Sometimes, listening to my 5-year-old chatter away with her friends can be exhausting :) but I simply love how much they have to say and how imaginative they are when telling stories. Cooperative fine motor activities let them work together to build their own collaborative creative masterpieces. WHAT YOU'LL NEED: White paper, colored pencils or crayons WHAT TO DO: Start with a blank piece of paper and some colored pencils or crayons, and let the story begin! Instruct one child to draw a picture of an object on the paper. Give suggestions such as a person, flower, animal, sun, or house. The ... Read More about FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES: STORYBOOK DRAWING
This fun group visual game is a great way to get kids engaged with one another in a classroom or other group setting while engaging the visual system. Have you ever lost one of your kids at the grocery store or the zoo? Or at the park…or the library…or the science center? Okay, now I’m showing all my cards. Yes, I lose my kids. A lot. They’re 3 lightening-quick and super curious boys, a combination that makes for tons of fun for them and a lot of freak-out moments for me when they run away from me in public. But don’t worry - this version of Who’s Missing is a lot less stressful than ... Read More about Who’s Missing Visual Game
How many times have you told your child to “turn on his listening ears?” Well, this activity makes learning to listen fun as children explore their environments together. The only catch is - one friend is blindfolded! You'll definitely want to add this activity to your arsenal of learning games for kids! WHAT YOU WILL NEED: Blindfold, balls, basket, or any additional objects to incorporate into the game WHAT TO DO: Designate a clear, safe space for this activity and be sure to have an adult supervising! Children take turns being a leader and a follower. When it is the child’s turn to ... Read More about COOPERATIVE LEARNING GAMES FOR KIDS: BLIND PLAY
As therapists, we love activities for kids that can be adapted for all ages and ability levels. This activity can be as simple, or as challenging as you make it! The object is to get your partner to copy the position of your body as if they were looking into a mirror. And while you're at it, learn some cooperation skills! WHAT YOU'LL NEED: You'll just need the kids and some open space for this one! WHAT TO DO: Designate one child as the “leader” and place the children so that they are facing each other. The leader positions her body and asks the other child to mimic that position. ... Read More about COOPERATIVE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS: MIRROR, MIRROR
Si ya nos sigues en The Inspired Treehouse , seguramente has leído algunas de nuestras publicaciones sobre el fortalecimiento básico para niños. Para algunos, este concepto suena un poco alocado. ¿Músculos centrales? ¿Fortalecimiento muscular? ¿¡Para niños!? ¿De qué hablan? ¿Por qué no podemos dejar que los niños sean tan solo ser niños? Quédense tranquilos, no estamos hablando de armar rutinas de trabajo con los niños para que sus abdominales luzcan trabajados. No es esa la idea. Hablamos simplemente de dar a los niños una base sólida para que desarrollen cada una de sus destrezas de ... Read More about ¿Cómo saber si tu hijo desarrolla una musculatura central fuerte?
Check out a few of our favorite kids books about cooperation skills and friendship! 1 Frederick by Leo Lionni: A sweet tale about the magic that can happen when everyone contributes his unique talents to the team. 2 Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle: This catchy, song-like book tells the tale of Blue, the friends he makes along his way, and how they all work together to help Blue out when he's in a jam. 3 Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman: A cute little rhyme about a hungry Bear and his forest friends who all pitch in to help him fill his tummy. 4 Can I Play Too? by Mo ... Read More about OUR FAVORITE KIDS BOOKS ABOUT COOPERATION
This fun obstacle course for kids is a great way to encourage teamwork and social skills while also working on gross motor skills like balance and coordination! Remember the days of having to hold your best friend’s hand everywhere you went? Kids will play on this sign of friendship in these fun obstacle course gross motor development activities for kids. What you'll need: Varies depending on activities of choice above What to do: Create an obstacle course (ideas below!) and have the children try to maneuver through it while holding their partner’s hand. Don’t let go or you have to ... Read More about Activities for Kids: Partner Obstacle Course
Gross Motor Development Activity: Create Your Own Roller Coaster Ride Ok, lets have some fun today! In my career as an OT (and also as a mom who encourages her kids to explore anything and everything), I have never come across a child who does not like to move! Sometimes the simplest gross motor activities can be the most fun. So find some kids and a sheet, and lets go! WHAT YOU'LL NEED: Sheet (any size) WHAT DO DO: Spread a sheet (any size) on a wood or tile floor, or outside on the grass. Instruct one child to sit cross-legged on the sheet and grasp the the edges on either side of ... Read More about GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES: CREATE YOUR OWN ROLLER COASTER