Reindeer Fine Motor Cards

reindeer fine motor cards for kids

Did you see the reindeer activities ideas listed here on the website last week? It’s a Christmas occupational therapy plan that can work on so many different areas. Today, I’ve got another fun holiday activity for kids to do…Reindeer fine motor cards! This newly created Christmas activity is a free pack of reindeer theme activity cards. Use them to work on fine motor skills such as pencil control, precision, eye-hand coordination, motor planning, and more.

reindeer fine motor cards for kids

Reindeer Fine Motor Cards

You can print these off and use them over and over again. I created these reindeer theme fine motor cards for the purpose of multi-use, meaning that you can use them to work on several different areas:

Work on pencil control with these free printables.

Reindeer Theme Pencil Control

Print off the reindeer cards for a pencil control activity where you can ask children to trace along the paths. In this way, kids work on pencil accuracy and motor planning to control the pencil. With each path, there are several repetitions, allowing children to work on these skills and accuracy. Use the sheets to collect data in therapy sessions. Kids can complete the path with accuracy on 3/5 attempts, (or other ratio) using these cards.

Use the fine motor printables to work on precision, eye-hand coordination skills.

Reindeer Activity for Fine Motor Skills

Use the cards to work on fine motor skills such as precision, eye-hand coordination, pinch, dexterity, finger isolation, and motor planning. Print off the cards and ask students to place manipulatives along the lines to connect the reindeer. Try using these cards in a variety of ways:

  • Place stickers along the path
  • Trace the path to work on finger isolation
  • Place craft pom poms, mini erasers, pebbles, or small objects along the path.
  • Use a bottle of squeeze glue and ask students to create a glue path in the lines. They can crumble up small pieces of paper and glue them along the path.
Pencil control and pencil pressure with coloring a reindeer on these free fine motor printables.

Reindeer Coloring Activity

Use the cards to work on fine motor skills in the ways listed above, but also by addressing coloring skills. Coloring is a fantastic way to work on precision, hand strength, arch development, as well as eye-hand coordination. Coloring also benefits visual perceptual skills as well. Here are all of the benefits that coloring offers. Children can use the cards to color in the path and work on pre-writing lines as well as line awareness. Use the cards as repetition trials to work on accuracy and consistency with visual perceptual skills, line awareness, and small motor movements when coloring in a small space. Each coloring card can be used to collect data.

Use the cards to work on pencil pressure by asking children to color in the reindeer images with their pencil.

Reindeer Cutting Strips

The pencil control strips are set up in a way that allows them to be used as cutting strips as well. Ask children to cut along the bold lines and work on cutting skills. To grade the activity up, ask children to cut along the path on the curved and angled lines. Then, each strip can be used to collect data in the repetitions. Children can work on keeping the scissors within in the path. You can cut the left side of the page off to remove the reindeer on the left for cutting strips that start from the edge of the paper. Here is more information on scissor skills.

Free Reindeer Printables

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    Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

    Reindeer Activities

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    If you love Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and of course, Rudolph, then you’ll love all of these fun reindeer activities!  The reindeer crafts and movement activities you see here will get kids grasping, pinching, jingling, buttoning, writing, sniffing, moving, creating, and partying. All of these developmental skills are included with the completion of these fun and festive reindeer activities. Kids will be engaged and motivated to do even the most difficult of tasks. These reindeer play ideas cover a variety of skills. So, let’s get to it! 

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    Reindeer Activities

    I’ve broken these holiday activities up into sections: sensory activities, fine motor activities, movement, and reindeer crafts. These should help you with therapy planning this time of year. These reindeer fine motor cards will be a fun way to play, too.

    Reindeer Sensory Activities

    First, are some fun SENSORY activities, do you need some sensory tools with a festive reindeer theme? Then here ya go!

    Chocolate Scented Reindeer Play Dough gives you the recipe to create a yummy smelling play dough and when it’s in use as part of an invitation tray, children work on fine motor strengthening as well as tactile tolerance while building fun reindeer faces and more.

    Rudolph Jingle Bell Sticks gives you a fun way to incorporate music jingling into your daily activities.  The sticks include the creation of a unique musical instrument that can be used when working on dance moves, gross motor exercise, or even as a fun reading tracking stick. 

    Reindeer Food Writing Tray provides you a recipe for reindeer food that children create while working on eye-hand coordination to pour, shake, scoop, and stir while creating the food mixture.  Once made, it provides a fun sensory tool for children to work on letter, number and shape formation.  

    Christmas Sensory Bottles includes a reindeer-themed sensory bottle that can be used as a calming tool for use in a sensory or calm down corner. Super cute!

    Reindeer Crafts

    Next, are some fun FINE MOTOR and ART and CRAFT activities that can help if you need festive ideas for building fine motor strength, pincer grasp, bilateral coordination, hand dominance, fastener manipulation, tool use, and sequencing skills.  Use these reindeer crafts to help kids develop fine motor skills in a big way. Take a look: 

    Add these reindeer fine motor cards to your therapy toolbox to work on a variety of areas: pencil control, writing lines, coloring, scissor skills, precision, hand strength, spatial skills, and more.

    Olive, the Other Reindeer Book Ornament is a cute ornament craft that uses a recycled toilet paper roll to create a set of antlers. The ornament is based on the book, Olive, The Other Reindeer, who is a dog-reindeer, that’s right a dog-reindeer.  She thinks she’s a reindeer and goes to the North Pole to help Santa and the reindeer save Christmas. Olive earns her own set of antlers from Santa, so, why not create her antlers after reading the book? 

    Reindeer Antler Match includes matching and clipping multi-colored, miniature clothespins onto foam reindeer heads with the matching nose color. Works on pincer grasp and color recognition. 

    Reindeer Buttoning involves the use of felt and buttons to build a reindeer’s face while working on buttoning or unbuttoning skills, sequencing, and following directions.

    Feed Rudolph the Reindeer will work on pincer grasp and eye-hand coordination while children pinch small pieces of pipe cleaner to push through the holes of a recycled spice bottle. 

    Cocoa Pebbles Reindeer Craft includes the use of Cocoa Pebbles to fill a reindeer outline. Have kiddos pinch small piles of pebbles from a bowl and sprinkle onto the outline to work on fine motor pinch skills. Note: With the yummy smell of this cereal while doing the activity, it just might make it a little difficult not to sneak a nibble while creating this cute craft! 

    Toilet Paper Roll Reindeer includes the tracing of hands and cutting them out to create antlers for pasting onto a recycled toilet paper roll. Finish with adding cute googly eyes and a red pom-pom nose. Easy, but really cute and what great skills are worked on with tracing and cutting!

    Yarn Wrapped Reindeer Craft is really a fine motor activity that turns out to be a cute craft when completed. Children wrap yarn around a cardboard triangle, add googly eyes and a pom-pom nose, and then clip on two clothespins that are wrapped with pipe cleaners to create antlers. 

    Preschool Build a Shape Reindeer is a fun way to have prechoolers work on shape recognition by building a fun construction paper reindeer with use of precut shapes. You can easily have a child work on cutting skills with this activity, if you have them cut out the shapes and then assemble the reindeer. 

    Handwriting Reindeer Activities

    Next, are some multisensory HANDWRITING reindeer activities that help children to work on handwriting mechanics along with other skills in a fun and unique way that will motivate them to engage in the task!

    Reindeer Multisensory Handwriting Freebie involves a multisensory approach to handwriting that includes tracing, cutting, pasting, moving, scanning, visual discrimination, and handwriting. Check it out. 

    Meet My Pet Reindeer is a holiday craftivity that includes cutting, tracing, gluing and writing. 

    But, if you just need some festive holiday handwriting paper that is modified to help a variety of children with their handwriting needs, check out this Christmas Modified Handwriting Paper, by The OT Toolbox. 

    Gross Motor Reindeer Activities

    Next, are some super fun GROSS MOTOR Reindeer Activities that could be used for transitions while building gross motor skills and working on motor planning too!  Fun activities that can be used at home, at school, and during remote learning or therapy. 

    Try the pin the nose on the reindeer activity in our Reindeer Party Games for a gross motor game with the whole family.

    Reindeer Brain Breaks is just that, a break for the brain with a reindeer theme! Each of Santa’s reindeer has a brain break card and children can use them while at home, during a transition, in the classroom, or while online. These brain break moves can easily be done in small spaces making them perfect for most anywhere! 

    Reindeer Testing will get kids moving as they perform some fun reindeer moves that may be needed when pulling Santa’s sleigh! This fun resource helps to get kids moving while testing their reindeer skills with running, jumping, stomping, and prancing. 

    Reindeer Boot Camp is an excellent source for gross motor activities and they are perfect for either a classroom, home party or just to get kids moving! The reindeer training activities include balancing, galloping, leaping, scooter pulling, and tossing bean bags at a target. Don’t have been bags? That’s okay, use some stuffed animals. 

    Reindeer Games Camp is a boot camp that works on a variety of gross motor skills. Children will pull sleighs, do agility drills, do hoop and cone training, practice reindeer moves, and work on present stacking. These skills are important when you’re a reindeer!

    Lastly, do you need a resource that literally has all you need in one place?  Try this fun resource by The OT Toolbox called, Reindeer Playdate Party. There is food, activities, snacks, and reindeer games! This will give you all you need to party like the Reindeer! Have fun!

    Try these ideas for more Christmas activities that help kids develop skills…Just click on the images below for holiday fun!

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    Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

    Gingerbread Man Activities

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    Looking for gingerbread man activities? We’ve got you covered. From gingerbread men to gingerbread houses to gingerbread cookies, it’s the theme of gingerbread for this festive season! Can you smell the ginger? Ah, it’s so cozy and the theme of gingerbread is so classic and fun! Browse an old blog post from The OT Toolbox to find gingerbread activities for kids by kids. Lots of fun ideas in that post as well as some new ideas in this post! You can also find a Cardboard Gingerbread House idea.

    Use these activities with our decorate a gingerbread house slide deck.

    Gingerbread man activities for kids

    GINGERBREAD MAN ACTIVITIES

    Included below are gingerbread man books that you can pair with hands-on activities. The gingerbread man ideas below build fine motor skills, gross motor skills, motor planning, direction-following, and sensory exploration. Let’s get started with the holiday activities!

    You can’t go the season without reading at least one gingerbread man book. So grab one or more of these gingerbread-related books and work on critical thinking and early literacy skills!

    GINGERBREAD MAN BOOKS

    Take a look at these gingerbread man books: (Amazon links included below.) These are great books to use along with therapeutic activities.


    The Gingerbread Man
    Gingerbread Baby
    Gingerbread Friends
    Gingerbread Christmas
    The Gingerbread Man Loose at School
    The Gingerbread Boy
    The Gingerbread Girl
    The Gingerbread Cowboy
    Gingerbread Mouse
    The Gingerbread Pirates

    This Gingerbread Man book activity from Fun-A-Day pairs well with these books.

    GINGERBREAD MAN CRAFTS

    Do you have visions of colorfully decorated gingerbread houses or some icing covered gingerbread men? Crafts are the supreme skill builder for kiddos and highly motivating.

    Crafts can work on scissor cutting, drawing, coloring, tool grasp, glue management, direction following, and sequencing. Now, let’s craft some gingerbread goodies.


    This fun gingerbread man stapling craft is a super fun way to build a gingerbread man while working on stapler use that incorporates strength, bilateral coordination, visual motor control, and precision handling.

    Craft a fun paper bag gingerbread house using office stickers galore! Stickers are an easy way to work on pincer grasp, bilateral coordination, spatial awareness with placement, and hand dominance.


    Craft a fun plate of gingerbread cookies using a paper plate and paper bag being sure to decorate with crayons. Don’t forget broken crayons color too and they can be better for kids to work on their tool grasp!


    Maybe a collage art gingerbread man is more what your kiddos would enjoy. Providing a tray of decorating goodies can give a child the opportunity for creativity and independence. But if you’re looking for more therapeutic benefits, you can incorporate body awareness and multiple fine motor skills.

    Provide a fun gingerbread man lacing craft that automatically incorporates fine motor precision, pincer grasp, motor planning, eye-hand coordination and bilateral hand use.

    Here is a baby gingerbread house from Pre-K Pages that works fine motor skills, too.

    Plus, they turn out super cute.

    Gingerbread Man Gross Motor

    Maybe you have the need for some energy consuming gingerbread movement! So many gingerbread books provide action words that can easily be utilized for movement exercises. Try substituting these actions with various movements you need your child to practice.

    Use these Gingerbread Man gross motor activities as a brain breaks for a physical break in the classroom, at home, or during a transition. Brain break movement activities can involve so many different body moves with a wonderfully festive theme!

    Here’s an activity that you can try called, Gingerbread Man Gross Motor Activity. It combines the simple idea of gross motor skills and literacy skills.

    You can also try these fun Gingerbread Man Gross Motor Dice printables to further incorporate movements related to the book. Read and move together!

    Try Gingerbread Passing to work on core strength, coordination, motor planning, and social skills. It’s a great team work activity or it can be simplified to have one child work on passing a gingerbread man from one place to another.

    Try this fun idea of some Gingerbread Hokey Pokey using a classic game with a gingerbread theme to work on body awareness and motor planning.

    Gingerbread Man Fine Motor

    Feeling the need to focus on fine motor or visual motor skills, maybe? How about drawing, handwriting or visual perception? Read on to find some great activity ideas.


    Here are some fun Gingerbread Letter Tracing Sheets or Gingerbread Prewriting Strips or Gingerbread Letter Tracing Strips to work on pencil control, letter formation and letter size.

    Need a low prep Gingerbread Man Cutting activity to work on bilateral hand skills and eye hand coordination along with scissor grasp? Try this fun idea! Maybe cardboard is too difficult for your kiddos to cut, so simply change to paper or even sandpaper for a fun approach.

    Maybe using scissors is not the skill level of your child so try a Gingerbread Pom-Pom Match activity and use tongs as a pre-scissor skill.

    How about a Gingerbread Man I-Spy activity that is perfect for visual scanning and discrimination? It’s a simple print and go for therapeutic fun!

    Do you have a child working on spoon use? Try this fun Feed the Gingerbread Man printable to set up a low prep scoop and pour activity or use tongs to feed the gingerbread man.

    Maybe simple Gingerbread Theme Play Dough Mats are all you are looking for to have kiddos work on fine motor hand skills.

    Gingerbread Sensory Activities

    This post started with a list and now it’s ending with a list! There are always children who need the sensory input or need to work on sensory tolerance provided by multiple sensory-related activities. Take a look at the list below and click on each item to read the details of how to create these varied sensory goodies all within the gingerbread theme!

    Gingerbread Salt Dough
    Gingerbread Play Dough
    Gingerbread Slime
    Gingerbread Rice
    Gingerbread Oobleck
    Gingerbread Cloud Dough
    Gingerbread Salt Tray
    Gingerbread Paint
    Gingerbread Sensory Bottles
    Gingerbread Sensory Bags

    Now, run, run, as fast you can…and prepare some fun gingerbread activities for the kiddos in your life as all of these activities are super skill builders for children at all levels of development! There’s something about this time of year and gingerbread.  The scent of ginger in the kitchen makes this time of year so warm and cozy!  

    Gingerbread Christmas activities for kids and by kids




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    Christmas Handwriting Activities

    Writing out that Christmas wish list is a difficult task that brings out tears instead of holiday excitement.  I’ve got a solution for your kiddo with handwriting difficulties: a packet of modified paper for all of the Christmas handwriting tasks that come up each year.  Use this handwriting pack to help kids who struggle with handwriting to participate in holiday traditions while even working on and developing their handwriting skills!
    Working on handwriting with kids this Christmas season? Grab your copy of the Christmas Modified Handwriting Packet. It’s got three types of adapted paper that kids can use to write letters to Santa, Thank You notes, holiday bucket lists and much more…all while working on handwriting skills in a motivating and fun way! Read more about the adapted Christmas Paper here.   



    Decorate a Gingerbread House

    Decorate a gingerbread house activity for kids

    Today, I have a fun occupational therapy teletherapy activity for kids to do this time of year. It’s an interactive therapy slide deck where kids can decorate a gingerbread house! With this digital gingerbread house activity, kids can move the gingerbread decorations onto the house to decorate in any way they wish! This interactive Google slide deck is a fun way to incorporate therapy goals with a fun holiday activity. Pair this Christmas activity with our gingerbread man slide deck for more therapy fun.

    Decorate a gingerbread house virtual activity for occupational therapy interventions and fun therapy ideas.

    Gingerbread activities are fun this time of year, and this one is a fun twist on holiday activities. Add this to your Christmas Occupational Therapy Activities.

    Decorate a Gingerbread House

    Many kids make a real gingerbread house this time of year. Some lucky kids make a cardboard gingerbread house! But, for virtual therapy sessions, I thought it would be fun to make a FUN activity for therapy in the weeks leading up to Christmas. I know this year has been difficult with virtual learning and learning all that teletherapy requires. It’s been a difficult year for all of us! So, maybe a fun therapy activity is just what the doctor ordered!

    Use this virtual gingerbread house activity in several different ways to incorporate occupational therapy goals in a way that kids won’t even realize they are working on specific goal areas.

    Gingerbread House Therapy Activity

    When kids move the interactive Google slide pieces, they can develop skills such as:

    • Eye-hand coordination
    • Visual scanning
    • Motor planning
    • Visual discrimination
    • Figure ground
    • Form constancy
    • Visual convergence
    • Visual attention
    • Laterality
    • Visualization
    • Finger isolation
    • Computer use/mouse use
    • Direction-following
    • Planning, prioritization, working memory, impulse control and other executive functions
    • Self-confidence

    As you can see, a “fun” therapy activity like decorating a gingerbread house can work on so many areas even if it seems like an extra activity or a reward activity!

    Use this decorate a gingerbread activity in occupational therapy teletherapy sessions.

    Decorate a Gingerbread House Teletherapy Activity

    This slide deck includes two different activities: One is a slide where students can move the candy decorations onto the slide deck.

    The second slide is a gingerbread house writing prompt. Kids can either type into the text box, or they can write their responses on paper and work on handwriting, letter formation, and other areas they might be addressing in therapy or distance learning.

    Tip: to revert the slide to it’s original state, use the history option. This is located on the top dashboard in the link, “last edit was”. When you click on that, you will see a list of edits made on the right side of your screen. Click on the edit titled, “Blank Gingerbread House”. This should move all of the movable candy pieces and decorations back to their original location on the slide deck. Note that you can delete edits from that list, so if several students are using the slides, you can keep the organization simple and delete edit versions that you no longer need.

    Another Google Slide ninja tip: Be sure to make a copy of this slide deck and not change the url to indicate “edit” at the end. When you make a copy of the slide deck onto your Google drive, you will end up with your own version that you are free to adjust in order to meet your student’s needs. By changing the url to “edit”, you can potentially mess up the original version that many other therapists and The OT Toolbox users are given.

    Gingerbread house writing prompts are in this decorate a  gingerbread house activity.

    Free Decorate a Gingerbread House Slide Deck

    Does this looks like a fun way to spend a therapy session while working on skills?

    You can grab a copy of this Google slide deck and use it to work on specific skills.

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    Decorate a Digital Interactive Gingerbread House!

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      MORE VIRTUAL LEARNING SLIDE DECKS?

      Would you like more therapy slide decks? Grab the others to add to your therapy toolbox!

      Try this Gingerbread Man Slide Deck.

      Use this Holiday Cookies Activities to address working memory, visual perception, and direction following.

      Here is a Community Helpers Theme Slide Deck.

      Here is a Football Theme Slide Deck.

      Here is a slide deck for a Social Story for Wearing a Mask.

      Here is a Space Theme Therapy Slide Deck.

      Here is a Therapy Planning Interactive Slide Deck.

      Here is a Back to School Writing Activity Slide Deck.

      Here is an Alphabet Exercises Slide Deck.

      Here is a Self-Awareness Activities Slide Deck.

      Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

      Gingerbread Man Virtual Activity

      Gingerbread man virtual activities

      This gingerbread man virtual activity is perfect for occupational therapy teletherapy activities, and just one more teletherapy activity that we’ve got lined up for you here on The OT Toolbox. Add this Christmas activity to your therapy plans, along with some gingerbread man activities and maybe making a little gingerbread salt dough for holiday fun with gingerbread themed development and learning!

      This is a fun addition to our weekly therapy themes for themed occupational therapy sessions.

      Gingerbread Man Virtual Activity

      This slide deck covers various areas with a gingerbread theme:

      • Mindfulness
      • Fine Motor Skills
      • Handwriting
      • Gross Motor
      • Self-Regulation Check In

      Use this list and the gingerbread man activities on this slide deck to help kids develop certain skills in virtual therapy sessions.

      CGingerbread man Therapy SLIDE DECK

      If you’ve been following The OT Toolbox, then you may have seen a few of our other interactive slide decks. Therapists are LOVING these therapy slide decks for their themed activities that help kids build skills, while in virtual or hybrid environments.

      This gingerbread man therapy activity can be adjusted to meet the needs of your clients or students. Use it as an outline and add prompts, or adjust the activities as you need.

      Gingerbread Themed Mindfulness Activity

      Students can use the gingerbread man image with deep breathing activity to work on deep breaths in and deep breaths out as a mindfulness activity with a gingerbread man theme.

      Gingerbread Man Writing Prompts

      Included in this therapy slide deck are gingerbread words writing prompts. These are set up as a copying activity for students. Work on letter formation, legibility, and copying skills. Kids can use this to work on printed or cursive writing, based on their specific needs.

      Gingerbread man Visual Perception Activity

      Children will love the gingerbread man visual perception activity as they visually scan to count the number of each cookie. Kids can type right into the Google slide deck when they find the correct number of each gingerbread man.

      Gingerbread Man Fine Motor Activity

      The no-prep gingerbread man fine motor activity asks children to work on fine motor skills such as finger isolation, dexterity, motor planning, and eye-hand coordination as they spell the word “gingerbread man” in sign language.

      Gingerbread man Gross Motor Activity

      Next, kids can work on core strength, gross motor skills, balance, and motor planning with a gingerbread man gross motor activity. This activity asks children to move the movable slide pieces into the correct order. They can then act out the images and work on gross motor skills as well as sequencing.

      Gingerbread Man Self-Regulation Activity

      The final activity in this interactive slide deck is the self-regulation activity where children can move the gingerbread man to identify and match their body’s feelings. Work on self-regulation strategies and coping tools as needed.

      Does this looks like a fun way to spend a therapy session while working on skills?

      You can grab a copy of this Google slide deck and use it to work on specific skills.

      Enter your email address below and you will receive a PDF containing a link to copy the slide deck onto your Google drive. Save that PDF file, because you can come back to it again and again and send it to the kids on your caseload (or classroom) so they can make their own copy on their Google drive.

      Please use the copy of the slide deck and do not change the link.

      Get this Gingerbread Man Therapy Activities Slide Deck

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        MORE VIRTUAL LEARNING SLIDE DECKS?

        Would you like more therapy slide decks? Grab the others to add to your therapy toolbox!

        Here is a Community Helpers Theme Slide Deck.

        Here is a Football Theme Slide Deck.

        Here is a slide deck for a Social Story for Wearing a Mask.

        Here is a Space Theme Therapy Slide Deck.

        Here is a Therapy Planning Interactive Slide Deck.

        Here is a Back to School Writing Activity Slide Deck.

        Here is an Alphabet Exercises Slide Deck.

        Here is a Self-Awareness Activities Slide Deck.

        Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

        Peppermint Moon Dough Recipe

        Moon dough recipe is a peppermint dough recipe for Christmas sensory play.

        Have you ever played with moon sand, or moon dough? This moon dough recipe is an old post here on The OT Toolbox, and one that we loved looking back at. Have you made your own moon dough?  This stuff is seriously messy and majorly fun!  We made our Peppermint Moon Dough recipe a little different than the usual moon dough recipe that is out there.  This moon dough recipe is very soft and fun even for moms to play with!  It’s a great companion to our peppermint play dough recipe from years ago, too.

        Moon dough recipe is a peppermint dough recipe for Christmas sensory play.


        Moon Dough Recipe

        We started with what we had on hand.  When it comes to kid-related messy play and making these sensory play activities, we love to use something that otherwise would be thrown away.  Likewise, waste in these activities is not something we are big fans of.  So, when ever possible, we’ll re-use sensory play materials for other activities and save things like dyed pasta and rice for future sensory activities.  

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        This moon dough recipe used something that would otherwise be headed to the trash bin…I had some scented lotion that I had for a while… I really didn’t care for the scent.  That and some corns starch were all that were needed to make the base of our moon dough!  

        Moon Dough Ingredients

        There are only four ingredients in this easy moon dough recipe. You could even omit the food coloring and make this a 3 ingredient moon dough recipe!


        To make the consistency of moon dough, use a 4:1 ratio of corn starch to lotion.  This will make a nice and fluffy, but moldable moon dough. 

        We added a few drops of peppermint extract and some red food coloring.  We used the gel type of food coloring, but only because that is all we had on hand.  I’m sure liquid food coloring would work just as well, although with the added liquid of scent and food coloring, a little extra corn starch might be needed. 

        Also to note when making your moon dough recipe is that different brands of lotion may effect this recipe.  As you mix the ingredients together, you many need to use more or less corn starch depending on the consistency.

        Moon dough recipe that kids can make for a Christmas sensory activity. Make this candy cane scented sensory dough with kids.

        Half of the moon dough, I kept plain white and the other half got the red food coloring for a very candy cane look.   Add a few little bowls and spoons for scooping, and a couple of Candy Cane cookie cutters, and we were ready to play!

        Peppermint dough for Christmas sensory play with an easy moon dough recipe.

        We all got busy scooping, fluffing, and mixing.  This was such a fun sensory play experience (for mom, too!)  The lotion made this dough very soft and with the peppermint scent, you could no longer smell the lotion’s scent.

        Peppermint moon dough recipe that kids can use to scoop and pour for fine motor work.

        Baby Girl (age 2) especially loved to scoop the moon dough.  She used the spoons and filled one cup after another.  And what great fine motor skills this was for her!  She liked to mix the red and the white colors together, dump it all out, and start scooping again!  Here is information on the developmental benefits of scooping and pouring with toddlers.

        We played right on the hard wood floor of our dining room for an easy clean up.  Any stray moon dough bits were easy to broom right up.  

        Moon dough activity for kids to scoop and pour for a holiday sensory activity.

        Little Guy’s favorite part was making the candy cane molds.  We packed the moon dough into the cookie cutters and then pulled it up.  The moon dough would hold it’s shape of the candy cane.  There were a bunch of little moon dough candy canes before we finished!

        Candy cane moon dough is a sensory material that smells so fresh for holiday family fun.

            The scent of peppermint candy canes filled the room!  We had so much fun playing with this moon dough!   

        Christmas sensory dough with a 4 ingredient moon dough recipe.

        When we were finished playing, I poured all of the moon dough into a storage bad and saved it to make a new play activity.  We’ll be using it again, soon!

        Have you made moon dough? How about candy cane scented moon dough? 

        Looking for more fun candy cane scented sensory play? 

        More Christmas sensory ideas

        You’ll find more Christmas sensory activities here, but be sure to try some of these sensory dough materials this holiday season.

        Christmas modified paper

        Christmas Modified Paper Pack

        Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

        Egg Carton Snowman Craft

        Egg carton snowman craft

        This egg carton snowman is such a cute Christmas craft to work on fine motor skills. And, better yet, this styrofoam egg carton craft uses materials you might already have on hand. You might know that we love fine motor crafts around here, right? Christmas crafts are no exception.  Why not make a festive holiday snowman craft and sneak in a few fine motor skills while decking the house in homemade decorations like this fine motor snowman craft? It’s a great winter occupational therapy craft that kids will love!


        I got the idea for this fine motor snowman after we pulled out our Christmas decorations and and found our fine motor Christmas tree that we made a few years ago (also from egg cartons).  My son still remembers how much fun he had making that tree, and tells us about it every year we pull that cutie out of dusty attic boxes. I love that this fun craft helps in so many fine motor areas: tripod graspintrinsic hand strength with arch development, and an open web space.

        Check out these Christmas Fine Motor Activities for more creative ways to work on fine motor skills and address development of skills this Christmas season. 

         

        Egg Carton Snowman

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        You’ll need these materials to make an egg carton snowman craft:
        White styrofoam egg carton (OR paint a cardboard egg carton with white paint)
        Scissors
        Black crafting pom poms

        Craft glue

        Black permanent marker

        Bamboo skewer

        Recycled K-cup or other small cup, like a drinking cup

        Black felt


        Styrofoam Egg Carton Craft

        Make this egg carton snowman craft and work on fine motor skills with the kids this year.

        To make the egg carton snowman, first cut three sections from the styrofoam egg carton.  Cutting styrofoam is a great way to practice scissor skills.  It takes a bit more “oomph” to cut the egg carton and is a nice way to practice hand strengthening.


        Poking the bamboo skewer into the stryofoam egg carton provides an opportunity to work on tripod grasp, intrinsic hand strength with arch development, and an open web space.

        Kids can make a egg carton snowman craft with Styrofoam egg cartons.

        More Christmas Activities

        Writing out that Christmas wish list is a difficult task that brings out tears instead of holiday excitement.  I’ve got a solution for your kiddo with handwriting difficulties: a packet of modified paper for all of the Christmas handwriting tasks that come up each year.  Use this handwriting pack to help kids who struggle with handwriting to participate in holiday traditions while even working on and developing their handwriting skills!


        Working on handwriting with kids this Christmas season? Grab your copy of the Christmas Modified Handwriting Packet. It’s got three types of adapted paper that kids can use to write letters to Santa, Thank You notes, holiday bucket lists and much more…all while working on handwriting skills in a motivating and fun way! Read more about the adapted Christmas Paper here.     

        Make this egg carton snowman craft and work on fine motor skills like tripod grasp, intrinsic hand strength with arch development, and an open web space with the kids this year.



        Try these Christmas crafts for more fine motor fun:

        Fine Motor Egg Carton Christmas Tree

        Homemade Fine Motor Christmas Card

        Jingle Bell Fine Motor Sort

        Egg Carton Nativity Set

        Want more ways to boost fine motor skills with a snowman theme or winter theme? The Winter Fine Motor Kit is on sale now!

        This print-and-go winter fine motor kit includes no-prep fine motor activities to help kids develop functional grasp, dexterity, strength, and endurance. Use fun, winter-themed, fine motor activities so you can help children develop strong fine motor skills in a digital world.

        This print-and-go winter fine motor kit includes no-prep fine motor activities to help kids develop functional grasp, dexterity, strength, and endurance. Use fun, winter-themed, fine motor activities so you can help children develop strong fine motor skills in a digital world.

        winter fine motor kit
         
         

        Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

        Jingle Bell Kids Activity

        Jingle bell kids activity for fine motor skills

        Christmas is just around the corner, and we’ve got some fun ideas in store for you! This Jingle Bell Kid’s Activity can be a jingle bell game or a Fine Motor Christmas activity that kids will not forget! Use an egg carton and jingle bells kids can manipulate for a color learning and fine motor activity.

        We’ve done our share of Christmas play activities and this Jingle Bell Sorting activity is just one way to play and learn with a Christmas theme.  We’re joining a bunch of other bloggers in a busy bag series where each month, we’ll bring you a busy bag activity to keep the kids busy and occupied (and learning!)   In-hand manipulation activities are a great way to boost fine motor skills needed for tasks like managing clothing fasteners, using a pencil when writing, manipulating items like coins or beads, and more.   

        Jingle Bells for kids are a fun Christmas fine motor activity with an egg carton.

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        Jingle Bell Kids Activity

        This jungle bell kids activity is a Christmas busy bag that helps children build fine motor skills, as well as other learning components in a game format.

        We’ve done quite a few “busy” time of activities on this blog.  These are the activities that kids can do on their own or with a little set up and explanation.  They are kept busy and learning, creating, or exploring on their own.  Busy bag activities are perfect for times when caregivers need to focus on other children, dinner preparation, or while waiting.  Modern day busy activities might be smart phone apps for some kids, as they “busy themselves” as they wait in a restaurant or doctor’s office.  A busy bag activity that is easy to set up might be something as simple as manipulating small items, or sorting sugar packets by color.  


        Jingle Bell Activity for Kids

        Independent learning is important to a child’s development.  When a child is learning on their own, they are able to come up with questions and ideas independently.  They develop problem solving skills, and exploring during the process of the activity.  When a child has an adult participating in an activity with them, they often times focus on the end product or goal rather than the process of the task. Children become aware of their own strengths and weaknesses during independent play and can gain a sense of satisfaction when they do a task on their own.  Busy bags are great for independent learning!  


        Color Sorting with Jingle Bells

        Paint the egg carton to match the jingle bells kids will use to work on color sorting, counting, and fine motor skills.

         We started with a recycled egg carton.  Technically, this isn’t a busy BAG since we made our activity in an egg carton…but it is a busy activity, and I love that it can fold up and stow away with the sorting material inside the carton.     The cardboard type was needed for this activity, in order to get the paint to “stick”.  I painted the sections of the egg carton in four colors.  I LOVE these poster paints for their bold colors.   

        Paint the egg carton for a jingle bell sorting activity.

        Little Sister (age 3) helped me paint the sections, and we let them dry overnight…because when Little Sister helps, a lot of paint is used.

        Jingle bell activity to work on fine motor skills at Christmas.



        The next day, we were ready for our jingle bell sorting activity.  We used jingle bells that we received from our friends at www.craftprojectideas.com (Thanks so much!!)  I poured the bells into the top section of the egg carton, and showed Little Sister how to sort them.

        Kids can work on fine motor skills with this Jingle bell activity.

        This is such a great activity for color identification, fine motor skills, scanning, hand-eye coordination, and early math.

        This jingle bell activity is a toddler activity for Christmas because they can work on fine motor skills and color sorting with toddlers.

        The colors are so bright and the jingle of the bells gives a great sensory input to this activity.  Little Sister sorted and sorted while I changed diapers, swept the floor, and watched her sort.

        Christmas jingle bell game for kids
        Kids can sort jingle bells in this Christmas fine motor activity.
        Christmas jingle bells for kids to work on fine motor skills.
        Jingle bell activity for kids
        Preschool jingle bell activity to work on fine motor skills, color sorting, counting.



        One of the cousins came over one day and these two three year olds had fun sorting together.
        I showed them how to extend the play by counting the number of bells in each section.

        Count jingle bells with this Christmas fine motor activity for children.



        I love this activity for it’s fine motor aspect, too.  Managing the jingle bells as they picked them up and sorted them into the sections works on many skills.  You can encourage your child to pick up a few bells at a time and pocket them into the palm of the hand as they sort the bells one at a time.


        Picking up several bells works on in-hand manipulation, specifically the skill of translation.  Moving the bell from finger tips to palm as they “squirrel away” bells into their palm is a difficult task for many kids.  This is a task needed in order to manage coins or other small items.

        This jingle bell activity works on fine motor skills like in hand manipulation.



        Placing the bells into the sections requires the child to use in-hand manipulation to move the bells from the palm to the finger tips.  This is also the skill of translation and is needed for pushing coins into a piggy bank or vending machine, or managing small items like marbles.


        Translation is a complex task requiring strength and dexterity of the intrinsic muscles of the hand.  It’s fun to watch these skills develop in an activity like this one!

        In hand manipulation is a fine motor skill that kids can refine with this jingle bell activity for children.

          We’ll be saving our painted egg carton for long after the holidays to sort lots of different items: crafting pom poms, paper clips, paper, dyed pumpkin seeds, and more!  Here is a big list of fine motor activities using craft pom poms.

        With this activity and any other on our blog, please be sure to supervise your children when small items are involved.  If your child is one who puts items into their mouth, you may want to hold off on this activity for a while.  Use caution with this activity as it involves small parts.  

        Christmas Handwriting Activities

        Writing out that Christmas wish list is a difficult task that brings out tears instead of holiday excitement.  I’ve got a solution for your kiddo with handwriting difficulties: a packet of modified paper for all of the Christmas handwriting tasks that come up each year.  Use this handwriting pack to help kids who struggle with handwriting to participate in holiday traditions while even working on and developing their handwriting skills!

        Working on handwriting with kids this Christmas season? Grab your copy of the Christmas Modified Handwriting Packet. It’s got three types of adapted paper that kids can use to write letters to Santa, Thank You notes, holiday bucket lists and much more…all while working on handwriting skills in a motivating and fun way! Read more about the adapted Christmas Paper here

        Christmas modified paper for holiday handwriting for kids

          Check out some more busy bag activities for the holiday season:

        Christmas busy bags for kids

        Christmas Busy Bags

        Christmas Activities for Kids Printable Busy Bag

        Christmas Counting Busy Bag

        Decorate a Play Dough Christmas Tree Play Kit

        Gingerbread Button Counting Busy Bag

        Snowman Busy Bag

        Reusable Christmas Sticker Busy Bag

        Christmas Posting Busy Bag

        Christmas Tree Busy Bag

        Printable Mix and Match Christmas Puzzles

        Christmas Chocolate Maker Busy Bag

        Printable Q-tip Snowflakes

        Candy Cane Stripe Counting

        An Early Reader Christmas Busy Bag

         
         
         
         

        Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.