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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!

Block construction with a grabber

13 Jan

Hey hey! If you’re looking for another way to use a grabber, strengthen hands, facilitate bilateral coordination, promote control and stability, you may have found an activity that’s just what you need! I use this with my kids who are just old enough to use a good challenge. You can line the blocks up on a balance beam, steps, etc. and create a more challenging component for balance and core. You can also create various patterns and have the child imitate them or design one himself to encourage initiation and creativity.

What other ways have you used a grabber or blocks?

Have fun!

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Toy Tuesday: Basketball!

28 Nov

Better late then never! I was too busy attending the winter parade tonight! Such fun!

For this Toy Tuesday post I am going to feature a toy my sweet second cousins played with over Thanksgiving…a toy basketball hoop! This was such a hit! It’s great for eye hand coordination, pressure grading, trial and error, taking turns, and the low tech part is definitely my favorite characteristic! Sometimes it’s fun to go simple. 🙂 Enjoy!

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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: Marshmallows and Toothpicks

9 Nov

Hello hello! Time for Fine Motor Friday! For this week I will be sharing one of my most favorite things to do with marshmallows and toothpicks! It can be used with a multitude of ages, as young as around 4 to as old at you feel appropriate (each client has different likes/skills). The oldest I’ve used this activity with was a 15 year old. 🙂

Supplies:
Bag of mini marshmallows
Box of toothpicks

Extras if desired:
Paper plates to hold supplies
Pictures/ideas to copy and construct

I came up with some ideas to have the kids I work with copy, varying from simple to more difficult on the back (including a complex 3D cube!). I placed mine in a sheet protector to keep it from getting sticky! Have the child copy the pictures, guiding, imitating, and provides cues as needed. Another fun thing to use this activity for is brainstorming new designs using higher level executive function skills.

Fun, sticky, educational, and great for developing fine motor and visual perceptual skills!

Caution: some children will want to eat them…some therapists may want to eat them too… 🙂

Enjoy!

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Toy Tuesday: Spot It!

17 Oct

Hi again! It’s time for another Toy Tuesday! This week I’m sharing the game Spot it!. It’s a great little game to improve visual search skills, along with a variety of socialization skills.

Spot it! is a card game consisting of 55 cards, each decorated with 8 symbols (more than 50 different symbols in all). One—and only one—matching symbol exists between
any two cards. Out of the five mini-games you can play with these cards, the goal is always to be the fastest player to spot the matching symbol between two cards and call it out. The matching symbol will be the same shape and color; only the size may be different.

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Spot it! can be played with multiple players, in a variety of locations, (on a swing, outside, etc.) and is easy to throw in a bag to carry! There’s even an App!

Check it out!
Amy

Link to the game Web site:
http://www.blueorangegames.com/spotit-tg.php

Link to the App:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spot-it-dobble!/id441552267?mt=8

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