Fine and Gross Motor

Find creative ideas to stimulate your child's fine and gross motor development, including learning to crawl or walk, using utensils, manipulating objects or reaching out to find new toys.

A little boy playing with pom poms and bottles in a fine motor game.

Development, Fine and Gross Motor

13 Easy DIY Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers

Toddlers are constantly exploring the world through their hands and many simple activities can encourage fine motor development in preschoolers.

Young boy at physical therapy.

Fine and Gross Motor, Special Needs

What Does a Pediatric Physical Therapist Do?

Learn how to prepare for your child’s first physical therapist appointment so you can feel confident that they are getting the care they need.

Father Encouraging Baby Daughter To Take First Steps At Home

Development, Fine and Gross Motor

Understanding Gross Motor Delay in Children

Receiving a gross motor delay diagnosis may seem overwhelming at first. However, treatments can help your child catch up to their peers.

DIY toys

Fine and Gross Motor, Toys

6 DIY Toys to Encourage Fine Motor Development

I talked to an OT about some of the home-made toys she creates for her students to help them learn fine motor skills. Here are six of my favorites!

a prototype of the learning blanket with six panels

Fine and Gross Motor, Sensory Activities

The Learning Blanket: Tactile Activity Blankets & Pillows for Visually Impaired Kids

The Learning Blanket creates interactive blankets and pillows for kids who are blind, each containing visual, sensory, tactile and educational activities.

Water Bottle Peg Board

Fine and Gross Motor

Recycling OT Videos

Barbara Smith shares videos with ideas for making interesting games and toys out of basic materials that will encourage fine motor skills.

DIY stay put play spaces

Fine and Gross Motor, Sensory Activities

Hold Everything: “Stay-Put” Play Spaces for Infants and Young Children with Sensory Impairments and Other Special Needs

This guide provides you with DIY Stay-Put play spaces for infants and developmentally young children with sensory impairments and other special needs.

EazyHold grip strap used with children to hold toys, cups and utensils

Feeding and Eating, Fine and Gross Motor

EazyHold Grip Assist Strap

EazyHold is a simple but innovative grip assist strap that easily attaches to tools, toys, utensils and more! It enables children and adults with limited or no grip strength to...

Example of the Headpod being used

Fine and Gross Motor

Headpod keeps your head up!

Headpod keeps your head up! Revolutionary dynamic patented head support system for inadequate head control due to hypotonia of the neck muscles.

AFO socks

Fine and Gross Motor

AFO Socks

A great resource for anyone who uses AFOs, this site sells socks for both children and teens in a variety of colors. Yes, AFO socks in different colors and patterns!

Baby in a Merry Muscles jumper

Fine and Gross Motor

Merry Muscles: A Jumper for Big Kids!

Merry Muscles is a jumper that connects to a door frame or beam in your ceiling. What makes it special is that they carry ALL sizes, from baby up to...

girl wearing AFOs

Fine and Gross Motor

Hatchbacks AFO Footwear

Hatchbacks are shoes designed specifically for children wearing AFO's, DAFO's, and orthotics. The shoes are easy to put on and easy to keep on, but most importantly they look really...

Ivan in aquatherapy

Fine and Gross Motor

What is Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatherapy for children with disabilities improves strength and flexibility and also focuses on body awareness, sensory integration, motor planning, and learning how to move muscles in new ways. The pool...

Ivan playing with his can puzzle

Fine and Gross Motor, Toys

Make Your Own Can Puzzle!

If your child has a vision impairment or struggles with fine motor skills you may want to create a sorting puzzle that is simple. Most sorting puzzles have multiple shapes,...

A baby in a bumbo seat

Fine and Gross Motor

The Bumbo Baby Seat: Helping your baby join in

Learn about the Bumbo Baby Seat and find out why it's great for blind and disabled babies and toddlers who need help sitting up on their own.

WaterWayBabies

Fine and Gross Motor

WaterWayBabies

The WaterWayBabies System is a simple, easy-to-use water-based method of stimulating and strengthening your baby to help improve physical and mental development.

Bilibo

Fine and Gross Motor, Toys

The Bilibo: A Great Toy for Visually Impaired Kids

Find out about Ivan's new favorite toy - the Bilibo - and why it's so great!

Ivan in his mini play area

Fine and Gross Motor, Sensory Activities, Toys

Make Your Own Mini Play Area!

If you don't have the space or money to invest in a large sensory play area for your blind baby we've got the solution for you!