MOVEMENT MONDAY: GROSS MOTOR SKILLS FOR KIDS!

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Happy Monday everyone!  We hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend if you live here in the USA and that you were able to get lots of play outside with your little ones to work on those gross motor skills! Our week was busy at The Inspired Treehouse.  Our post about Toe Walking was shared by our friend Vanessa at Pre-K Pages (another fantastic blog that you should definitely check out!) and things went viral from there!  The post sparked a lot [Continue Reading]

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: CROSSING THE MIDLINE

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If you work with kids and are familiar with developmental skills, you might have heard some buzz about a concept called crossing the midline or midline crossing.  If a child is able to cross the midline, it means that she is able to efficiently use and move the limbs of one side of the body in the space of the opposite side of her body. *This post contains affiliate links.  Read more. For example, if a child drives a toy [Continue Reading]

EASY GAMES FOR KIDS: VISUAL RESTAURANT WAITING GAME

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Waiting with little ones can be tough.  This is where quick, easy games for kids come in!  Check out one of Lauren’s favorites for waiting in a restaurant with kids! Sitting in a restaurant waiting for a meal with kids can be exhausting.  We try to have that quality family time, talking about what we did that day or dreaming about our summer bucket list. But, let’s face it.  That lasts for about 2 minutes before everyone is clambering for [Continue Reading]

HANDWRITING FOR KIDS: THE PEN PAL PROJECT WEEK 6

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Welcome back to the The Pen Pal Project  – our summer program that makes handwriting for kids FUN!  This week, we’re going to focus on alignment – keeping those letters on the writing lines! – and we have more great printable writing prompts for your kiddos! *This post contains affiliate links.  Read more. This week, kids will get to write about: what they like to do when it’s hot outside! –Week 6 Writing Prompt Handwriting Page for older kids who [Continue Reading]

THE BEST TOYS FOR PROMOTING BALANCE

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Balance is an important developmental skill for all kids.  Today we’re featuring some of the best toys on the market for promoting balance! *This is a sponsored post written on behalf of FlagHouse. All opinions are 100% ours. Balance is important for so many things kids have to do.  Some of them obvious, like walking across a balance beam, and some not so obvious, like maintaining upright posture in a classroom chair. Balance is directly related to core strength – the [Continue Reading]

PLAYDATES AND PRAGMATIC LANGUAGE: LESS PERFECTION, MORE PLAY!

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Pragmatic language, or the social use of language, is an often-overlooked aspect of speech and language development that can help determine your child’s ability to make friends and successfully interact with others. Maybe you know a child who stands too close, talks too loud, doesn’t understand when others are done talking or makes random remarks with no back story. He may have a huge vocabulary and clear speech and he may use long, complex sentences – yet he is not [Continue Reading]

MOVEMENT MONDAY: GROSS MOTOR PLAY

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You shared some fantastic ideas for gross motor play on our Facebook page last Monday and we are excited to show you our favorite 3 today! We have been moving and grooving all week here at The Inspired Treehouse.  We’re on week 5 of our Pen Pal Project and we have continued our ABCs of Child Development Series with K is for Kicking. Here are our 3 favorite gross motor play ideas from Movement Monday Last week!  After you have checked them out, please [Continue Reading]

BATH TIME FUN (AND A LITTLE POTTY HUMOR TOO)

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Quilted Northern for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. When we think of the bathroom, we automatically think of bath time!  It’s one of our favorite experiences for promoting sensory and motor development in kids because water play elicits all kinds of great developmental skills.   These poor blue goggles can’t unsee and can never forget… #HelpMeForget #ad @QuiltedNorthern pic.twitter.com/iODvGmvpPa — Inspired Treehouse (@inspiredtree) June 25, 2015 But bath toys and soap [Continue Reading]

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: LETTER FORMATION AND CONSTRUCTION

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When I work with kids on handwriting in my therapy practice, I differentiate between letter formation and letter construction.  Both important skills, but very different. *This post contains affiliate links.  Read more. I refer to the appearance and legibility of letters as letter formation.  Are the letters easy to see?  Did the child use clear marks on the page?  Did they use enough force on their writing utensil?  Are there any reversals? I refer to how the child actually produces [Continue Reading]