HOW TO PLAN A BOX TOPS BIKE-A-THON!

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Have you seen our recent post about Creating a Classroom Sensory Motor Kit with Funds from Box Tops?  As pediatric therapists, we can’t think of a better way to use Box Tops for Education™ earnings than to create a sensory and motor-rich learning environment for kids! There are so many great ways to use Box Tops funds to support our schools.  Our idea was to infuse movement and sensory experiences into the school day by purchasing some simple equipment to [Continue Reading]

CREATE A CLASSROOM SENSORY MOTOR KIT WITH BOX TOPS!

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Whether it’s for tech equipment, educational materials, or supplies for extracurricular activities, we all know that it takes money and resources to run a great school.  This is where Box Tops for Education™ comes into play! I’ve been aware of the Box Tops for Education™ program for awhile now, but I’ll admit that I haven’t always been consistent with keeping up with it over the years for my boys’ school.  Luckily, my kids love searching for the Box Tops label [Continue Reading]

RESOURCES FOR SENSORY ISSUES IN KIDS: ANGIE VOSS

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As pediatric therapists, we’re always fielding questions and hearing concerns from friends, family members, acquaintances, and even strangers about sensory issues in kids: -She hates having her hands messy and melts down during every meal or whenever we try to do a craft with paint or glue. -He is terrified of climbing – even climbing the stairs is too much for him and he won’t play on the playground at all. -She makes constant sounds – humming, yelling, singing – all. [Continue Reading]

MOVEMENT MONDAY: OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

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Happy Monday!!   It is time to be inspired to get your whole body moving with some awesome outdoor activities from blogger friends around the web!  Check out some of the best ideas that were shared on our Facebook Page last Monday. TEACHING 2 & 3 YEAR OLDS ||  We love this awesome painting activity because it is simple, fun, and packed with child development benefits like bilateral coordination, motor control, and motor planning!  Grab some balls, paint, paper and a box and [Continue Reading]

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: POSTURE

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Our ABCs of Development series continues today with the letter P, for posture.  Learn more about why good posture is important and why so many kids struggle with it! This post contains affiliate links.  Read more. The ABCs of Development series has been so popular here at The Inspired Treehouse that we really want to make each and every letter pack a huge child development punch for our readers. But we have to admit, we are struggling to come up [Continue Reading]

15 EXPERT TIPS TO HELP KIDS IMPROVE HANDWRITING: PEN PAL PROJECT WEEK 9

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We’re winding down to the last couple weeks of The Pen Pal Project and we wanted to share some of our favorite expert tips and strategies to help kids improve handwriting!  We also have another fun writing prompt for all the pen pals out there! *This post contains affiliate links.  Read more. This week, kids will get to write about: the best thing that’s happened this summer! –Week 9 Writing Prompt Handwriting Page for older kids who are ready to [Continue Reading]

TAG GAMES FOR KIDS: BLOB TAG!

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Tag games are the perfect way for a big group of kids to play together, no matter what their age, gender, or ability! This post contains affiliate links.  Read more. We always have a gaggle of kids running around our neighborhood together at all hours of the day.  They ride bikes, play on their Spooner Boards on the grass, draw on the driveway with sidewalk chalk, jump rope, etc. This cooperative game called Blob Tag is so much fun and [Continue Reading]

10 DAYS TO CONQUER: HOW TO DO A CARTWHEEL

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Welcome back to the 10 Days to Conquer series!  Last time, we conquered clothing fasteners.  Today’s workout is… 10 Days to Conquer A Cartwheel! Ok, I’m going to really put myself out there today.  Here it goes…I, Claire Heffron, don’t know how to do a cartwheel.  There.  I said it. I can’t tell you how many times I tried as a kid, only to have my arms buckle or my legs not kick up high enough.  Watching my sister cartwheel circles [Continue Reading]

MOVEMENT MONDAY: CREATIVE MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

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Brighter, sunnier skies and warmer weather are ahead for me….maybe not in Ohio, but I am beach and vacation bound!  :)  Before I go, I had to share some of the creative movement activities that you all shared on our Facebook page last Monday.  And, in case you missed some of our fabulous child development ideas from this week, here’s a quick recap: ABCs of DEVELOPMENT: NEWBORN REFLEXES:  what are all of those jerky, involuntary movements in your baby? 10 DAYS TO CONQUER A [Continue Reading]