Leap into the New Year Activity for 2018

Can you believe it will soon be 2018?  I certainly can not.  The Fall always seems to go by so quickly.  Back to school quickly morphs into Halloween, then Thanksgiving, the December holidays and BOOM New Year’s Eve.  The younger you are the better this celebration.  Kids and teenagers love to stay up until midnight and parents […]

Mother’s Day Movement Activities

Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  Children will enjoy these Mother’s Day movement activities as they move like the baby and mama animals.  Below are some ideas from the Mother’s Day Movement Cards and Games complete packet.  You can download three sample pages for the full color posters.  Encourage the children to make small […]

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Superhero Match Up Fine Motor and Memory Activity

Challenge fine motor and memory skills with this Superhero Match Up freebie from the Superhero packet.  Print and laminate the page. Using thumb, index and middle finger create small balls of clay. Flatten each ball between thumb and index finger. Place clay over each circle. Player one removes two pieces of clay. If it is a […]

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8 Print and Go Ideas for Indoor Recess

Here are a few freebies that work great for indoor recess when you need something in a hurry. They would make a fun back to school gift for teachers – print them off, toss them in a file folder and teachers have some “go to” activities for when the weather takes a turn for the […]

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Kid Created Outdoor “Laser” Maze

Here is an easy outdoor activity to challenge body awareness, motor planning and balance skills.  Find two trees about 6 feet apart.  Give the child a skein of yarn or twine.  Wrap the yarn around the two trees in all different directions and heights to make the “laser” maze.  Once complete, the child needs to […]

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Mental Practice versus Physical Practice for Finger Opposition Skills in Children

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport published research on the effects of mental practice (MP) and physical practice (PP) on a finger opposition task among 36, nine to ten years old, children. The children were randomly assigned to either a MP group, PP group or no practice (NP) group. The MP and PP groups participated […]

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12 Printable Halloween Freebies

Need some last minute Halloween activities?  Here are 12 free printable activities: 1.  4 Pages from Halloween Handwriting Activities at https://www.yourtherapysource.com/files/Halloween_free_sample.pdf 2.  Halloween Clothes Pin Mat at https://www.yourtherapysource.com/freehalloweenmat.html 3.  Pumpkin Patch Fine Motor Game at   https://www.yourtherapysource.com/freepumpkinpatch.html 4.  Jack O Lantern Challenge Maze at https://www.yourtherapysource.com/freejackolanternmaze.html 5.  Copy the Clay Monsters at https://www.yourtherapysource.com/freeclaymonster.html 6.  Halloween Handwriting Hunt at https://www.yourtherapysource.com/hwhuntshalloweenfree.html 7.  Halloween Door Hanger […]

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Motor Planning Activity Using Pool Noodles

Here is a super easy set up but challenging activity to encourage motor planning skills, coordination and body awareness.  Cut up pool noodles lengthwise and lay them on the floor in different directions.  Ask the child to jump from noodle to noodle keeping the pool noodle between the feet.  You can view the brief video […]

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Gross Motor and Fine Motor Activity Using Colored Dot Stickers

I am not sure why but I just LOVE colored dot stickers.  They are cheap and versatile for all sorts of activities that combine movement with learning.  Here is my latest idea using these awesome stickers: 1.  Write some numbers on colored dot stickers.  For this example, I wrote the numbers 1-4 twice.  Draw matching […]