Spaghetti, Playdoh, & Buttons – fine motor engineering

We had a nor’easter in town this Thursday, plus a full moon, and being stuck inside, by late afternoon, we needed a creative activity. I’d seen a cool activity using Playdoh, spaghetti, and pasta and decided to modify it for my older kids as well. I started out using Playdoh to stabilize vertical pieces of…

Stick Forests

We have a new, temporary outdoor installation at our house right now. It’s called a stick forest, and it’s one of our favorite ways to play in the snow when the snow just isn’t cooperating for snowballs and snowmen. The concept is simple – collecting debris from the yard and placing it in an intentional…

Kids Don’t Skip Stages

We have asynchronous kids. They do things on their own schedules. Some things happen very fast, and they fly past their same-age peers. Other things take more time. It’s okay. It’s part of the gifted game, and I am learning to accept that.

Shaving Cream in the Water Table

This last year, I’ve been immersing myself in the OT world of sensory input and motor skill development, and the thing that amazed me was that I now had the eyes to look at what my kids were doing and to see the purpose in their play – not because I dictated what they must do but because they sought it out themselves.

No, we can’t have a beach day. And that’s ok.

We spent 2 wonderful hours at the beach this morning.  It was beautiful. The kids did really well. And after two hours? It was enough. Time to pack up our stuff and hightail it outta there. Over the years, living with multiple children with over-active sensory responses and heightened anxieties, I’ve developed a sense myself…

Mundane Magic

Sometimes, life is big, flashy, exciting, post-worthy. But most of the time, life, especially with littles, is pretty repetitive.