DIY- Making a Feltboard

Sometimes simple is better.  With all the fancy toys available, my kids still really enjoy a plain, simple felt board.  I love the simplicity, versatility, and durability of this a feltboard for play and learning.  (It also makes a great, portable vertical surface- see my post here on the benefits of play on vertical surfaces.) How to make your own felt board (no sewing required): Buy one large...
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DIY- How to Make Magnetic Toys

I use magnetic toys a lot at my home and in my work as an occupational therapist.  I love that they stay in place on magnetic surfaces, and that there is a great variety of toys to make or buy and surfaces to use them on.  One of the best features is that magnetic surfaces can be used as a vertical surface- see my post on the benefits of using vertical surfaces in play.   I also enjoy using...
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DIY- Making a Magnet Chalkboard

I will admit that I love using specialty paints to create toys at home.  One of my favorite creations is a simple, magnetic chalkboard that we mounted to the wall (makes a great vertical surface for play- see my post on the benefits of vertical play). Step 1- buy a piece of wood.  Home improvement stores sell 2×2 foot pre-cut pieces that easily fit into cars to transport home. Step 2- buy...
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Creating a Home Sensory and Motor Room

Children love to move.  Children learn through movement.  Children need to move. As an occupational therapist, I frequently tell parents that it is key to create a safe place for your child to move and play.  If your child seeks movement-based play, rather than constantly fighting with them to stop moving/ crashing/ climbing/ running/ etc., it is better to create a safe place where they can meet...
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Everyday, Simple Idea #13: Tape Balance Beam

#13 Tape Balance Beam Painters tape is a great invention.  It gets used around our house for lots of uses other than painting (i.e. hanging children’s art work, dividing work spaces between two children, and making targets on the wall).  My children’s favorite is when we use it to make a line on the floor and use it as a “balance beam.” Benefits of balance beam game:...
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Tactile Sensory Play Ideas: Making Sensory Bins

As an occupational therapist I do a lot of sensory-based tactile play at my work, because it has many benefits for the development of children of all ages (builds motor, visual, sensory, and cognitive skills).  At home, I try to allow my children opportunities to engage in sensory play to allow them to develop their sensory processing skills and build creative, flexible, and higher-level...
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