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Rush Hour Junior

I know that many therapists love and use the game Rush Hour to work on some skills.  I have a tendency to dislike playing these types of games myself as I don't really like the challenge, but this Rush Hour Jr Game edition is easier to play,…
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Fine Motor Skills With Torn Paper Pumpkins

Here is a great activity that is worth doing every year. I love having kids tear paper because it really makes them work hard with their fingers and work on those fine motor skills. I have had kids cut out pumpkins and create a jack-o-lantern…
refine coordination with chopsticks
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Chopsticks

Mature and refined grasp patterns, as well as in hand manipulation, require use of the small finger muscles, and they use the two sides of the hands separately. It can be challenging learning how to coordinate the pinky finger side of the hand…
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New Pencil Obstacle Courses

The Pencil Obstacle Courses are such fun, and are what spurred me on to create the Pencil adventures.  Now there are new obstacle courses that include some hole punching and cutting with scissors.  These are created by Jennifer Dodge, who…
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Stuck in The Mud Letter Sizes

School is just starting in my neck of the woods, so with the beginning of the school year, it's time to start my therapy kids off by making sure that they are on target with their letter sizes. I love using mud paper, and have several different…
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Paper Helicopter

It is always fun for kids to be able to take home a fun item that they created, and the paper helicopters are a nice finished project. They are pretty quick to make, but you can have the kids do more things to them before they are finished.…
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Clothesline Matching

A simple and fun activity for young kids is hanging play clothes on a clothesline. This activity happens to be great for targeting fine motor skills, finger strength, and visual perception. It is a lot harder than you think to hold clothes up…
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In hand manipulation skills using broken crayons

In order to work on in-hand manipulation skills with some kids, I decided to use little pieces of broken off crayon.  I had them hold two crayons at the same time, one in their palm, and one in their fingers.  Then I had them draw a shape…
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Kids love stuffing the stretchy cheese

I have posted before about the Stretchy Mice and Cheese, and since then, I use it all of the time.  When I pull it out, the  kids are so excited about it and everyone wants to play with it.  I think it is so much fun because it is unexpected. …
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I Love Bugs in Activities

I love using bugs in my therapy activities, and the kids seem to like them too.  We use them a lot in fine motor activities, and work in some larger muscle groups during our activities as well.  Here are some of my favorite bug activities…
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A Cute Car Mat T-Shirt

I love having kids drive on roads on the ground to help them develop their sense of space and direction and to help with following lines, which is all a precursor for writing. I use road writing lines to help kids who love cars learn their letters,…
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Clothespin Flower Game

It is time for spring and flowers, so how about a new clothespin game where you have to build the flower petal by petal and use the clothespin to hold the petals onto the flower. There are several different ways to play the game.  The…
therapy fun zone - practice writing and cutting with flower petals
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Flower Writing Lines

Spring is here and it is time to brighten things up with flower activities. I created a craft to draw on the flower petals, cut them out, and then glue them onto a paper.  The petals have light lines to trace with zig-zags, loops, lines, and…
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Easter Egg Writing Lines

Easter is almost here so here is an Easter activity.  It includes practice writing lines, coloring, cutting, and writing.  You can choose a simple grouping of eggs to practice lines on and then color.  It also has a place at the bottom of…
therapy fun zone; multi position writing activity
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Multi Position Writing Activity

This week I wanted to incorporate some targeted fine motor and hand strengthening in our sessions, and then follow up with some writing tasks. I used the foam letter squares that I made for the pool writing activity. I spread all of the foam…
therapy fun zone- delicious strawberry play dough
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Delicious Strawberry Play Dough

When working with kids who have food aversions, I like to do some fun activities with food that provide some of the sensory experience of food, but in a fun atmosphere without the required eating of the food. I want the fun item to be edible…
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Handwriting Remediation Tips From the Size Matters Handwriting Program

Beverly Moskowitz has developed a handwriting program called Size Matters Handwriting Program and she has put together some quick tips that use her program’s concepts.  You can find her program at Real OT Solutions.  I have taken one of…
foam shapes and squigs are great to put on the glass
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Fun foam on the Mirror

One of my absolute favorite activities with young kids is playing with fun foam shapes on a mirror. It works well in the bathtub, shower, or on a glass door too. You spay the glass surface with water (great squeezing activity) and then the foam…
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Citrus Orchard Play Dough with Printable

Winter in Southern California is orange season, and the smell of citrus is just wonderful.  I made an orchard play dough mat and made some orange and lemon play dough to go along with it.  To make the experience even better, I added lemon…
Great clothespin game to work on fine motor skills. put the legs (clothespins) on the bugs.
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Sugar Bugs Clothespin Game

I have been meaning to make a clothespin game with bugs and their legs (the clothespins) for a while, and have just finished it. It combines two of the kids’ favorite things, sugar and bugs. This game is great for any time of the year since…
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Recycled Egg Carton Garden Games

Pinching small objects is great for working on fine motor skills, so when I saw this cute carrot harvest idea on Powerful Mothering. I immediately thought it would be perfect for some of the kids that I work with. I wanted to give it more of…