the frog…
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Friday Share: Twisted Puzzles, adapted crayon, torn paper owl, and using cotton balls

Twist (literally) on Puzzles Part #2   from Your Therapy Source - www.YourTherapySource.com by Your Therapy Source Inc Your Therapy Source posted an activity that came from an idea on Pinterest about changing up puzzles.  Basically,…