10 OUTDOOR TOYS TO INSPIRE MOVEMENT, EXPLORATION & FUN!

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Now that it’s officially spring, we’re on the lookout for the best outdoor toys for kids!  But we’re not just looking for any old toy…we want cool, creative, well-made products that will get kids moving, exploring, and rediscovering the outdoors after a looooong, coooold winter stuck inside! Check out some of these awesome outdoor toys for kids – perfect for some outdoor springtime fun! *This post contains affiliate links.  Read more. 1 || Ogo Parker Picnic Activity Mat – How cool [Continue Reading]

MOVEMENT MONDAY: MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES FOR SPRINGTIME FUN!

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Last week, we were so fortunate to have the amazing Emily from Eager Ed here at The Inspired Treehouse to share some super creative movement activities for kids.  Did you try any of them? SO.MUCH.FUN! You must have been inspired to create your own activities to encourage gross motor play because the number of shares on our Facebook page last week was CRAZY! Here are a few of our favorites: KIDS YOGA STORIES ||  Giselle is always one of our “go-to” girls for great movement [Continue Reading]

PHYSICAL GAMES FOR KIDS: JUMPING ANIMALS

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It’s always awesome when you can work language, cognitive, or academic concepts into physical games for kids.  It gets them moving and learning and that kind of learning is the kind that really sticks! To close out our animal series, we have a game that will have your kids jumping like animals found all over the world! You know how we roll around here — MOVE TO LEARN! Today, we will be jumping long and high like kangaroos, fast and low like bunny rabbits, [Continue Reading]

BEST SUBSCRIPTION BOXES FOR KIDS: ANIMAL TRACKERS CLUB

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Do you have a little animal lover in your house? That kiddo who could go to the zoo every single day of the summer and never get sick of it? The one who has watched every single episode of Wild Kratts a million times? …Keep on creature adventuring! The one whose favorite game is “pet shop”, where he deposits his stuffed animals all over the house to be viewed by potential “customers”? Yep. We have one of those at our [Continue Reading]

JUNGLE ANIMAL YOGA FOR KIDS

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We are so thrilled to have our friend, Giselle Shardlow with us today to share an awesome animal yoga sequence for kids!  Little ones will learn all about jungle animals – how they look, how they move, and more! Giselle is the author of Kids Yoga Stories.  Her yoga books for kids get children learning, moving, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the yoga stories found at Kids Yoga Stories  and on Amazon worldwide. The purpose [Continue Reading]

MOVEMENT MONDAY GROSS MOTOR PLAY IDEAS: BUBBLE WRAP!

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If you’re a regular reader here at The Inspired Treehouse, you know that we’re always on the lookout for creative gross motor play ideas for kids – especially on Movement Monday! Today is no exception and we’ve asked our friends over at Eager Ed to be our guests to share some of their brilliant play ideas that will get kids moving in unique and creative ways!  We can’t wait to see what they came up with!  Take it away, Emily! Lauren [Continue Reading]

TEACHING YOUR CHILD HOW TO JUMP ROPE

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As a child, I remember spending hours a day with my jump rope.  Learning how to jump rope was a HUGE rite of passage on the playground. My sister and I would see how fast or slow we could jump, we would race up and down the driveway jumping rope, and we would see how many times we could jump the same rope together while each holding a handle. But in those days (sigh), we didn’t have jump ropes as [Continue Reading]

ANIMAL TAG GAME FOR KIDS

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Now that spring has almost officially sprung and your kids have LOTS of pent up energy to expend, let’s get them outside and moving with a fun new tag game for kids! Kids love tag because of the competitive nature of the game and we therapists love tag because it is full of developmental benefits like motor planning, agility, coordination, balance, and endurance challenges and general gross motor skill practice! As part of our animal theme, we came up with [Continue Reading]

PLAYROOM IDEAS FOR KIDS: CLAIRE’S DREAM PLAYROOM

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  When Lauren came up with the idea for each of us to create an inspiration board with our favorite playroom ideas for kids, I couldn’t wait to get started! One of our running jokes in the school where we work is the “In Your Dreams Preschool”, a magical fantasy place that we dream of whenever we don’t have quite the right space, equipment, or materials to do what we want to do with our kids.  It’s the preschool/school that [Continue Reading]