Mar 26

Tips from the American Occupational Therapy Association

Today I am sharing resources from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The resources will discuss building routines at home, daily living skills, and play skills. Below are direct links to the web pages and PDFs (if you like to print a hard copy). Please contact me at if you have any questions about the information below.

Establishing Routines at Home

Establishing Daily Living Skills Routines

Building Play Skills

Mar 23

Homemade Playdough

Making homemade playdough is fun and easy! The process of making and playing with the playdough is a learning experience. Children will be working on scanning, sequencing, grasping, pinching, bilateral coordination, eye hand coordination, strengthening, crossing mid-line, sensory processing, and shape/letter recognition and formation skills. Print out the recipe so you can follow along. Allow the child to try each step (except for pouring the hot water). If the child has difficulty, help the child with physical, verbal, and visual assistance. Such as hand over hand assistance, pointing to the next step, and giving verbal clues. When you are done playing, place the playdough in a ziplock bag or container to play with the next day!

Recipe for Homemade Playdough

  1. Add 1 cup flour to bowl
  2. Add ¼ cup salt to bowl
  3. Add 1 koolaid packet to bowl
  4. Stir dry ingredients
  5. Add ⅔ cup of very hot water to bowl (not boiling). Have an adult complete this step for safety.
  6. Add 1 tablespoon of oil
  7. Mix ingredients
  8. Optional: Add flour or water as needed for correct consistency 
  9. Sprinkle flour on flat surface and scoop the playdough on to flat surface
  10. Knead the playdough with hands 
  11. Time to play!

During the activity have your children do the following:

  • Locate, gather, and carry items to the table
  • Identify and name each ingredient 
  • Pour and scoop ingredients into measuring cups and spoons
  • Open the packaged ingredients 
  • Pour ingredients into bowl
  • Mix the ingredients with a mixing spoon
  • Use hands to mix

Ideas on how to play with the playdough:

  • Push your hand into the playdough
  • Squeeze the playdough, count aloud how many seconds you can hold it
  • Roll the playdough between two hands
  • Roll out a snake and ball using your hand
  • Make a snowman
  • Use a rolling pin to flatten the playdough
  • Pinch the playdough using your thumb and index finger
  • Place a ball of playdough between two fingers and squeeze your fingers together
  • Roll out little balls and count
  • Make a bowl
  • Use cookie cutters
  • Add beads to the playdough and find the beads
  • Push buttons into the playdough
  • Press a fork into the playdough
  • Make a snake and cut with scissors
  • Slice the playdough with a plastic knife
  • Create letters of name 
  • Create shapes
  • Draw shapes and letters on a paper and then form playdough to match the shape/letter and lay it on top of the paper



Hello! Welcome! My name is Sumaiyah Mahmood and I am an occupational therapist at Howe and William Ford. I will be sharing resources and links about skills we address in occupational therapy and how to address them at home. The students have been working at school to build on their skills and it is important to maintain and grow those skills at home. One of the best ways to build fine motor, visual motor/perceptual, cognitive, sensory processing, and self care skills is for the child to participate in and practice everyday activities. Activities such as helping with cooking, putting their clothes on, feeding themselves, interacting with toys and games, making art/craft projects, and helping with chores (laundry, sweeping, making their bed, and cleaning up their belongings). If you have any questions please email me at