Paint the Driveway - Pre-Writing Fun!

Get some buckets of water and paint brushes!

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

For more GREAT fine motor ideas:

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

Fine Motor Practice for Prewriting

Prewriting...  So IMPORTANT

Prewriting is the starter skills to writing letters.  When I work with my students, I remind families WHY I work so hard on fine motor practice and prewriting tasks. Prewriting strokes arrive in the following order... just like baby teeth!!

Vertical line (top to bottom)
Horizontal line (left to right)
Cross (top to bottom, left to right)
X (left to right, right to left - start at the top)

To incorporate fine motor practice, consider checking out the following book:

Fine Motor Items for Play (OT)
Fine Motor Items for Daily Practice (teacher)
Fine Motor Daily Practice (parent)






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!

The Magical Start Write!


Allow me to introduce you to my FAVORITE pencil gripper for young emerging writers than need a little prompting to keep a developing tripod grasp (static).  I tend to provide it to kindergarteners within the first month of school as a choice to help facilitate an appropriate grasping pattern if needed.

Check out some awesome fine motor information!

Handwriting Camps

Some areas provide handwriting camps during the summer months to work on handwriting skills. 

First Strokes is on of the big ones and offers several options to parents.

First Strokes Summer Camp

Here are some other options for camps:

Carolina Peds

Alabama Camps

Texas Camps

Just do a quick google search for "handwriting camp and your area" and you should find a camp to meet your needs.  If not... maybe I could think about creating an opportunities via blogging???


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!