Don't Throw Away the Newspaper!!

Newspapers get tossed in the garbage daily, here's some GREAT ideas for play:

Open up newspaper into squares.  Scatter squares all over the room.  Have child lead from square to square.

Rip newspaper into basic shapes.

Cut out pictures or coupons from the newspaper.

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Traffic Light Fun!!!

Happy Summer! My son has been enjoying practicing "red" and "green" to learn "stop" and "go" Check out my books for fun activities for your child, too!

Here's an fun sensory rich recipe too!

Traffic Light


¼ graham cracker
chocolate frosting
green, yellow & red M&M


Get graham cracker
Spread chocolate frosting
Put on red M&M on top
Put on yellow M&M below red
Put on green M&M below yellow



Foot Prints!


Foot Prints


Drawing paper
Crayon, colored pencils, markers
Glitter Glue


Stabilize white paper on flat surface.
Trace feet on white paper using crayons
Add glitter glue for “painted toes”

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This is just one example of the great ideas from one of my books!!

Paint the Driveway!!!

Get some buckets of water and paint brushes!

Use the paintbrushes (focusing on an appropriate grasping pattern and control) to paint the side walk!!

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SUPER Fun fine motor activities created by an OT!!!

Fine Motor Practice

Practice Makes Perfect... at least that's what they say!  So, here's a great task for you to try.  This is snapshot page from my recent book focused on fine motor tasks.

These are large beads.  Working with large beads focuses on the following skills:
In Hand Manipulation
Bilateral Integration
Bilateral Coordination
Midline Crossing
Finger Isolation
Wrist Rotation
Hand Dominance
Eye Hand Coordination
Focusing to Task
Motor Planning
Purposeful Play
Visual Perception

 The entire book is available HERE:
Purple Toes Books





Answer some of your fine motor questions with these free resources from Purple Toes Books!!!

Also, check out the GREAT resource books available for you and your child!


Keep your eyes peeled.. they will be posted soon! 


Check out some awesome fine motor activities

Sidewalk Chalk

Get out the sidewalk chalk mom, dad, gramma, cousin... etc., etc.,
It's time to color the sidewalk and fence... make a huge mess and THEN... wash it down with the water sprayer!

Why sidewalk chalk?
* Works on appropriate grasping pattern
* Works on muscle gradation - too much pressure and then chalk breaks!  Too little and it doesn't write!
* Works on strokes and coloring!

What a fun media to practice writing!
Have fun!!!


Hello all!
It's been FAR TOO long since I updated this blog, so I've decided to reinstate it and dedicate myself to a weekly update!  In this post I want to introduce my newest endeavor, books dedicated to improving sensory and fine motor skills for kids (mostly preschool, but I'm writing my early intervention one now...)  These books came about after I decided to make easy to use reference materials for myself in the treatment setting.  After using them for a two years in the practice setting, I decided to publish my favorites and make them available to all.  There are three different versions of each book, so the reader can choose what best meets his/her needs.

Here's my new website:
Purple Toes Books

Purple Toes Books!

I am so happy to finally welcome these new resource books into the world!

And... if you are curious... the name came from my son's toes... as they often appear purple due his disability!  Just a cute way to show my love and dedication to those little purple toes!

Hope you enjoy!