GROSS MOTOR SKILLS: 10 ACTIVITIES FOR 1 AND 2-YEAR-0LDS

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There are tons of fun and simple ways to promote gross motor skills in your child between ages 1 and 2.  And the best part of kids at this age is that they’re interested in everything, which makes it easy to get their attention and engage in exploration, climbing, and learning about how their bodies move in space. Here are some of our favorite ways to promote gross motor development in your 1 to 2-year-old! 1 – Try one of these fun balance [Continue Reading]

DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES: AGES 1 -2

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Amazing changes happen between the first and second years of childhood as your baby’s nerves and muscles learn to work together and motor skills start to take off!   When babies become toddlers, they meet all kinds of developmental milestones as they gain balance, confidence and independence.  As their brains develop, so does their coordination and motor control. Sometime between 12 and 24 months, your baby will progress from standing all by herself to learning to walk and she may even [Continue Reading]

MOVEMENT MONDAY GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES OCTOBER 13

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Hey there everyone!  How was your weekend? We celebrated an 8th birthday with a little bit of roller skating, bungie jumping, and laser tag at a local indoor playground.  It was a blast! We are ready to round up our favorite gross motor activities that were shared on our Facebook page last week.  Did you remember to share yours?  If not, there is always today!   Head on over there as soon as you are finished reading this round-up and post your gross [Continue Reading]

OUR FAVORITE HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

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Halloween might just be our favorite holiday here at The Inspired Treehouse.  The costumes, the jack-o-lanterns, the chill in the air…the candy!  Today, we’ve rounded up some of our very favorite Halloween activities for kids.  But these ideas are a lot more than just fun.  They’re packed with all kinds of great ways to support healthy child development – from gross motor skills to fine motor skills to sensory processing and more! We believe that kids learn and develop best [Continue Reading]

HALLOWEEN GAMES FOR KIDS: CANDY CORN RELAY

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I love Halloween – talking to my kids about what they want their costumes to be, decorating the house and the yard, going to the pumpkin patch – so much fun!  But my favorite part of the holiday?  The candy corn!  It’s definitely one of my weaknesses when it comes to sweet treats! In fact, I brought this activity to use with my kids in therapy and I ended up eating the entire bag of candy corn.  The. Entire. Bag. [Continue Reading]

HALLOWEEN FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES: VAMPIRE TEETH

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What’s a vampire’s favorite fruit?  A neck-tarine!  Sorry, couldn’t help myself.  :)  Looking for fun fine motor activities this Halloween?  Then you’ve come to the right place!  We love using Halloween sensory bins and manipulatives to get little ones in the spirit of this spooky season. With the addition of an old classic Halloween prop, a sensory bin or a bowl full of Halloween craft items can turn into some real fine motor fun!   WHAT YOU’LL NEED: -Plastic vampire [Continue Reading]

FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES: MINI MONSTER CRAFT

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Activities for kids don’t have to require a whole lot of fancy materials in order to target important developmental skills.  We love activities and projects that give you a lot of bang for your buck!  This is one of our new favorites. Kids will love creating their own one-of-a-kind Mini Monster craft with this super easy (and super cheap!) idea.  This one is awesome for working on fine motor and bilateral coordination skills and would be great to make at a [Continue Reading]

HALLOWEEN CRAFTS: GLOW IN THE DARK GHOSTS

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We had a few styrofoam balls left over from this cute little owl craft so we decided to use them again for another unique creation! My kiddos love anything that has to do with glue, and I knew that they would be excited about the potential of creating something that would glow in the dark.  So I picked up some Glow in the Dark paint and a bottle of school glue and away we went! These little guys are the [Continue Reading]

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS AND LITERACY: ABCs OF MOVEMENT

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One of the most important parts of our mission here at The Inspired Treehouse is inspiring children to move!  And as therapists, we know that there is a very strong connection between movement and learning. Laurie Gombash, a fellow pediatric PT, has taken this concept and developed a product that is perfect for kinesthetic learners (those who learn best through movement!).  After having dinner with her this summer, we were excited to receive a package in the mail that contained [Continue Reading]