Tag Archives: Eye hand coordination

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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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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Mardel Monday: ThinkFun’s Amaze

11 Feb

Love this ThinkFun game (and a few others!) 16, interactive mazes, to challenge our cognitive process, executive function, visual motor skills, and fine motor skills. Very challenging, and only recommended for kids who can handle the thinking demands. Great option for challenging older kids!! It’s small, compact, easy to travel with, and easy to set up. The mazes challenges are shown for set-up. Use the “pen” to move through the maze! As you trace through the maze, you’ll find red bars that can be moved left or right to create a new path. So fun!

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Mardel Monday: Sturdy Birdy

28 Jan

Hello everyone! So my boss gave me the challenge to put together “fine motor kits.” Primarily gathering items from Mardel and Walmart if needed. This all started because over time I have gathered up quite a collection of therapy toys from Mardel. I’m telling you, they should use me for marketing to therapists!!! Not just teachers!!! Anyways, I suckered a co-worker of mine into attacking this with me. (Don’t worry, I made sure our boss knew she helped out. ;)) We spent 4…yes 4 hours in Mardel…gathering items, spreading them out of the floor, and making tough decisions to put some things back. 😦 Now that I know ever item Mardel has to offer, I’ve decided to start a Mardel Monday to show an item that can be purchased from Mardel for therapy uses, and to gather more ideas from my wonderful readers!

First item: Sturdy Birdy

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This is a game for my wonderful PT friends out there as well! The object of the game is to be the first to make it through all 12 poses. You must roll the dice to see how long you must hold the pose. In addition to holding the pose, you must balance the seed bag on your body! What a cute little game! Made by Fat Brain Toy Co. And under $20, this game is sure to create some fun!

Have you ever played this game before?

If you’re wondering how much stuff we ended up purchasing.. Check it out…

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Fine motor kits in the making! Be sure to stop back by in a few days for a list of the items featured in the kits!

Have a great Monday!

Toy Tuesday: Rolling Monkey

15 Jan

Love these toys! So fun to play with, especially on a swing! Thanks again, Mardel!

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