Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer Olympic Games Freebie Activity

Summer Olympics Freebie

The Summer Olympic Games are only a few weeks away!  This Summer Olympic games freebie activity, Find and Color, is a fun way to encourage visual discrimination and visual motor skills with a Summer Olympic theme.  Find the medal winners and color them the correct color.  This visual perceptual puzzle is just one from the new Summer Olympic Games Packet that is filled with sensory motor and visual perceptual activities and games.  There are 40 Summer Olympic sport cards including:

  1. archery
  2. badminton
  3. basketball
  4. boxing
  5. canoeing
  6. diving
  7. equestrian dressage
  8. equestrian jumping
  9. fencing
  10. golding
  11. gymnastics male
  12. gymnastics female
  13. handball
  14. judo
  15. karate
  16. mountain biking
  17. road cycling
  18. sailing
  19. shooting
  20. swimming
  21. synchronized swimming
  22. table tennis
  23. tennis
  24. track cycling
  25. trampoline
  26. weightlifting
  27. wrestling
  28. soccer
  29. volleyball
  30. running
  31. high jump
  32. javelin
  33. long jumping
  34. hurdles
  35. discus
  36. shotput
  37. hammer
  38. gold medal
  39. silver medal
  40. bronze medal

Summer Olympic Cover

Use the posters and cards in the Summer Olympic Games Packet to encourage literacy, physical activity and just play some fun games!  The packet includes 7 game and activity ideas.  Make watching the Summer Olympics even more fun this year with this download.  FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION about the Summer Olympic Games Packet.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Homemade Play Dough Recipes and Activity Ideas

Homemade Play Dough Recipes and Activity Ideas

Pediatric therapists, parents and teachers use homemade play dough recipes daily. Here is a collection of fun ones from the Internet to explore.

1. Recipes for Sensory Fun: This is a nice 5 page download created by a therapy company to hand out to parents.

2. Nuture Store – Let’s Play with Dough – includes three recipes, suggestions to add to your dough play time and learning activities with play dough.  This would make a great parent handout.

3. Gluten Free Dough Recipes: Anyone who works with or has children on a gluten free diet here is lots of suggested products and recipes.

Need some suggestions and activity ideas to use the clay or play dough? Check out:

Creative Clay Activities

1. Creative Clay Activities – Includes the following activities: Animal Charade Cards, Food/ Drink Charade Cards, Snowy Clay, Rainy Clay, Steamroller Clay, Snake in the Woods, Clay Patterns, Clay Scavenger Hunt, Four In A Row and 26 Letter Sheets to promote tactile kinesthetic awareness of letters.

Clay Play Mats2. Clay Play Mats – This is a collection of 6 clay play mats that encourage: muscle strengthening of the hands, fine motor skills, visual memory,
counting and number identification.

Clay Faces

3.  Clay Faces – Free download to create clay faces on templates.


4.  Hedgehog Clay game – directions and pictures to play this fun fine motor game.


5.  Copy the Clay Monsters – Copy these clay monster cards to encourage finger and hand strengthening, visual spatial skills and fine motor skills.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

5 Evidence Based Factors That Affect Handwriting Speed

5 Evidence based factors that affect handwriting speed

Written output performance in the classroom is associated with handwriting speed.  If the child can not write with an appropriate speed it can be difficult to manage classroom assignments in a timely manner throughout the school day and during homework.

When trying to determine why a student may have slow handwriting speed you can start with these 5 evidence based factors that can affect handwriting speed:

  1. type of writing assignment – is the child free writing? near point copying? far point copying? writing from dictation?
  2. visual sequential memory – the ability to remember and recall a sequence of objects and/or events in the correct order.
  3. visual-motor integration skills – the ability to interpret visual information and respond with a motor action.
  4. upper limb speed and dexterity.
  5. poor paper positioning – (download a free hand out with proper paper positioning tips).

Handwriting Rubrics

Need to assess handwriting speed?  The Handwriting Rubrics packet has a rubric specific for handwriting speed.  Also included are rubrics for grades 2-8 that lists age appropriate letters per minute.  Find out more information.


Feder KP, Majnemer A (2007) Handwriting development, competency, and intervention. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 49(4): 312–317.

Franzsen D, Steward A (2014) Identifying the factors that contribute to hand writing problems experienced by students at a higher education institution in South Africa. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 44(1): 3–8.

Tseng MH, Chow SMK (2000) Perceptual-motor function of school-age children with slow handwriting speed. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 54(1): 83–88.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Find the Differences Visual Discrimination Puzzle

Find the Differences Freebie

Can you use your visual discrimination and visual scanning skills to find and circle the five differences in this picture?  Download this freebie from the Find the Differences Packet.

The best thing about this puzzle is that it is not too difficult.  Some of the puzzles that are available for children to spot the differences are very hard to complete and children get frustrated.  These puzzles are all in black and white and present a child with a “just right” challenge.

Find out more information about the complete packet at Find the Differences.

Find the Differences

This download includes 30 find the differences puzzles and the solutions to the puzzles.  Find 5 differences between the two pictures on each page.  All the pages are in black and white.  There are plenty of find the difference activities around but many are just way too difficult.  This collection is easier to determine the differences between the pictures.  Find the Difference encourage visual scanning, visual discrimination and visual motor skills.  FIND OUT MORE.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Keep Calm and Do Yoga

Keep Calm and Do Yoga

Keep calm and do yoga.  No one can deny that yoga helps to calm children.  Hang up this reminder in your therapy room, classroom or yoga studio.  You can print it in color or choose 2 different black and white posters that the children can color for you to hang up.

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Try using it as a motivational tool – if the child colors in the picture and demonstrates a yoga pose you earn a reward.

Need some reasons of why you should start a yoga program with children?  Read 10 Reasons Why Yoga is Beneficial for Children.

Download Keep Calm and Do Yoga Posters.

Yoga Cards and Game Ideas

Yoga Cards and Games Ideas – This download is a collection of 30 full sized yoga cards (8.5″ x 11″) with directions, Sun Salutation sequence and over 20 game ideas with small size yoga cards (4″ x 5″). They are reproducible for the clients on your caseload or students in your classroom. Send them home for carry over activities.  Yoga Cards help to improve muscle strength, increase flexibility, relieve stress and calm the mind.  FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Concussion Guidelines for Returning to Activity and School for Children

Concussion Guidelines for Returning to Activity for Children

As pediatric therapists we may be involved in helping children return to activity and/or school following a concussion.  Of course, you should always work in conjunction with a physician but there are specific guidelines to follow.  CanChild has done a great job of creating evidence based resources to return to activity and school for youth and children. It goes through the steps you need to take based on the symptoms of the child.  In addition, once the child returns to school there are several suggestions for modifications to the school environment.

Here are 5 super helpful resources to help guide your decision making process with the child, family and physician.

Return to Activity Guidelines for Children & Youth

Return to School Guidelines for Children & Youth

Return to Activity and School Guidelines for Children and Youth (combined version)

Concussion Management Tips for Infants and Toddlers

Activity Suggestions for Recovery Steps After Concussion

Thank you CanChild for more great resources!

Need to document progress following a concussion.  Check out Mobility Rubrics.

Mobility Rubrics Cover

Mobility Rubrics – This is an electronic book of 11 rubrics to assess mobility skills in the school environment. A rubric is a scoring guide to judge performance on a specific task. Have you ever wanted to quantify school mobility tasks such as negotiating the classroom, walking in line and negotiating the school bus?. Mobility Rubrics can be used as assessment tools to quantify an individual’s ability to complete a task. By using the rubric, each individual can be scored based on the same criteria.  FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION.

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