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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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Fine Motor Friday: Syringes and Turkey Basters

23 Nov

In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d post an activity using some common Thanksgiving day utensils: a flavor injector and a turkey baster. These tools, along with other syringes and droppers (frequently used for dispensing medicine) make wonderful fine motor strengthening tools. I have used syringes and droppers for many different tasks. One of my favorites is to fill different size containers with water and food coloring to do science experiments and make different colors. Or use your imagination to make various magic potions, good tasting medicine, pretend juice drinks, etc. It takes strength, coordination, and control to fill the syringe/dropper and empty it over the target without spilling or overfilling. You could even draw a line on the container to practice filling to the line. Have the child use a 3-jaw chuck or tip-tip pinch to squeeze to strengthen and facilitate disassociation. Many pharmacies will give you extra syringes and droppers, or sell them to you for cheap. Have fun!

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Toy Tuesday: Scaterpillar Scramble

20 Nov

For this week’s Toy Tuesday, I am reblogging a fabulous game and idea from my friend at Starfish Therapy. Absolutely love this game, thanks for letting me share it! Need to purchase. ASAP. Enjoy!

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I just discovered a new game, thanks to one of our OT’s.  It’s Scaterpillar Scramble by Hasbro.  Of course looking at it with a PT mindset, I love it because it has lots of marbles that a kiddo can try to use which means lots of repetitions of any activity I want them to do because of course after each repetition they get to put a marble on the caterpillars hand!  The OT side of our office love it for different reasons.

They love that the tweezers/tongs let kids work on the mechanics of a tripod grasp. It is a pretty light tweezer/tong so if you are looking to work on strengthening you may need to pick up a separate one elsewhere.  It also requires precision and fine motor control.  When kids are working on control its amazing how many of them (and adults too) have increased shakiness in…

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Fine Motor Friday: Bowling Pins

16 Nov

It’s Friday!!! Another week has gone by. How was your week? Mine was great. Lots of fun at work, a fabulous 90-day review at my new job (yay, off probation!), and some quality time spent with my lovely husband. On Tuesday, a co-worker and I travel about 90 miles to a near-by town to treat kids in the school district. We see every child who receives OT in the entire district in one day. Crazy, huh? Well this week, they had early release for UIL competition. We had to leave at 6:30 in the morning, but we were home by 2:00. Can’t beat that! Especially when I’m not usually home until 6:30!

Time to feature a fine motor activity. I love this one. You can use any small manipulative that you have. In the picture I used tiny bowling pins, but I’ve used pencil top erasers, (you know, the pointy ones that often break right in half?), wine corks, etc. Have the child use one in each hand (using a lovely tip-tip grasp or lateral grasp, whichever you need to work on more) to pick up small items (blocks, dice, etc) and create a structure (tower, pyramid, etc.). Great for bilateral coordination, grading of pressure/force, visual motor skills, grasp development and strengthening, and so much more! Have fun!

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Fine Motor Friday!

13 Oct

Hi guys! Jeez it feels like it’s been so long since I’ve posted. My week has been crazy, but I’m back and I have a new idea for Friday posts: Fine Motor Friday!

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For the first one, I would like to share an idea from my awesome co-worker, yes…again! She needs to start her own blog!

Supplies: 1 pumpkin, lots of thumb tacks!

This is a fantastic idea and very appropriate for the fall! I absolutely love this!!!! What a great way to work on fine motor skills through resistive strengthening, sequencing, precision, and safety! She could even use colored thumb tacks to create patterns, a jack-o-lantern face, etc. WAHOO for fine motor skills and YAY for pumpkins!!

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Happy fall!
~Amy

Mat Man!

29 Sep

One of my favorite ways to teach body awareness and drawing a picture of a person with a body (versus a head with arms and legs 😉 is the Handwriting without Tears Mat Man! If you’ve never heard of Handwriting without Tears (HWT) check it out at: http://www.hwtears.com. HWT is a handwriting curriculum developed by an OT using a hands-on, educationally sound instructional method to teach handwriting. It is composed of several workbooks, teaching manuals, educational materials such as flash cards, CDs, and different types of paper. The curriculum also has an assessment, The Print Tool, used to evaluation and remediate capital letters, lower-case letters, and numbers. HWT has been adopted by the Texas State Board of Education, and meets TEKS standards for Language Arts. The workbooks have even been translated into Spanish, French, and Hebrew! How cool is that? Maybe I should purchase the Hebrew book for myself. I’ve always wanted to learn how to write Hebrew!

Anyways, one of the HWT programs is called, Get Set for School. It’s primarily based for pre-K to K kids for pre-writing, letter recognition, proper letter formation, and other developmentally appropriate activities to allow the child to be ready for Kindergarten. One of the tools used with this program is the wood pieces set (http://shopping.hwtears.com/product/WP/GSS). It has big lines, little lines, big curves, and little curves that are used to teach basic letter formation, recognition, and memory. In the teacher’s manual there is a pattern to create your own wood pieces set. I used this pattern to create a set of wood pieces on poster board. I chose the color yellow so the letters would be bright!

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HWT encourages the wood pieces also be used to make mat man! The Get Set for School even has a nice little song to sing while you build mat man. Sing along with the song, if your voice is good enough and the child doesn’t ask you to be quiet. This happens quite a bit in my treatment sessions. I decided to make some facial features for my version of mat man. I made 2 of each: blue, green, and brown eyes, so the child can pick out the same color eyes he has. I made a mouth, nose, and even some eyebrows. You can even give mat man a belly button! Now all I need to do is make him some hands and a variety of hats to wear and then he will be complete! I may have a few of my kiddos help me with this task. Then they can work on tracing their hand and cutting! Creating a list of hats will also help with higher level thinking processes including imagination and role playing.

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Other fun ways to modify this activity include: making the poster-board pieces even smaller, perhaps using an index card; use puff paint on the pieces in order to trace with index finger and create a tactile feedback for letter formation; Put velcro/magnets on the back of the pieces in order to use on a vertical surface or while swinging. Can you think of any other activities using the wood pieces?

Check out the app too! http://wetdrytry.com/

Now go have some fun and learn your letters! 🙂

~Amy

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