Mini Winter Olympics teach motor skills

A group of Bronx preschoolers is playing games this week -- Olympic games.

A group of Bronx preschoolers is playing games this week -- Olympic games. (1/26/17)

THE BRONX - A group of Bronx preschoolers is playing games this week -- Olympic games.

More than 100 students at New York Institute for Special Education are partaking in their own miniaturized Winter Olympics to help improve their motor skills.

Activities range from bowling to skating to "snowball" fights using balled up pieces of paper. Each class chose a country to represent and proudly waved flags.

At the end, every student goes home with a medal. 

"If you walk around and see all the smiles on their faces, and them laughing, it's really fulfilling for us as therapists and teachers," says Amy Alpert, an occupational therapist at the school.

The institute is one of the oldest in the country providing specialized services for children with disabilities.

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