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Dot Art

Dot Art

Parents and teachers frequently ask, “What’s the best way to introduce drawing and writing?”  My knee jerk response: “Throw away the pencils and workbooks!” Exploration through a variety of mediums is a great way to get a child loving the creative process of drawing and eventually writing. Dot art is a perfect way to start […]

Trigger Toys: Strengthening one Finge...

Trigger Toys: Strengthening one Finger at a Time

Good fine motor dexterity requires each finger to get fairly strong and be able to move in several directions with ease.   The perfect motion to strengthen the pointer finger is pulling a trigger.  This posed a big problem for me.  I did not allow my own children to play with guns (OK so my […]

Advanced Spinners: To Strengthen Pinc...

Advanced Spinners: To Strengthen Pincer Grasp and More!

Even though my children are grown up, no mater where I travel, I always find my way to the toy stores to look for new, interesting toys.  Museum shops have the best!  I discovered this Spinner at The General Store in Vermont during a ski trip.  It’s harder than is looks and captivates the interest […]

Salad Spinner

Salad Spinner

As a working mother, meal time was always a challenge.  Juggling homework help, checking voice messages (we had telephone answering machines back then), cooking dinner AND squeezing in the “family quality time” often took heroic efforts. Having your child help in the kitchen can be a nice way to spend quality time together. Using a […]

Salad Spinner Artwork

Salad Spinner Artwork

This project uses the spinner in the classroom.  It is a great way to incorporate art and science into one fun activity! Benefits: The spinner provides a fascinating visual experience.  This helps draw children’s visual attention to the activity. Placing the greens into the bowl helps develop eye hand skills and stimulates touch receptors.  For younger children position both […]

Sponge-Stencil Art

Sponge-Stencil Art

I love when I find an activity that works for all ages.  With the right amount of help even the littlest hands can manage this simple project.  It is easy to do and materials are inexpensive. Benefits: The sponge should be held between the thumb, pointer and middle fingers.  This strengthens the muscles used for […]

Spring Artwork

Spring Artwork

  When beauty meet utility we have a perfect creation! There are so many great things going on (developmentally speaking) as a child “creates” this work of art. Introduce concepts of science and you have a block buster learning experience!     For example: Collecting specimens on nature walks Learning the concepts of “natural dyes) […]

Peeler

Peeler

I have recently learned that an excellent source for potassium is found in the skins or outer layer of a carrot.  So, I’m not sure you want to peel off all that nutrition.  However, carrots also are easy to hold and are a terrific introduction to peeling for younger children. When it comes to teaching […]

Happy Hanukkah! Tops and Dreidels

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Age old simple toys are often packed with the most benefit.   Take the Dreidel, a simple gift found during the holiday season.  These toys offer a fine motor challenge that refines the pincer grasp and increases coordination of the fingers. Benefits: Visual focus:  holding the toy correctly requires guidance from the eyes and visual attention. […]

Fidget Toys

Fidget Toys

One of my favorites is the “squeeze toy” pictured above. It allows the child to squeeze when turned into a ball and this stimulates proprioceptors, which you may recall, help inhibit unecessary stimulation in the brain.  In essence, it provides calming stimulation.  When the ball is turned inside out it becomes this “spiky” thing that provides tactile […]

Scissors

Scissors

Ever wonder why every preschool, kindergarten and first grade have a myriad of cut and paste projects?  There are so many integrating skills that develop when using scissors.  In a perfect world, early childhood programs would throw away all the pencils and have the students cut out strips of paper and combine to form all […]

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