These are the best beach toys for promoting healthy development in kids, as recommended by our team of pediatric therapists! It's summertime and that means it's prime time for one of our favorite places...the beach! The Benefits of Playing at the Beach Playing at the beach offers so many benefits to kids' development. The beach provides a natural and sensory-rich environment that fosters creativity and enhances motor skills, cognitive skills, and more! The sand, water, and various beach activities are great for promoting active play, encouraging kids to run, jump, and explore. Building ... Read More about The Best Beach Toys for Promoting Development
If you’re looking for creative movement activities and fun group activities for your classroom or therapy room - you won’t want to miss this awesome idea! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. Based on the book, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, this activity is perfect for working on memory and movement! Try this activity as a movement and memory game during the back to school season in your classroom or therapy room. Kids will have to use their memory to figure out which of the school supplies was stolen by the sneaky pigeon while moving their bodies in different ... Read More about Creative Movement Activities: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Looking for fun rainbow activities for kids? This Build a Rainbow Game is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of springtime! Working with manipulatives is an awesome way for kids to build grasping and in-hand manipulation skills, as they pick up, turn, and orient the small pieces in their hands. This game would pair perfectly with our Rainbow Interactive Movement Game or our Rainbow Movement Scavenger Hunt! What you'll need: -Paperclip -Brad fastener or pencil -Printable rainbow (print and laminate) -Printable spinner (print, cut out, and laminate) -Small, colored ... Read More about Rainbow Activities for Kids: Build a Rainbow!
In this fun color match game, kids have to perform a variety of tasks at once: visual scanning, visual discrimination, balance, coordination, teamwork and more! Our kids The Treehouse had so much fun with this gross motor color match game that promotes balance, coordination, social skills, and color identification! There are so many different ways to play and you could change things up to target so many different skills. This game would be perfect for a group of preschoolers and could work well as an activity for pushing into the classroom, gym, or co-treatments between PT, OT, and ... Read More about Gross Motor Color Match Game
Looking for fun Groundhog Day activities? Check out this fun obstacle course! This time of year can feel a bit "blah", so we're always grateful when Groundhog Day rolls around because it gives us something fun to celebrate! One of our favorite seasonal themes at The Treehouse is our Groundhog Day/Shadows theme. We've always included a fun obstacle course like this one among other fun Groundhog Day activities, so we thought we would share it with you today! This is a great activity for promoting core strength and hand strength through play in a quadruped position and is also a great ... Read More about Groundhog Day Activities: Groundhog Obstacle Course
We love coming up with new Valentine's Day Activities for Kids! Today's Hearts & Arrows Game is perfect for challenging visual skills! If you're an occupational therapist, you probably spend a good part of your day working with kids on visual motor skills. Whether it's handwriting or drawing, or utensil use - you know how important visual skills are when it comes to everyday functioning for kids. Sometimes, it can be hard to stay inspired and think of new, creative activities for your kids week after week. That's what we're here for! We find that the seasons and holidays often ... Read More about Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids: Hearts & Arrows Visual Game
Looking for fun Valentines fine motor activities? This little game is a super simple way to work on counting while building hand strength! We are always looking for fun and creative ways to promote hand strength in kids! Many kids struggle with simple tasks like buttoning their shirts, opening containers and even handwriting. And one of the main issues that contributes to these challenges is a lack of hand strength. This issue is so significant that we wrote a whole handbook and exercise program on it! Check out the Hand Strengthening Handbook and the Hand Strengthening ... Read More about Valentines Fine Motor Activities: Punching Hearts Game
This snowman activity for kids is a fun way to get kids up and moving during those cold winter months! We hear from many therapists, teachers, and parents that winter is a rough time of year for those who live in colder climates. While there are tons of fun outdoor winter activities to boost development, there are some winter days that are just too cold to go outside! Maybe you're stuck inside at home with kids yelling, running, jumping on couches/beds, and bouncing off the walls. Or maybe you're in your classroom with indoor recess instead of a chance to get outside on the ... Read More about Snowman Activity for Kids: Snowman Charades