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Ms. Sam, OT - Dearborn Public Schools

Movement Monday!

Hope everyone had a restful weekend! For today’s Movement Monday activity, blow up a balloon and play some “balloon volleyball” – see how long you can keep it up in the air! Play one on one, or make it a family affair. This activity addresses upper arm strengthening, midline crossing, eye hand coordination, and balance.

Boy and mom playing balloon volleyball.

If you don’t have a balloon on hand, grab any type of ball and practice tossing and catching. Change it up by using one hand, both hands, or alternating hands.

Hand Strengthening

Our hands are made up of so many little muscles that need to be strengthened in order to participate in fine motor tasks. You would be surprised at the amount of simple things you have around the house that will help strengthen those muscles!

Click the link below to find a list of all the things you can do at home to strengthen hand muscles to improve fine motor skills:


Hand squeezing putty.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at khanafs@dearbornschools.org or on the “Remind” app!

OT Support!

During this time of uncertainty, I want to ensure that we work together to continue supporting you and your children at home. On my blog, you will find menus that explain different areas of performance. I plan to post strategies and fun activities that can be done around the house with everyday items. These strategies and activities will target foundational skills, which will help to increase the more refined skills needed in the school setting.

During this time, I pray for you and your family’s continued health and safety. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to email me at khanafs@dearbornschools.org.

Smily face on pink post it.

Sending positive vibes to all!

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