Frustration Free Way for Kids to Sign Every Card!

This past week at school I made “friendship cards” with my students so they could practice the art form of writing their names legibly and in those teeny tiny spaces before we handed them out to friends and teachers. As an OT I really value children being able to write their name by themselves, legibly. […]

Family Doodle Book Review & Giveaway

Traveling from school to school working with children of all ages on writing and drawing, there are a few invaluable resources that have permanent homes inside my work bag. The Family Doodle Book is one of the latest. If you have a child who struggles to write,  homework and those dreaded “open responses” that are […]

Matics Math Card Game for Kids

I’ve always hated math. Honestly. I went to Catholic school from Kindergarten through 3rd grade and entered public school in 4th grade because by then my beautiful cursive penmanship couldn’t mask my inability to count money or tell time. I had a tutor for the summer and when I entered 4th grade, because leveling wasn’t […]

Teaching Kids to Write With Kids Writing Apps

Everyday as an occupational therapist I’m teaching kids to write letters, numbers and draw pictures.  For most of the children I work with who are challenged by how they hold a pencil, or the ability to pay attention, it’s a daunting task, often met with refusal, especially when I hand over the dreaded pencil and […]

Step2 All Around Art Easel For Kids

Being an occupational therapist, art easels for kids are a popular recommendation. But why? Not only do they provide a place for kids to be creative, and explore all sorts of messy art mediums like chalk, paint, markers, and crayons, there is something really special about the design of an easel that helps promote certain […]

Need a travel game this summer for kids of all ages?

The Everything “A to Z” Peek-a-Boo Bag by International Playthings is a great activity to keep your children quickly entertained, especially if you are traveling with the kids this summer and need something lightweight and easy to take along where ever you might be headed off to. I love the versatility of this game, because […]

PixOs! PixOs! PixOs!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been reviewing PixOs, yet another fabulous arts and crafts type activity created by Spinmaster (designers of Aquadoodle, Moon Sand, Aquasand) where children create designs from a template using small colored beads that are brought to life with the spray of WATER! As an OT we have spent many a […]

Leapfrog Scribble & Write Review by Toy Queen

The Scribble & Write by Leap Frog is a great educational tool to assist young preschool and elementary school age children in writing upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet. What’s great about this toy is that there is a drawing tool to help children over the age of 3 who are not developmentally ready […]

Fun with Fruit by Small World Toys Educational & Developmental Toy Review by Keri Wilmot

Fun with Fruit by Small World Toys Excellent addition to any kitchen set for birthday or holiday gift, is the Small World Toys Fun with Fruit and Peel and Play Vegetable Sets. I’ve combined two sets to make a variety of different fruits/vegetables. There are tomatoes, oranges, pineapples, apples, broccoli, and peppers. The pieces are […]

Incorporating Handwriting Through The Game Memory

As the school year has come to a close, most families have begun to make the shift to the sun and fun mode, cherishing all those nice things summer has to offer like family vacations, trips to the playground, and active days at the pool. However, a question I get from parents frequently at this […]

Cranium Cariboo is a Great, Educational Game for Kids

Cranium Cariboo An excellent game choice for kids ages 24 months through elementary school is Cranium Cariboo. This game is great for turn taking and for households with siblings who are different age ranges. Different balls are placed in the top and they will randomly hide in behind a compartment. Children pick different cards that […]

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