Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Fun Fine Motor Craft Idea....Baa Baa!!!

This DIY fine motor craft idea is simple to make and your kids will love it!  It's the perfect way to strengthen those small hand muscles and improve fine motor skills, and it's super cute :)
Items needed:

Small plastic container (an Ensure container works well)
Cotton balls
Construction paper
Black Duct tape
White pom poms

Cut a hole about the size of a penny in the bottle (adults only).  Wrap the straws in Duct tape and attach them to the plastic bottle (like legs).
Have the child cut the sheep head out of black construction paper and attach two googly eyes, or make the eyes out of construction paper.  Then have the child glue cotton balls all over the body of the sheep. Don't forget to make him a tail!

Now for the fun part! Have the child put the cotton balls through the hole in the sheep's back.  He can use his fingers to work on a pincer grasp, or he can use the tongs to put the cotton balls into the container.  Either way, your child is working those fine motor skills. Because one hand is needed to stabilize the sheep, the activity is great for bilateral skills as well!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Back to School Craft Idea for Kids!

This fun back to school craft idea for kids will be a hit, especially for your animal loving students.  This cute lion art project is fun and easy to complete!  Start with the template below.
Supplies needed:
Lion template (see above)
Several yellow cupcake paper baking cups
Construction paper- blue and yellow.
Scissors and glue
Thin magic markers
Use the template and have the child trace the body and head of the lion onto the yellow construction paper, then have him cut them both out.  Provide assistance as needed. Cutting along the line for the tail is quite challenging.  Have the student use the markers to draw the eyes, nose, mouth on the face and the markings for the legs and toes.  Glue the body to the blue construction paper, then glue two or three or the cups where the head goes.  Glue the decorated lion face in place.  Cut several small strips from another cupcake paper baking cup and glue them on the tip of the lion's tail (see below).
Here is your lion!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sensory Lap Pads!

Check out these "sensory lap pads" made by members of the Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild!  This is such a creative idea! Members of the guild sewed these as a service project.
The wonderful thing about them is that they are portable! Just fold and snap and you can take it anywhere.
This will be my next sewing project!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A Wonderful College Resource for Students with Disabilities!

We Connect Now is a website dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting individuals with disabilities, with a focus on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. The website provides resources and information that helps college students with disabilities to succeed in their studies by getting the information and support they need!  Click on the following link to visit We Connect Now!
Images used with permission from We Connect Now website.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Does your child have difficulty zipping? Try this!

Here is a quick and easy idea to help a child manipulate a zipper on a backpack, lunchbox, or jacket. All you need is a medium to large sized split key ring.
The zipper pull will need to have a small hole in it. Attach the key ring to the zipper pull.
This will make it easier to grasp and pull the zipper. With a little practice, your child will be zipping and unzipping independently!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Design Copy Worksheet Activity

Research reveals that there is a relationship between written language and the ability to draw or copy designs. If a child has problems with visual perceptual skills, fine motor skills, or visual motor integration, design copy activities can be an effective therapeutic activity.

Here are several of examples of “do it yourself” design copy worksheets that I frequently use with children who have visual motor challenges. The activity can be graded (made more challenging) by increasing the number of dots.  Kids typically enjoy attempting to copy the designs, and this is a fun way to work on directionality,  motor planning, attention to task, and visual motor skills.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Therapeutic Benefits of Flow: Storytelling Cards

I’m excited to tell you about this fun storytelling card game! Use the 48 beautifully illustrated cards that can be used to make up a story with your client. There are also 4 blank cards that you or your client can use to add characters, places, or objects when making up the story.

The set includes instructions for several different ways to play the game, including “creating a story chain” and “story race.”

In addition to working on storytelling, these cards are perfect for addressing additional skills, such as naming colors, objects, and shapes, as well as sequencing. They are also wonderful for language development, including using adjectives and adverbs appropriately.  The illustrations are appropriate for adult or pediatric clients. For more information, or to order a set, click HERE.