DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: GRASP

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The term grasp is easy enough to understand.  It’s simply how children pick up and hold onto tools, objects – anything in their environment. *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. What gets slightly more complicated are the huge variety of different grasp patterns kids use every single day as they play, work, eat, dress themselves, and more!  These grasp patterns tend to change and progress as children grow from infants into toddlers, preschoolers, and eventually big kids! Babies tend [Continue Reading]

GAMES FOR GROUPS: HAND CLAPPING GAMES FOR KIDS

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If you’re looking for fun games for groups of kids, nothing beats good old-fashioned hand clapping games!  Who would have thought that hand clapping games could address so many different developmental skills at once? Bilateral coordination, memory and cognitive skills, and cooperative play are all packed into these fun songs and games – and they’ll also take you for a little stroll down memory lane! We thought this post was the perfect fit for our Backyard Activities for Kids series! WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Free hand [Continue Reading]

MOVEMENT MONDAY: ACTIVE KIDS!

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Okay, we need to know — how did you keep your active kids busy this weekend? We played several games of softball, a game of baseball and a few hours of soccer.   And that was just the organized activities!  After all of that, we went exploring at our nearby waterfall — jumping from stone to stone, wading through the ankle deep (and VERY cold) water, and climbing the banks to get a better view.  It was so much fun and [Continue Reading]

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: FINGER ISOLATION

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Finger isolation is the ability to move one finger at a time.  Separating the movements of one finger from the movement of the other fingers is a tricky, but important fine motor skill for kids. *This post contains affiliate links.  Read more. Think about everything your child does throughout the day that requires finger isolation: pointing, typing on the computer or another device, tying shoes, counting on his fingers, completing clothing fasteners, picking up small objects, and much more! A [Continue Reading]

35 MESS-FREE SENSORY PLAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

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One of the most common complaints we hear about sensory play is that people simply don’t like the mess.  We get it.  Busy moms, dads, and teachers don’t always have the time (or the energy) to clean up a huge mess after the kids have gone crazy with shaving cream or a big bin of sand. But what if we told you that making a mess with your hands is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to [Continue Reading]

MOVEMENT MONDAY

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I think that we can officially say that spring, or summer (it’s been in the mid-80’s here in Cleveland) has officially begun and it is time to get outside and get moving with your kids!  If you ask me, there is no better way to work on child development skills while having a BLAST than by getting kids outdoors!  Take a bike ride, find a new playground to explore, or go for a swim — well, maybe not a swim outside [Continue Reading]

CORE STRENGTHENING THROUGH EVERYDAY PLAY

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Core strengthening for kids continues to be one of the top search terms people use to find their way to The Inspired Treehouse.  And…we are SO glad! As pediatric therapists, we know all about core strength!   We have written about why core strengthening is so important for kids, we’ve featured great toys and games that promote core strength, and we’ve even showed off a quick tip for core strengthening along with some super creative homemade ways to strengthen the core. [Continue Reading]

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: ENDURANCE

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Endurance is defined as the ability to demonstrate sustained effort without physical fatigue.  So basically, endurance is how long you can keep moving!  Now, if you are 40 like me, things take on a whole new meaning as endurance means making it through the day without a nap!  :) But kids take endurance to a whole new level.  If you’ve ever played tag with a group of preschoolers, you’ve seen the power of endurance at work.  Most kids seem like [Continue Reading]

MAKING DIY PARTY DECORATIONS WITH KIDS

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Most kids love going to birthday parties.  But I’ve found what my kids love even more is throwing a birthday party.  And while they love tasting the cake batter off of a spatula, and sending out invitations, what they get most excited about is decorating and preparing for the guests to arrive! Today, we’re showing off some super easy, and super cheap DIY party decorations that kids can help make.  My boys and nieces and nephews were thrilled to be able [Continue Reading]