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Children: Developmental Activities

OT activities for children from the American Occupational Therapy Association. Pins and repins do not imply endorsement.

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Children: Developmental Activities

Children: Developmental Activities

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Before You Say I'm Bored... the Bored Board & Lots of Outdoor Activities

Yes, toddlers can learn how to use scissor safely and appropriately with these 5 easy ideas for introducing scissor skills for toddlers.

5 Easy Ways to Introduce Scissor Skills for Toddlers

Awesome ideas to feed a child's sensory system to help them pay attention!


Simple Tunnel Play Activities for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Promote baby milestones, social skills, sibling play, sensory processing and more! CanDo Kiddo

12 Simple Tunnel Games For Babies, Toddlers And Preschoolers

Make this DIY dry erase white board travel kit for your next vacation, long car ride, or flight with kids. You could even take this on the go while waiting at restaurants and waiting rooms. Kids will love to draw, write, and do more with this busy bag activity!

DIY Whiteboard Busy Bag Kids Travel Kit

Does Crawling Matter?: An Occupational Therapist Explores the Benefits of Crawling

Does Crawling Matter?: The Benefits of Crawling

5 Tips for Choosing Great Baby Toys for development. CanDo Kiddo. How to find open-ended toys: Look for toys that can be used in many different ways - ones that don't have one desired response from your child.

Choosing The Best Toys For Baby: Tips From A Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Get 90+ chores and heavy work activities from pediatric occupational therapists.

90+ Heavy Work Activities & Chores for Kids as a Solution to Aggression - Checking the Pulse - AOTA Blogs - OTConnections

Kids can explore all of the senses in a relaxing and calming sensory garden! Sight, smell, touch, sound, taste, proprioception, and vestibular senses are addressed with gardening!

Sensory Gardening with Kids

make stress balls

Make Your Own Squishy Ball - Therapy Fun Zone

This looks like SO MUCH FUN! Using wheels and paint to create a masterpiece (while the kiddos develop their vestibular systems!). On Heather G. | Golden Reflections Blog by The Inspired Treehouse

W is for Wheels Sensory Play
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    The Inspired Treehouse

    Thanks AOTA Inc ! It was a beautiful day for painting with wheels!!

Chores for kids...they’re great for fostering independence, promoting a sense of responsibility, and making kids feel like capable members of a household.


Self regulation chart with Minecraft! Help kids learn how to identify feeling and actions using a 5-point scale, all relating to Minecraft characters. Found via @OTmommyblog

Jacobs Family Blog: Self Regulation - Minecraft 5 Point Scale

10 Engaging Outdoor Activities for Kids: Ideas from Occupational Therapists

10 Engaging Outdoor Learning Activities for Kids

40 Heavy Work Activities for Kids

40 Heavy Work Activities for Kids

Worried about your young child being right or left-handed? It doesn't matter. Give young children opportunity to use both hands

Right or left handed? -

Once your child no longer puts items in his or her mouth, you can try out one of these 10 play dough activities for toddlers!

10 Play Dough Activities for Toddlers

How to Talk About Bullying Without Being Cheesy - Tips for OTs from Rosalind Wiseman (whose book was the basis of Mean Girls!).

How to Talk About Bullying Without Being Cheesy & More Tips from Rosalind Wiseman - Checking the Pulse - AOTA Blogs - OTConnections

Teaching Left-handed Kids to Write: Grasp, Stages, Positioning (Teach Mama)

teaching left handed kids to write: grasp, stages, positioning - teach mama

Using folding accordion-style books to help prevent Torticollis and Flat Head Syndrome & to promote Tummy Time & healthy development. CanDo Kiddo

Using Books to Super-charge Your Baby's Playtime for Healthy Development

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips: Teaching letter formation without paper and pencil!

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips: Sensory Fun: Teaching Letter Formation

What is visual memory and why is it necessary for development of functional skills like handwriting and reading? Tips and activities from to work on visual memory in kids and adults

Sugar Aunts: What is Visual Memory?

OT Practice explores toilet training and autism. Our infographic has tips on using your strengths as an OT Practitioner.

Toilet Training & Autism: Ideas for OT Practitioners Infographic - AOTA

"Occupational therapy is often used to improve fine motor skills, like handwriting. These are two writing samples from a 9-year-old child taken last year, one before beginning occupational therapy and one after."

Sharp Rise in Occupational Therapy Cases at New York’s Schools

Visual Motor Integration developmental milestones for kids 0-5 and activities to work on these eye-hand coordination skills.

Sugar Aunts: Visual Motor Integration Developmental Milestones