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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/

Toy Tuesday: Halloween Fun!

8 Oct

Saw this at Pier 1 and had to get it! So cute and very fun for learning complex rotation! Takes moderate strength and good pincer skills to twist! They had a bunch on them, a witch, mummy, and skeleton. I thought the pumpkin was cute because he had a tactile component to him as well. Hope the kids love him!

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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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Bubber and Moon Dough

7 May

A coworker of mine recently attended to AOTA national conference in San Diego. She came back with tons of goodies, but this stuff is awesome!! It’s a unique sensory experience…not sticky, but not too dry; soft, but hard enough to make into a ball. It’s super easy to clean up and never dries out. An added bonus, it’s perfect for working on pressure grading. If you squeeze too hard, it falls apart. You can also find it at Walmart where it is known as moon dough! Fun!

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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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