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Merry Matching Eraser Game

This Merry Matching Eraser Game is a sure way to enjoy some festive, fine motor fun!  This activity is a wonderful way to address not only fine motor coordination, but also sustained attention, visual perceptual skills and eye hand coordination. The level of challenge...

Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Kids will enjoy making this twist on a classic grilled cheese sandwich!  It's a Turkey Sandwich without the turkey...  but how can that be?!  Using a knife to make 3 simple cuts transforms your plain sandwich into a silly turkey that will be gobbled up in no time!...

Fine Motor Clothespin Turkey

Clip-on clothespin feathers are the perfect accessory for this turkey's dressing!  This cute and clever craft is perfect for preschoolers to strengthen their fingers.  This craft also involves following directions and is excellent practice for cutting, coloring,...

Turkey Cookie

These tiny Turkey Cookies will be gobbled up in no time! Use ready made ingredients to assemble this Thanksgiving Turkey Cookie craft.  There are several skills that your child will practice to make these adorable cookies, whether it's a single treat or a flock of...

Pressed Leaf Placemat

Q:  Why do leaves fall from dogwood trees? A:  They're afraid of the bark. Q:  How do leaves get from place to place? A:  They use Autumn-obiles. The season of Fall brings a smile to my face (as do corny jokes and pumpkin spice lattes!).  Fall is the perfect time of...

Spooky Slime

Let's get messy!  In occupational therapy we have a few good and gooey reasons to make slime! Introducing different textures in a fun way can help some kids improve their tolerance to wet and sticky textures.  When your child can tolerate other wet and squishy...

Pumpkin Fidget

Is your child constantly touching things?  Does your student have trouble sitting still while listening or while waiting?   Do you ever find yourself saying, "Keep your hands to yourself!"  If the answer is yes, then this Pumpkin Balloon Fidget is a super sensory...

Jack O’ Lantern Cookie

These cute Jack O' Lantern Cookies are SO easy to make it's scary! Use ready made ingredients to assemble this Halloween cookie craft.  There are several skills that your child will practice to make these adorable cookies, whether it's a single treat or a platter of...

Spooktacular Halloween Snacks

This is probably the only time I don't mind hearing "Boos" from my kids at the kitchen table!  Your kids will surely think these Ghost Quesadillas are a spooktacular snack. Classic quesadillas are kids favorite and they can be customized in so many ways. These cheesy...

Pumpkin Bash

There's something so satisfying about pounding pegs into a pumpkin!  Channel your child's desire to hit or pound something with this Pumpkin Bash activity.  Using a wooden mallet to pound push-pins or golf tees into a pumpkin provides practice for fine motor skills...

Pencil Cookie

Go ahead, chew on this pencil eraser!  As a matter of fact, feel free to eat the entire pencil.... cookie pencil that is!  This graham cracker pencil cookie is sure to inspire your young writer.  "Pick up your pencil" will have a whole new meaning after you've tried...

Backpack Strategies for Parents and Students

Happy Backpack Awareness Month! The American Occupational Therapy Association provides some excellent tips for backpack wearing plus some bonus strategies for packing a purse. Check out the links below with free handouts provided by AOTA.The 1,2,3's of Basic Backpack...

Back To School Party

How are you feeling about going back to school? Do you have the back to school blues?  Feeling nervous?  Excited?  Or perhaps "nerve-cited" as one of my little clients described how she felt about starting kindergarten.  However you feel,  going back to school after...

Teddy Berry Parfait

Hooray for Parfaits!  Try this scrumptious, parfait made with your favorite yogurt and fresh fruit mix ins.  Add crunchy granola and a teddy graham topping to create this nutritious snack.  Or make it ahead of time for a healthy, no prep breakfast.  Your kids will...

Teddy Bear Beach Cookie

This adorable Teddy Bear Beach Cookie complete with a sandy beach is sure to make a splash at your next pool party!  Kids can make a teddy bear sunbathing on a tiny towel or floating in a sweet, swim ring.  Beach life has never tasted so good!TEDDY BEAR BEACH COOKIE...

Super Simple Lemonade Recipe

On those hot summer days, nothing beats the heat like an icy cold, refreshing glass of lemonade.  Here's my favorite recipe for fresh squeezed lemonade!  When you make it from scratch it's way better than the powdered stuff and also a fun, simple activity for kids in...

Sensory Travel Tips: How To Prevent Meltdowns in Fantasy Land and Any Other Destination

Vacations are definitely something to look forward to this summer!  Exploring new cities, discovering the national parks, relaxing at the beach or enjoying amusement parks are just some of the wonderful adventures that will create lasting memories for years to come. ...

The Benefits Of Kids In The Kitchen

These yummy snacks ideas are designed especially for kids and focus on specific developmental skills.  In addition to getting to eat a tasty treat, the process of making a snack offers specific therapeutic value. Here are the benefits of kids in the kitchen......

Flag Cookie

This 4th of July Flag Cookie is a sweet way to celebrate Independence Day!  Learn how to make these miniature Flag Cookies by watching the video tutorial.  Hope you have a blast celebrating the 4th! 🎆 Have your kids write out these simple directions on the Free...

FREE-Festive Flag Paper and 4th of July Writing Prompts

The 4th of July is right around the corner and it's the time of year that's full of special memories of celebrating America's Independence!  Many traditions, backyard BBQs, fireworks and summer memories are made around this time of year.  It's the perfect opportunity...

A Pediatrician’s Best Safety & Travel Tips

To all the conscientious, safety minded parents out there... that includes all of us! You've gotta watch this video clip on Summer Safety and Travel Tips from one of our local pediatricians who is also a mom to two young children.  Play It Forward proudly introduces...

Rocket Launcher Craft for Teaching Self-Regulation

3...2...1... BLAST OFF!  Launch these mini rockets with a deep breath! The deeper the breath, the bigger the boost for your rocket!  This Rocket Launching craft is a SENSational way to work on fine motor skills and can be used to practice taking deep breaths. Why is...

Get ready for a Sensational Summer with Play It Forward’s Summer Series

Congrats everyone!   We made it through another school year and summer is here!  Are you ready for a sensational summer?  Summer time is a unique and exciting time of year.  There's so much to look forward to in the way of vacations, road trips, family outings and...

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Tired of making ho-hum sandwiches for lunch? Add this Ice Cream sandwich idea into your weekly lunch rotation for a cool surprise. Kids will love having "dessert" for lunch with these adorable, ice cream shaped sandwiches made with the usual sandwich ingredients....

Ice Cream Cone Cookie

I Scream.  You Scream.  We All Scream for Ice Cream!  Go ahead and have a spoon full of ice cream!  I created this Mini Ice Cream Cookie Craft to celebrate the end of the school year and to welcome summer! These easy to make Mini Ice Cream Cone Cookies encourage fine...

CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Fine Motor Clothespin Turkey

Clip-on clothespin feathers are the perfect accessory for this turkey's dressing!  This cute and clever craft is perfect for preschoolers to strengthen their fingers.  This craft also involves following directions and is excellent practice for cutting, coloring,...

Backpack Strategies for Parents and Students

Happy Backpack Awareness Month! The American Occupational Therapy Association provides some excellent tips for backpack wearing plus some bonus strategies for packing a purse. Check out the links below with free handouts provided by AOTA.The 1,2,3's of Basic Backpack...

Sensory Travel Tips: How To Prevent Meltdowns in Fantasy Land and Any Other Destination

Vacations are definitely something to look forward to this summer!  Exploring new cities, discovering the national parks, relaxing at the beach or enjoying amusement parks are just some of the wonderful adventures that will create lasting memories for years to come. ...

A Pediatrician’s Best Safety & Travel Tips

To all the conscientious, safety minded parents out there... that includes all of us! You've gotta watch this video clip on Summer Safety and Travel Tips from one of our local pediatricians who is also a mom to two young children.  Play It Forward proudly introduces...

The 8 Sensory Systems

Do you know what the 5 senses are?  How about the 3 hidden senses?

The 3 Primary Patterns of Sensory Processing Disorder

Here's a brief overview of the patterns of Sensory Processing Disorder that we see in both kids (and adults).  Current research indicates there are 6 primary subtypes that fall under the 3  primary patterns. A person may have anywhere from 1 to 8 of the sensory...

Occupational Therapy Preschool Screening Checklist

  How are things going at preschool?  Do you have a 3, 4 or 5 year old at home?  Occupational Therapists help preschoolers get ready for kindergarten by helping them build important fine motor, sensory processing and social skills.  If your child is experiencing...

7 Healthy Homework Habits

Does any of this sound familiar at your house?  "I don't want to do my homework."  "It's so boring."  "I hate homework!" Well, you're not alone. This is a common scenario across millions of  households in America.  I get it... homework can be very challenging for a...

Occupational Therapy School Age Screening Checklist

How are things going at school?  Do you think your student could use a boost?   OTs at school help kids improve motor skills, handwriting legibility, sensory processing and social skills.  If your student is experiencing any of the following that are interfering with...

What Every Parent Should Know About Sensory Processing Disorder

This blog post is especially for parents!  First off, thank you for visiting Play It Forward, it shows that you are invested in your child's development and learning more about "what makes your child tick?"  Often kids with Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD spend...

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

What is Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD? Do you ever find yourself asking, "I wonder if ________ has sensory processing disorder?"  But, what exactly is sensory processing disorder or SPD?   Perhaps the kid your thinking of is your own child or a student in your...

SENSORY PROCESSING

The 8 Sensory Systems

Do you know what the 5 senses are?  How about the 3 hidden senses?

The 3 Primary Patterns of Sensory Processing Disorder

Here's a brief overview of the patterns of Sensory Processing Disorder that we see in both kids (and adults).  Current research indicates there are 6 primary subtypes that fall under the 3  primary patterns. A person may have anywhere from 1 to 8 of the sensory...

What Every Parent Should Know About Sensory Processing Disorder

This blog post is especially for parents!  First off, thank you for visiting Play It Forward, it shows that you are invested in your child's development and learning more about "what makes your child tick?"  Often kids with Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD spend...

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

What is Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD? Do you ever find yourself asking, "I wonder if ________ has sensory processing disorder?"  But, what exactly is sensory processing disorder or SPD?   Perhaps the kid your thinking of is your own child or a student in your...

ACTIVITIES

Merry Matching Eraser Game

This Merry Matching Eraser Game is a sure way to enjoy some festive, fine motor fun!  This activity is a wonderful way to address not only fine motor coordination, but also sustained attention, visual perceptual skills and eye hand coordination. The level of challenge...

Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Kids will enjoy making this twist on a classic grilled cheese sandwich!  It's a Turkey Sandwich without the turkey...  but how can that be?!  Using a knife to make 3 simple cuts transforms your plain sandwich into a silly turkey that will be gobbled up in no time!...

Fine Motor Clothespin Turkey

Clip-on clothespin feathers are the perfect accessory for this turkey's dressing!  This cute and clever craft is perfect for preschoolers to strengthen their fingers.  This craft also involves following directions and is excellent practice for cutting, coloring,...

Turkey Cookie

These tiny Turkey Cookies will be gobbled up in no time! Use ready made ingredients to assemble this Thanksgiving Turkey Cookie craft.  There are several skills that your child will practice to make these adorable cookies, whether it's a single treat or a flock of...

Pressed Leaf Placemat

Q:  Why do leaves fall from dogwood trees? A:  They're afraid of the bark. Q:  How do leaves get from place to place? A:  They use Autumn-obiles. The season of Fall brings a smile to my face (as do corny jokes and pumpkin spice lattes!).  Fall is the perfect time of...

Spooky Slime

Let's get messy!  In occupational therapy we have a few good and gooey reasons to make slime! Introducing different textures in a fun way can help some kids improve their tolerance to wet and sticky textures.  When your child can tolerate other wet and squishy...

Pumpkin Fidget

Is your child constantly touching things?  Does your student have trouble sitting still while listening or while waiting?   Do you ever find yourself saying, "Keep your hands to yourself!"  If the answer is yes, then this Pumpkin Balloon Fidget is a super sensory...

Jack O’ Lantern Cookie

These cute Jack O' Lantern Cookies are SO easy to make it's scary! Use ready made ingredients to assemble this Halloween cookie craft.  There are several skills that your child will practice to make these adorable cookies, whether it's a single treat or a platter of...

Spooktacular Halloween Snacks

This is probably the only time I don't mind hearing "Boos" from my kids at the kitchen table!  Your kids will surely think these Ghost Quesadillas are a spooktacular snack. Classic quesadillas are kids favorite and they can be customized in so many ways. These cheesy...

Pumpkin Bash

There's something so satisfying about pounding pegs into a pumpkin!  Channel your child's desire to hit or pound something with this Pumpkin Bash activity.  Using a wooden mallet to pound push-pins or golf tees into a pumpkin provides practice for fine motor skills...

Pencil Cookie

Go ahead, chew on this pencil eraser!  As a matter of fact, feel free to eat the entire pencil.... cookie pencil that is!  This graham cracker pencil cookie is sure to inspire your young writer.  "Pick up your pencil" will have a whole new meaning after you've tried...

Back To School Party

How are you feeling about going back to school? Do you have the back to school blues?  Feeling nervous?  Excited?  Or perhaps "nerve-cited" as one of my little clients described how she felt about starting kindergarten.  However you feel,  going back to school after...

Teddy Berry Parfait

Hooray for Parfaits!  Try this scrumptious, parfait made with your favorite yogurt and fresh fruit mix ins.  Add crunchy granola and a teddy graham topping to create this nutritious snack.  Or make it ahead of time for a healthy, no prep breakfast.  Your kids will...

Teddy Bear Beach Cookie

This adorable Teddy Bear Beach Cookie complete with a sandy beach is sure to make a splash at your next pool party!  Kids can make a teddy bear sunbathing on a tiny towel or floating in a sweet, swim ring.  Beach life has never tasted so good!TEDDY BEAR BEACH COOKIE...

Super Simple Lemonade Recipe

On those hot summer days, nothing beats the heat like an icy cold, refreshing glass of lemonade.  Here's my favorite recipe for fresh squeezed lemonade!  When you make it from scratch it's way better than the powdered stuff and also a fun, simple activity for kids in...

The Benefits Of Kids In The Kitchen

These yummy snacks ideas are designed especially for kids and focus on specific developmental skills.  In addition to getting to eat a tasty treat, the process of making a snack offers specific therapeutic value. Here are the benefits of kids in the kitchen......

Flag Cookie

This 4th of July Flag Cookie is a sweet way to celebrate Independence Day!  Learn how to make these miniature Flag Cookies by watching the video tutorial.  Hope you have a blast celebrating the 4th! 🎆 Have your kids write out these simple directions on the Free...

FREE-Festive Flag Paper and 4th of July Writing Prompts

The 4th of July is right around the corner and it's the time of year that's full of special memories of celebrating America's Independence!  Many traditions, backyard BBQs, fireworks and summer memories are made around this time of year.  It's the perfect opportunity...

Rocket Launcher Craft for Teaching Self-Regulation

3...2...1... BLAST OFF!  Launch these mini rockets with a deep breath! The deeper the breath, the bigger the boost for your rocket!  This Rocket Launching craft is a SENSational way to work on fine motor skills and can be used to practice taking deep breaths. Why is...

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Tired of making ho-hum sandwiches for lunch? Add this Ice Cream sandwich idea into your weekly lunch rotation for a cool surprise. Kids will love having "dessert" for lunch with these adorable, ice cream shaped sandwiches made with the usual sandwich ingredients....

Ice Cream Cone Cookie

I Scream.  You Scream.  We All Scream for Ice Cream!  Go ahead and have a spoon full of ice cream!  I created this Mini Ice Cream Cookie Craft to celebrate the end of the school year and to welcome summer! These easy to make Mini Ice Cream Cone Cookies encourage fine...

Butterfly Cookie

Add this delicious Butterfly Cookie activity to your next science lesson and your kids will be sure to remember all of the stages in the Life Cycle of a Butterfly! The focus when creating this butterfly themed cookie craft is on fine motor skills, writing and...

Butterfly Sandwich

These pretty Butterfly Sandwiches show off the beautiful colors of spring produce... emerald green lettuce, crimson peppers and deep purple leaves!  Imagine the fun while shopping to find the most colorful veggies for these butterfly sandwiches.  It's never too early...

Bird Nest Cookie

Bird Nest Cookie Recipe Welcome spring with this adorable bird nest cookie!  Practice dexterity skills to build the nest with chocolate "mud" and crunchy "twigs".  These tiny "tweets" are sure to please at your next spring time gathering...   Here's what you'll need...

Gardening Fine Motor Fun

Imagine a gardening activity that will help your child's fine motor skills blossom! Get ready for spring time with these easy garden activities to strengthen your child's fine motor skills!  Gardening is such a sensory rich experience... from the sounds of the birds,...