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Big Shape and Letter Puzzles – Visual Spatial Task

Visual Spatial Task This visual spatial task is simple to create and incorporates many developmental skills.  Gather up wooden blocks or any shapes you may have.  I had some foam letters to use but you could use regular puzzle pieces, letter stencils or cookie cutter letters.   Get a large piece of paper or old file […]

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New Fine Motor Building Blocks: Plus-Plus

I found this fun, new fine motor building blocks, Plus-Plus, at the Toy Fair 2017 in NYC.  Each building block is a small double plus sign that interlocks together.  You can use your imagination and creativity to create endless possibilities.  Children will have to use fine motor and visual motor skills to connect the blocks […]

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Block Play and Spatial Awareness

Developing the skills to express and understand spatial skills are the first step in understanding spatial ability and awareness such as math skills, visual perceptual skills and body awareness. Child Development published research on the importance of block play in over one hundred preschoolers. The children in the study who were better at copying block […]

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Brick Design Activity Pages for School and Home

Here are some sample pages from a great new download “Brick” Activities for School and Home by Michael Callahan, MS, OT.  Created by an OT with 25+ years of experience, these two dimensional designs offer a just right challenge for some students.  Using only 2×2 and 2×4  LEGO® type blocks, children can copy the holiday themed projects, […]

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Building Block Pattern Freebie

Here are a several free printables from Building Blocks Patterns and Games.  These free sample patterns are full size, ranging from simple to more complex patterns.  The full size patterns make it easier for children to match up the blocks exactly if they need a little extra help to complete the cards.  You will need DUPLO […]

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Importance of Block Play in Preschoolers

Child Development published research on the importance of block play in over one hundred preschoolers.  The children in the study who were better at copying block patterns were also better at early math skills.  Copying block pattern consisted of knowing whether a block went above or below with the blocks properly aligned. The results also indicated that children from […]