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LOVE when kids inspire ideas! This kiddo wanted to add “crayon legs” to his monster! What an awesome way to motivate young ones to work on prewriting strokes! It also works on mid grade control because if they push too hard it will break the monster! So cute 😊#shiningstarstherapy #finemotorfun #prewritingskills #prewritingactivity #therapyisfun #pediatricot #pediatricoccupationaltherapy

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✨SILLY STRAW ANIMAL RACE ✨
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If you watched my story from yesterday you know that I have a slight obsession with @dollartree
One of my favorite finds over the years have been these plastic silly straws! 🥤
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In my class we have used them to make Calder inspired sculptures, as an instrument with some play dough, but our favorite way to use them is threading with beads or now these cute pencil grip erasers! This activity is perfect for practicing hand/eye coordination, patience and fine motor strengthening ☝🏻 and best of all it was so simple to set up and cost $2. .
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HOW WOULD YOU USE THE SILLY STRAWS IN YOUR CLASSROOM? 👩🏻‍🏫
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I bought an alphabet strip at the Dollar Tree, cut it and laminated it. Not only are the letters good for covering up the ugly marks on this chalkboard in our Motor Room 😬, but I plan on using them to practice visual scanning, letter recognition and writing with the kids. Give them a ball and ask them to scan the board to find "F". Then have them throw the ball to hit the letter. After they hit the letter they can practice writing it. You can also have them race against a peer using a fly swatter. We might have to lower some of the letters for that 😊

Fine motor fun with some creative kids #Shapeeze #FineMotorFun https://shapeeze.com.au/

Fine motor fun with some creative kids #Shapeeze #FineMotorFun https://shapeeze.com.au/

Apple Pie Moon Dough- if you need a quick activity for after naps, this is a good one and it goes with our book pick for today. Moon dough is 8 Cups flour, 1 C Vegetable Oil, and some Apple Pie Spice. If you don’t have apple pie spice, your kids will never know and I won’t tell 😉 I added in some letters, apples, muffin molds, and some tools for playing! This will save if you put a lid on it after you’re done playing! Enjoy! 🍎 🍏 .
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#applepiemoondough #toddler #lifewithlittles #dallas #dallasmomchronicles #finemotorfun #alphabet #momlife #sensoryplay

@bowralpsmarket last weekend I was captivated by the early daffodils. This fragile looking - but cfcrry hardy - flower reminds me of growing up in England. Ahhh #childhood 😉
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Did you know that fine motor activity in a child’s early years help them refine their pincer grasp (grasping an object with their thumb and pointer finger using their preferred hand) and that that is a precursor to handwriting? By practicing picking up, manipulating, and exercising the small muscles in the palm of the hand you are actually enabling your child to gain control and strength while coloring, drawing, cutting, and forming letters or writing when age appropriate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Many children who do not have strong fine motor skills become more easily frustrated while doing tasks that require writing which can lead to poor self-esteem, anxiety and stress.
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As an Occupational Therapist, my primary recommendation to parents is always PLAY WITH YOUR KIDS EVERY DAY! Here are some ideas for strengthening small muscles and increasing fine motor skills...
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Games like Operation, Lite-Brite, and Trouble (if age appropriate) that reinforce a pincer grasp. ⠀⠀
Hide beads or other objects in putty or play dough and have you child pick the “dough” apart using a pincer grasp. ⠀⠀
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Use chopsticks or tongs that make picking up and releasing objects fun while building strength for writing – they are also fun to eat with! Try having many fun bits and pieces for your child to gather like pom-poms, cotton balls, quarter sized rocks, bottle caps, chalk, and pieces of broken crayons. ⠀⠀
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Have your child use short thin writing implements. Golf pencils, broken pieces of chalk, broken crayons and thin short paint brushes to paint with work best because those materials reinforce a pincer grasp. ⠀⠀
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Invite your child to help with meal preparations and/or serving. If age appropriate, have children cut vegetables with supervision. The cutting process also encourages the use of bi-lateral skills (using two hands in unison while doing a task). ⠀⠀
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Kneading dough and rolling/cutting out cookies are also a great strength building and sensory activity. ⠀⠀⠀
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It’s never too early to start! ✏️ In fact, early intervention is the key 🔑 So, go play and above all else HAVE FUN with your little ones!

🚌 As we inch closer to the school year starting (two weeks, but who’s counting?), I’m working with Peanut on his ability to sit and do more independent work. This was a simple activity using cups and straws from the Dollar Tree. I labeled the bottom of the cups with colored dot stickers, and cut the straws up. Next, I poured them all in a bin. That’s it! Then I let Peanut get to work sorting all the colors. It’s a great activity for fine motor, color recognition, sensory, and sustained attention. Win!

CHALK & WATER LETTER TRACING
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In the spirit of school starting next week, we have been trying to get creative with letters, shapes and name practice ✏️
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Sometimes kids just need a touch of sensory input or a change of environment to get keep their attention for handwriting practice.
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Try tracing letters with water and a paintbrush and watch the magic in their eyes when it starts to disappear 🙀
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My son (age 4) is working on his lower case letters and my daughter (2) is practicing some pre-writing strokes.
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The developmental progression goes like
this 👉 | — O ➕ / 🔲 (vertical line, horizontal line, circle, cross, diagonals then square)
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By age 3, a child should be able to draw a defined circle. After mastering vertical + horizontal lines and also a circle, they can start putting them together to make letters and people and all kinds of fun things 😃🌈
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Since learning diagonals comes later (age 4) letters like A W and Z come later too!
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When I taught 2nd, these were called warm and fuzzies, now they’re the ever so popular Pom Pom! Molly Kate LOVES these!! We’re helping her learn colors right now so I can use this as a double of fine motor and color sorting. These are also a great incentive tool. If you fill the jar with “x” amount, you get “x”. Great indoor activity too for all you rained in Dallas mamas! ☔️ .
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#dallasmoms #dallas #toddler #finemotorfun #colorsorting #pompoms #lifewithlittles #dallasmomchronicles #tinyhands

Kai iš bobutės spintos ištrauki šiaudinę skrybėlę ir nebepaleidi jos iš rankų 💛 valgai ir miegi šalia pasidėjęs, bėgioji, pieši, eini į kiemą... #pirštukųžaidimai taip pat vyksta su ta skrybele ant galvos. Tikra (šiaudinė) meilė, ne kitaip.
Aš iš savo vaikystės atsimenu basutes, kurios man labai patiko ir net kai jas išaugau, vis tiek neleidau jų išmesti. Slėpiau tas gražuoles tokio didelio veidrodžio su atverčiamais šonais stalčiuke. Bet vieną dieną jos dingo... panašu, mano mama buvo įžvalgesnė, nei man galėjo atrodyti.
Ach tie vaikiški įsižiūrėjimai/įsikabinimai... Bet turbūt ir suaugę mes mažai kuo skiriamės nuo vaikų. Juk įvairių aistrų ir pomėgių turi kiekvienas, o ko nepadarysi dėl mylimo megztuko ar batų poros 😉
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👍🏻Brilliant 🔡literary name recognition idea by @prekwolfpack 😍thanks for joining in the CRAFT STICKS theme with 🏷a tag #tagfromtheheart .
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#Repost @prekwolfpack
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NAME RECOGNITION/LETTER MATCHING
Another simple idea using the clothespins from @target
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Watch my story for more details and ideas!
✨popsicle sticks ✨sharpie ✨letter clothespins
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Po visų stovyklų ir išsiskyrimų pratinamės vėl būti visi vienoj krūvoj. Kad būtų kūrybinė nuotaika, įsijungėme muzikos. Taigi fone Linkin Park (vėliau aš išsiprašiau Yiruma 😍). Kas pas jus šiandien fone?😉😇 #suvaikais #pažaiskim52 #letsplay52 #muzikafone #pirštukųžaidimai #smulkiojimotorika #ankstyvasisugdymas #finemotoractivities #finemotorfun #earlyyearsideas #earlyyearslearning .
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We recently celebrated our second birthday 🎂 . Can’t believe we started our business 2 years ago! Time has flown and we’ve loved every minute of it 💕
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Thank you to all of our wonderful customers, stockists and supporters. We would not be where we are today without you!
To continue our celebration we are giving you 20% off orders placed on our website, until Monday next week (20th August). Enter code LUNABLESBDAY during checkout. 🤗

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