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Hang Man for writing practice

You know those days where you can't find the activity that you want to do, and all you can find in your bag is some paper. I have no problem making any activity that I find therapeutic, so I pull out the paper and want to work on writing. Well…
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Pizza Delivery Game For Following Directions

I wanted to do some direction following and learning right and left, as well as memory, so I created a pizza delivery game. This game uses a floor road map that I made, and writing out and following the directions to get to different houses…
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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…
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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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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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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Snow Man Dressing

I saw a cute little snow man mentioned on a teacher’s site, and I thought it would be perfect to use in therapy.  The original source of the picture was from here, but I have made my own to cut out, color, and dress your snowman. There…
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Cursive Handwriting's Link to The Leaning Tower of Literacy

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” (Frederick Douglass)     One of my favorite quotes is from an article in the Journal of Education Psychology, titled "The Role of Mechanics in Composing of Elementary School…
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Rainbow Puzzle game

I made a fun little game for spring with rainbows and words.  I call it the rainbow puzzle game, and you can download it for free (you can also find it in the shops).  You have to roll 3 dice first, a number dice, a color dice, and a word…
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Snow Man and Hot Cocoa Fine Motor Activities

I live in sunny Southern California, so we have to pretend that we have snow. We can still enjoy some hot cocoa even though the temperatures are in the 70s. (I even wear a sweatshirt in the mornings). The rest of the country has lots of snow,…
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Pencil Grips–Pros and Cons

Most kids do not need to use a pencil grip. I rarely recommend having a student use a special grip, and when I do recommend it, it means that the grip really does help. What are the determining factors for needing a pencil grip? The student…
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Writing Wizard App review

I have tried out several apps that work on letter writing, but many of them are too "baby" like for the kids I am working with. Your Therapy Source suggested the Writing Wizard App, and I thought I would try it out.  I had already downloaded…
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Ways to Encourage a Mature Grasp

When writing, the most efficient way to hold a pencil is using three fingers (index, middle, and thumb) on the pencil, and move just the fingers to make the letters (this is called a dynamic tripod grasp).  There are many other ways to grasp…
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Using Paper Battleship to Work on Pencil Control

Last week I posted about regular (and mini) battleship games to work on fine motor skills and visual scanning, but have you ever played paper battleship to work on fine motor and writing skills?  Paper battleship is played the same way as regular…
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Handwriting depends upon a solid base of support!

This is a guest post by Katherine Collmer from Handwriting With Katherine. Did you know that efficient handwriting skills are first cousins to efficient postural skills?  And were you aware that good postural skills are close relatives…
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Making a Comfortable Weighted Pencil

Let's talk about weighted pencils.  Abby has a nice post about making weighted pencils.  I have used weighted pencil kits to add weight onto a regular pencil, and I have seen the do it yourself pencil weights using hex nuts, but there are…
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Ice Cream Sundae Clothespin Game

When I was making my Clothespin Tower Games, one of the games is a game about building an ice cream sundae.  The game easily translates into a flat game without the tower, so I thought that at times I would prefer to use it that way.  It is…
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New Awesome Clothespin Tower Games

When I am looking at the basic clothespin game that has been used through the ages, most of them are simple matching games on the side of a can. I wanted to take the concept of my flat clothespin games, and merge it with the concept of the can…
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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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Jenga Blocks Writing Game

At Christmas, I got my kids a generic Jenga game for really cheap, and I got myself an extra one because I knew that I would want to make a therapy game out of it. I didn’t give it much thought until I was brainstorming new game ideas and…
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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…