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Toy Recommendation Guide 2013

21 Oct

Here it is… The ultimate toy recommendation list… Now if only I could afford 1 of each of them…

Check it out:

http://intelligentnest.com/2013/10/20/the-toy-recommendation-guide-2013/

Musical bells

17 Aug

A co-worker of mine donated a broken switch toy to our job. It was an awesome bell toy that looked like a sideways Ferris wheel! However, the part that strikes the bells to make the sound was broken. After several attempts to find some way to fix it, I decided just to take it apart and use the bells! I made a small mallet, wrote up some music, and voila, new functional toy! The kids have loved it, and we’re even getting them to help write more songs! It’s also been fun to see them try to guess which song they are playing and learn to keep the rhythm! Trash to treasure!

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DIY Moon sand

17 Aug

This is the easiest DIY tactile play you could ever make that is different from shaving cream and rice/noodle bins! All you need: flour and baby oil. That’s it! Mix the two together until you reach the consistency you like the best! Feels very similar to moon sand and if you put it in a container with a lid, it stays good for several weeks! Cheap, quick, and easy! I even made some in ziplock bags to send home with a few kids. Using some old tile spacers, I threw this activity together to work on orienting crosses and Xs, improve tactile exploration and acceptance, improve attention to task and following directions (for example, I would ask my client to place it on a “red X,” etc.), grasping, work on counting and color identification, etc.! We had fun! The ideas are endless with how to use this “moon sand” stuff. What have you don’t with it?!

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Fine Motor Friday: Sonic Tot Tongs

19 Jul

Aren’t these the cutest?! Love that Sonic is giving them away as a prize! They are originally supposed to pick up tater tots, however, OTs may use them to pick up puff balls, plastic color bears, cotton balls, or any other small light weight item we could find! 😉 Great for strengthening and coordination, you could have some fun with one too for only 0.99!

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Toy Tuesday: Hangman

16 Jul

I’m back! It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post… my world has been a little crazy lately! I’m back in action this week, featuring the Melissa and Doug Hangman game! How cute is this?! The letters are pretty resistive, working on finger strength when turning them over. Great game for letter sequencing, spelling and writing simple words, making handwriting fun, and body awareness. Love the size and the ease of storage. It’s compact and easy to carry around. What other fun ways have you used hangman for?

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Lacing

7 May

I have been brainstorming a way to help my kids understand the concept of lacing. A coworker and I came up with this idea: green for go, red for stop, with a green line to follow with the lace. Starting at the star, push the lace through the green hole, pull it through until it stops, and follow the green line to the next green hole. I haven used it with several kids and it is helping! I plan on making one with only green holes to remove some of the visual cues. Has anyone else tried something fun to help with lacing?

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Big Foam Dice

2 May

Not just dice, dice that are 5 inches big! How fun! The ideas to use these are endless!!!! Use for obstacle courses, number of depictions for exercises, play a bingo game, matching and counting numbers, stacking, and so much more! How have you used dice?

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