Sensory Processing and Pretend Play

Sensory Processing and Pretend Play

Sensory Processing and Pretend Play The American Journal of Occupational Therapy published research on sensory processing and pretend play in 42 typically developing children ages 5-7 years old.  Each child was assessed with the Child Initiated Pretend Play Assessment and the Home and Main Classroom forms of the Sensory Processing Measure (SPM). The results of the […]

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Pretend Play Mask – Free

Practice scissor skills, coloring and imagination with this freebie to create owl and peacock masks with these pretend play masks for free!  Combine fine motor skills with gross motor skills with this fun activity.  Print the black and white versions of the masks, color the masks and cut them out (an adult can help cut […]


Combine Pretend Play with Drawing

I am so excited about this new download – The Crayon Cafe!  Kids can play pretend while they doodle up different menu items.  Plus, you can print it out for the kids on your caseload or in your classroom for them to play at home.  What an easy way to send creativity, imagination and drawing […]

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Inexpensive DIY “Therapy” Gifts for Kids, Teachers and Parents

Make Your Own Play Time Kits Are parents asking you for gift ideas for the holidays? Maybe you want to give your child’s teacher a special gift for the classroom? Why not try creating your own gifts to give. Just like the craft stores sell all of those kits to create anything that you can […]


Giving Meaning to Sensory Play

The Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools and Early Intervention published a small study of eight participants with sensory sensitivities according to the Sensory Profile. The participants engaged in messy play either with a pretend theme or without. When pretend play was incorporated with the messy play, the participants showed improvements in the initiation of pretend […]


6 Ways to Adapt Pretend Play

Adapt Pretend Play

Recent research indicated that children with cerebral palsy displayed less effective expression and imagination when engaging in pretend play as compared to typically developing peers.  When the children with cerebral palsy played with adapted pretend play toys positive affective expression and imagination increased. Pretend play is a learning experience for children that requires so many skills.  Pediatric […]