Easy Art Projects from Miss Mancy’s Messy Art Class

1. Veggie Art This is a wonderful activity for all skill levels. I have done this with very young children as well as with my older groups and they all love it. You Will Need: Raw vegetables such as carrots, celery, potatoes and  peppers, corn. Colorful paints Drawing Paper For the younger children, I precut

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Miss Mancy’s Favorite Toy List

The parents I work with always ask me for a list of suggested toys for Hanukah or Christmas so this year I put together a little list for different age groups: 3 to 5 Years Old: 1- Dino Popper is a great way to strengthen little hands. I like the Dino more than the other

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Fall Foam Stickers

1- Create a fall scene using stickers This is a great activity for little ones. Peeling stickers has the advantage of working on pincer strength (an important component of dexterity) while allowing children to express their creativity. 2- Create a pattern on a small rectangular card. Draw a line to separate the card and ask children

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14 Ways to Use Popsicle Sticks

I think my favorite challenge as an OT (and lover of crafts) is to find an inexpensive, easy to find item and come up with as many creative uses for it as I can! Here is my take on popsicle sticks. I have gathered info from many sources and have come up with my own

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Great Fine Motor Tools to Incorporate in Your Classroom

Here are some of my favorite fine motor tools that all teachers should consider incorporating in their classrooms when creating stations. These tools work on finger strength, pincer grasp, pincer strength, hand arches and/or in-hand manipulation skills. The importance of these skills is that their mastery actually helps improve pencil grasp and promotes dexterity. 1-

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10 Things All Teachers Need to Know When Teaching Handwriting

I wanted to share a few tips of the trade when teaching handwriting to young children. There are several approaches but mine has always been eclectic and varies greatly depending on the child’s strengths. But here is a little bag of tricks I like to use! 1-Do not look at the final product, look at

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