Fun tips, tools, and resources to build children's fine motor skills and more.

Fun Strokes is your go-to site for information, inspiration, and resources that have been thoughtfully curated to equip children with the tools they need to be successful in school and in life. Fun Strokes was created by me, a pediatric occupational therapist, to facilitate understanding and insight into the very complex area of fine motor skill development. Fun Strokes is for parents, teachers, therapists, and anyone who has a passion for helping children.

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Linda Craig Dennis M.Ed., OTR/L
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Get children ready for the handwriting demands of kindergarten and beyond by using this fun and engaging pre-writing program. Fun Strokes is an innovative curriculum purposefully designed for children of ALL abilities and addresses all facets of fine motor skill.

The Fun Strokes blog provides helpful information for therapists, teachers and parents of pre-school aged and school-aged children.  Knowledge gained from over two decades of experience working as a pediatric occupational therapist is shared via topic specific posts.  My goal is to serve as a go-to source of reliable information about fine motor skills, sensory processing skills, attending skills and many more topics of interest for those who care for or work with children. Enter your email address to follow my blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Fun Strokes LLC is based in Suffolk, VA. Fun Strokes LLC provides occupational therapy services via summer and after school programs. Services are designed for children who struggle with learning how to write or handwriting legibility. Programs consist of 45-minute sessions that span over 6-weeks (summer) and 8-weeks (fall/spring). Fun Strokes is housed at Stonebridge School in Chesapeake, VA and is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Your child does not need to be enrolled at Stonebridge School to participate in Fun Strokes programs. Please click the link above for more information.

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Looking for something fun to do with kids this winter?

Winter crafts are perfect for building fine motor skills! This adorable snowflake craft is super cute and so fun to make, and as always, for pennies on the dollar. Checkout my latest Frugal OT post!

The Frugal OT Series: Let It Snow!

This craft is a classic, snowflakes made from craft sticks. They are super simple to make! All you need is 4 craft sticks. Using two craft sticks, make a cross and glue them together in the middle where they meet. Then make an oblique cross (an X) using the other two craft sticks. Glue them together where they meet. Done! The addition of a few Dollar Tree finds creates the perfect fine motor boost. Build fine motor strength and coordination by placing two mini clothespins on the ends of select craft sticks to make the dendrites of the snowflake. Ditch paintbrushes and create a greater fine motor demand by using a pump spray bottle to paint the snowflake. Add another element of design and motor challenge by using an eye dropper to apply glitter. Embellish with buttons, beads or whatever you have handy. I used glass mosaic tiles. So many fine motor skills are addressed in this fun winter themed activity. Perfect to do during therapy sessions, as a class, and/or at home. All the supplies can be gathered for pennies on the dollar at your local Dollar Tree.

Keep reading

Would you like suggestions for more budget friendly fine motor activities? Check out these posts from my series “The Frugal OT”.

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A must-do pre-writing program for pre-school aged children of ALL abilities

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Fun Strokes Clubs are offered at Stonebridge School in Chesapeake, VA. 

“My 5 year old son will be going to Kindergarten next year and he was in need of some assistance with his overall handwriting skills (including drawingut straight lines, shapes, letters, and numbers).  When I saw the advertisement for Fun Strokes, I really wanted him to participate in hopes that his writing skills would improve.  This program did just that and it helped with his self confidence.   His Pre-K teacher noticed a difference before she was even aware that he was attending Fun Strokes.  I would definitely recommend this program for students who need that extra boost!”

K. Flynn, Parent

Covid-19 mitigation measures will be in place in all programs.

Did You Know?

Between 10% and 30% of children experience difficulty learning how to form letters and numbers.

Chung, Patel, & Nizami 2020

“Labored handwriting creates a drain on mental resources needed for higher-level aspects of writing, such as attention to content, elaboration of details, and organization of ideas.”

Louise Spear-Swerling (2006)

Between 90–98% of children with ADHD and autism struggle with learning how to write.

Chung, Patel, & Nizami 2020

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