Stick People Story Telling

stick people story telling

I’m happy to bring you a guest post from a great Occupational Therapist, Cindy, who blogs at Your Kids OT. Today, she is going to share an adorable & simple activity that can help build fine motor & speech & language skills.  Puppets are a wonderful way to foster your child’s imagination. Puppets encourage storytelling, communication, social skills and language development in play. “Puppetry is the art of bringing inanimate objects alive. Children do this instinctively, when they pick up an action {Read More}

It’s Never Too Early to Think About Handwriting {Part Two}

obstacle course

Last week, Katherine shared with us the “Four Basics for Handwriting Success” and today shares some great activities to help meet those basics! Enjoy! ~Katie ******************************* And now for some activities that will help your child to develop these important skills.  What I find wondrous about children’s play activities is that each one can be adapted to address all of the above – at the same time!  So, I’ve put together a list, with some links, that can steer you {Read More}

It’s Never Too Early to Think About Handwriting! {Part One}


Today I really excited to have Katherine Collmer, pediatric Occupational Therapist and handwriting expert here to share some FANTASTIC information about handwriting! She shared so much in fact, that we made it into two posts! Be sure to check back next Monday for Part two. I am particularly interested in this topic as my own daughter has already gone through OT for her weakened fine motor skills secondary to her Juvenile Arthritis and am always looking for information on fine {Read More}

4th of July Crafts

4th of july crafts

It’s the first official Activity Tuesday! With the 4th of July coming up TOMORROW..I have a couple 4th of July crafts to share with you, thanks to Pinterest So, if you are looking for some last minute craft ideas to do with the kids for the 4th, you are in the right place! I did these two crafts with both my own daughter as well as with my speech clients…all the kids loved them! 4th of July Lanterns I got {Read More}

Buckaroo-Great for Reinforcement, Language, and Articulation


I’ve written many posts about the different toys and games that I recommend for both parents and SLPs to use to work on speech and language skills both in therapy sessions and in the home. One of the games that I have gotten a TON of use out over the years is Buckaroo. That is, until he stopped working! That was a sad, sad day my friends. Especially for my little friends who loved playing. So you can imagine my {Read More}

Bunnies in the Grass Game


One of the first years I was working I bought the game Ants in the Pants. My three year olds had a hard time with it but some of my four year olds and older students really loved trying to get the ants in the pants! A couple weeks ago I was wondering through the dollar aisle at Target (as I do almost weekly with my Son) when I happened to notice a large plastic egg filled with jumping bunnies! {Read More}

Fine Motor Monday


It’s been a few weeks since I posted about what we have been doing around here for fine motor practice. We haven’t done nearly as much as I had wanted to or that I had planned…I need about 5 extra hours a day! HA! If you are new, one reason we do so much fine motor activities around here is to help my daughter gain back the strength and coordination that she lost due to her Juvenile Arthritis in her fingers. {Read More}

Freebie Friday! Chinese Zodiac Clothespin Activity

Chinese Zodiac Wheel One

This week, we have been reading three books focusing on Chinese New Year and Chinese Culture. Why? Because Monday is CHINESE NEW YEAR! And, in case you didn’t know, my husband is {half} Chinese, and I really would like our children to grow up knowing about their different heritages. (In case you were wondering, I am mostly Irish- my mom is 100% and my Husband also has some Irish heritage). So we have been reading the follow books this week: {Read More}

Fine Motor Monday


Well, we had a BUSY week and weekend! Saturday was Ev’s first birthday party! It was a blast! Stop by tomorrow…I’m going to post all about it! It’s Fine Motor Monday, and I have a few activities to share! In case you are a new reader, my daughter suffers from Juvenile Arthritis, which has caused her to have pain and swelling in her fingers which has resulted in some weakness in her right hand. We just finished up several weeks {Read More}

Freebie Friday! Christmas Clothespin Wheels

Christmas Clothespin one

This week, I was perusing the internet in search of some new and fun fine motor activities to do with my daughter when I found this cool clothespin activity at Preschool Printables..and another one at Story Time Standouts and then I found these ADORABLE clothespin reindeer on 2 Teaching Mommies…so I decided to combine the three and make my own clothespin wheel activities with a Christmas theme! These fine motor clothespin wheels can be used to target the following: Christmas vocabulary {Read More}

We’re Building Snowmen Over Here!


We have been building SNOWMEN! OK, so they haven’t been real ones but whatever. We’ll take what we can get…it doesn’t snow here in the bay! Yet again, I was inspired by an activity that was linked up at my Thrifty Thursday Linky Party. Jessica over at  Preserving Life’s Memories shared this adorable Felt Snowman Kit, and I fell in love. First of all, it’s felt. And I LOVE felt. Second? It’s super easy to make. I just cut out {Read More}

Fine Motor Monday


As I have mentioned, my daughter is currently getting occupational therapy. She has Juvenile Arthritis, which has attacked several of her fingers causing swelling and pain, which has resulted in some weaknesses, particularly in her right hand. So anyway, we are supposed to be doing homework for OT…so I have been keeping my eyes out on the blogs I visit for some FUN fine motor activities, and we did a few of them this weekend! First, we did this simple, {Read More}