Gratitude Starts at Home!

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The holiday season is here and so is the time to bring out the craft box and enjoy a fun project with your children, friends and family. How we speak, share and spend our time tells others about who we are and what we value, so spend it with your loved ones and enjoy some fun activities for the season.  Grab a mug of delicious hot chocolate and gather up some craft supplies and have fun creating the following holiday-themed masterpieces!

Pipe cleaner names: Take a pipe cleaner and begin to form each letter of your child’s name. Have your child string orange, yellow and brown pony beads on each letter after they are formed. Have them alternate the colors or encourage them to create their own sequence of colors. Older children will enjoy laying out their own names with little to no supervision while younger children may need a little extra help. Always encourage laying them out left to right and name off the letters in proper sequence. Letter recognition comes before writing. Make a fun game of it by mixing up the letters, turn them around or upside down and see if they can unscramble their names. Try removing a single letter and see if your child can discover which letter is missing!


Leaves of Gratitude: Have your child think of the things they are thankful for, ranging from the big things like family, to the little things that are important to them. Write them down on cut out leaves of various colors and scatter them about the table, the windows, or in a big bowl. The older child will enjoy writing out their own and cutting out paper leaves. Review the leaves with your child from time to time and see if they add new reasons for being grateful during this festive season.

As a pediatric occupational therapist and mother of four, I am continually grateful for the children I come in contact with through HOOT, in the clinic and at home.

Lisa Cummings OTR/L Director of Fun, Co-Founder & Mother of Four Pediatric Occupational Therapist Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Certified (SIPT)

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