DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES: AGES 2-3

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For kids ages 2 and 3, it’s all about play!  The developmental milestones your toddler has already achieved mean that he has become increasingly independent and is able to engage in play activities for longer periods of time without needing so much of your guidance.  And when they are playing, they are learning!  The learning is happening not only in their minds, but also in their bodies.  Coordination, balance, and motor planning skills are improving and each new skill that [Continue Reading]

FINE MOTOR SKILLS: 10 ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS

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*This post contains affiliate links.  Learn more. We’ve already talked about how toddlers love to move and explore. Kids this age are learning so much about the world and a big part of this involves fine motor skills: being able to grasp and manipulate the objects that interest them. Simply showing an object to a 1 or 2-year-old isn’t enough.  They want to hold it and see it for themselves.  From toys, to remote controls, to your cell phone – it’s [Continue Reading]

MOVEMENT MONDAY GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES October 20

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  The air is getting cooler here in Ohio and you have to move around a little more to stay warm outside.  In other words, it is PERFECT weather for MOVEMENT MONDAY — the day of the week dedicated to whole body, gross motor activities here at The Inspired Treehouse.  We had some awesome activities shared on our Facebook page last Monday and we can’t wait for you to be inspired.  Here we go!!   TINY TOTS ADVENTURE had this great idea for [Continue Reading]

10 GREAT SENSORY ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS

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Exploration is the name of the game for children ages 1 and 2!  As they become mobile, babies have a tendency to get into everything, from unraveling an entire roll of toilet paper to digging through the dog’s bowl of food. Try one of these sensory activities for toddlers that allow them to touch, taste, listen, watch, smell, and above all – move!  They’ll love the chance to make a bit of a mess as they explore the world around [Continue Reading]

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]