3 Skills to Practice Before Christmas Arrives

We are just a few days away from Christmas, so I wanted to post a quick note to remind parents to practice some skills before the difficult holiday moments arrive.  Children of all ages and abilities struggles with some of the big moments of the holidays, but helping prepare children through discussion and practice can make these moments less stressful and more enjoyable for everyone. Here are 3...
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Tip for Calming Your Child during this Holiday Season

With the holidays coming quickly, most parents are feeling a mix of excitement and nervousness about the upcoming gatherings of family and friends, holiday concerts, and school parties.  Whether your child loves or hates the holidays, it brings out a lot of strong emotions for both parents and children.  Here are a few reminders about ways you can help your child learn to stay calm in the midst...
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Everyday, Simple Idea # 33: Explore with Old Maps

I am sharing some of the simple, daily things I do at home as a Mom that come from my occupational therapy background. Everyday, Simple Idea # 33: Explore with Old Maps While on a recent family car trip, I was searching the glove box for an ice-scraper and found a collection of old state maps.  With modern cell phones and GPS systems, my state map collection had fallen to the bottom of the glove...
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Everyday Simple Idea #32: Travel Games

We are coming up on a the gift giving season, which leads me to the next few posts in my series of the simple, daily things I do at home as a Mom that come from my occupational therapy background. Everyday, Simple Idea #32: Travel Games I am always checking the dollar bins, game aisles, and garage sales for simple, small travel games.  At holiday times, you can usually find a good selection at...
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3 New Leaf Play Ideas

Fall in Minnesota means piles of crunchy leaves all around.  This year we have gotten lucky with an incredibly long and warm fall, so here are a few more play ideas to keep the kids busy.  Leaves make for many great activities, including motor and sensory play.  Here are 3 new ideas for you to try: 1. Make leaf people. Find a great leaf, glue it to paper, add googly eyes and draw in hands and...
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What to do with Halloween Leftovers?

Now that Halloween is done, most parents are looking a the left-over Halloween stuff and pondering whether you can toss it all yet?   Here are 3 great ideas to get a little more use out of those Halloween things (before you toss them or pack them away) while also engaging children in wonderful developmental activities: 1. Hammer and nails with old pumpkins- grab a handful of nails and a hammer...
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