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DIY HANDWRITING TOOLKIT

This handwriting toolkit keeps everything you need to practice handwriting in one handy place. Perfect for therapists on the go, teachers to use in classrooms, or parents and homeschool parents to use at home.

Read it: http://www.growinghandsonkids.com/diy-handwriting-toolkit.html

Pin it: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199143614753595025/

#Handwriting #PediOT #Homeschooling 
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CALMING NO-COOK PLAY DOUGH RECIPE

We have been on a homemade play dough kick recently, ever since making play dough kits as gifts for Christmas. My daughter asked me to make a duck themed play dough kit for her, so I decided to also make some calming no-cook play dough for it.

Read it: http://www.growinghandsonkids.com/calming-no-cook-play-dough-recipe.html

Pin it: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199143614753513243/

#PlayDough #SensoryPlay #SensoryProcessing #HandsOnKidsActivities 
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DIY FINE MOTOR TOOLKIT

Do you ever see an idea and think “I wish I had thought of this sooner?”. Yup, this happened to me when I attended my state’s Occupational Therapy Association conference in November and saw a spin on this idea as a raffle. It was originally a handwriting toolkit (which I plan on creating and posting too), but I decided to do a fine motor toolkit spin on it.

Fine motor skills development is so important for your child’s future skills in school, so having everything on hand and in one place is a great way to keep practicing these skills.

Read it: http://www.growinghandsonkids.com/diy-fine-motor-toolkit.html

Pin it: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199143614753556730/

#FineMotorSkills #PediOT #FineMotor
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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY RECOMMENDED GIFTS FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

It’s that time of year when everyone is looking for gift ideas for those on their list. If you are shopping for a child with special needs or any child really, I wanted to share some Occupational Therapy recommended gift ideas for all ages.

Read it: http://www.growinghandsonkids.com/occupational-therapy-recommended-gift-ideas.html

Pin it: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199143614753197703/

#OccupationalTherapy #OT #GiftGuide 
It's that time of year when everyone is looking for gift ideas for those on their list. If you are shopping for a child with special needs or any child really, I wanted to share some Occupational Therapy recommended gift ideas for all ages. I should note, these are recommendations in my personal, professional opinion as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and are not officially recommended by the Occupational Therapy organization as a whole. I'm ex...
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Our Favorite Montessori Materials Through the Ages of 0-6

The Christmas season is fast approaching and we’ve already seen an increase in questions about Montessori gift ideas in our Christian Montessori Network Facebook group! Each year we like to share some of our favorite Montessori items and this year we are taking a look a ideas Montessori materials through the ages.

Read it: http://www.christianmontessorinetwork.com/our-favorite-montessori-materials-through-the-ages/

#Montessori #MontessoriMaterials #MontessoriInspired 
Some of our favorite Montessori materials through the ages of 0-6, perfect for those Montessori families on your gift list this year!
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Why use a super small pencil for teaching #handwriting? +Colleen SugarAunts explains why! Great tips!

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Small Pencil Better Pencil Grasp
Writing with a small pencil is a fine motor strengthening power tool.  When kids use a small pencil to write (or small crayons to color), they are building the strength in their hands, allowing for increased endurance in writing and coloring tasks.  The pos...
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10 BODY AWARENESS ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Does your child always run into doors, not paying attention to where they are in space, or always falling? Maybe they just seem like they are generally clumsy. They may benefit from some of these body awareness activities.

Read it: http://www.growinghandsonkids.com/10-body-awareness-activities-kids.html

Pin it: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199143614753441143/

#PediOT #OccupationalTherapyTips #BodyAwareness 
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12 FUNCTIONAL SKILLS FOR KIDS

Over the last year, I have had the privilege of working with 8 other pediatric Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists in the Functional Skills for Kids series. Each month we took at look at various topics in child development and broke them down into all the skills kids need to master these tasks.

I wanted to share a list of all of those posts from the last year, so you can find them in one easy place! Also stay tuned to the end of the most for an exciting announcement from the Functional Skills for Kids team.

Read it: http://www.growinghandsonkids.com/12-functional-skills-kids.html

Pin it: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199143614753545281/

#PediOT #FunctionalSkillsforKids #OccupationalTherapy 
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Acorn Brushing and Counting Activity for Preschoolers

We were on a walk one beautiful fall afternoon, when my 4 year old daughter and I spotted some acorns. We don’t have trees with acorns near our house, so we spent the next 15 minutes or so picking up acorns and I began planning some activities in my head.

She really enjoyed the acorn brushing and counting activity I came up with. It’s perfect for any preschool age child!

Read it: http://www.growinghandsonkids.com/acorn-brushing-and-counting-activity-for-preschoolers.html

Pin it: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199143614753282787/

#KBNmoms #Preschool #PreschoolatHome #MontessoriInspired 
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LEARNING HOW TO USE BUTTONS, SNAPS, ZIPPERS, AND BUCKLES THROUGH PLAY

It's time for another #FunctionalSkillsforKids series post and today we are all talking about clothing fasteners like buttons, snaps, zippers, and buckles. Lots of fun ideas to practice these skills in this post.

Read it: http://www.growinghandsonkids.com/learning-how-to-use-buttons-snaps-zippers-and-buckles-through-play.html

Pin it: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199143614753241691/

#PediOT #OTTips #OccupationalTherapy #LearningThroughPlay 
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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCHOOL BASED AND CLINIC BASED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES

I am excited to have Dr. Holly Ann Six, OTD, OTR/L sharing a guest post with all of you today. One of the most confusing topics in Occupational Therapy for parents, teachers, and even other therapists is the difference between School based and Clinic Based Occupational Therapy Services. Today Holly is going to try and explain the differences with pros and cons of each!

Read it: http://www.growinghandsonkids.com/difference-school-based-clinic-based-occupational-therapy-services.html

Pin it: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199143614752752789/

#PediOT #SchoolOT #ClinicOT #OccupationalTherapy
What is the difference between school based and clinic based pediatric Occupational Therapy services? A lot more than you might think!
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TYPICAL FINE MOTOR DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES FOR AGES 0-6

We all hear about the developmental milestones our children should hit like rolling over, crawling, or walking. But fine motor skill milestones are just as important to your child’s overall development.

Today I want to share fine motor developmental milestones for ages 0-6. There is a free printable at the end, so you can print this list off and keep it handy if you ever have any questions.

Post: http://www.growinghandsonkids.com/typical-fine-motor-developmental-milestones-ages-0-6-free-printable.html

Pin it: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199143614752733810/

#FineMotorSkills #OTTips #OccupationalTherapy 
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Encouraging Independence, one activity at a time. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant turned homeschool mom blogger.
Introduction

My name is Heather Greutman, I am a homeschool graduate turned homeschool mom blogger and I love to share my passion for homeschooling, children’s activities,  and raising my daughter in a Christian home.

On Growing Hands-On Kids, I encourage independence, one activity at a time. I pray that my reflections and words are “fitly spoken like apples of Gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11.

I love creating sensory activities for children, sharing handwriting skill tips, and fine motor skill activity ideas with my readers. 

I am also an ebook author! My ebook, Basic Shapes for Beginners is a 6 week, hands-on guide to pre-writing strokes for preschoolers. 

You can also find the free homeschool and Occupational Therapy printables I share on my blog. 

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