Here at The Inspired Treehouse, we celebrate the arrival of cold, snowy weather, because we know that outdoor winter activities are amazing opportunities for gross motor, fine motor, and sensory development! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. Not a fan of cold weather? Don’t think your kids will last more than a few minutes outside in freezing temps? Check out these 30 motor and sensory winter activities to get kids up and moving and keep them entertained in the snow! They’ll be having so much fun, they won’t even notice those cold toes! Looking for more winter ... Read More about 30 Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids!
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Below, you'll find some of our easiest core strengthening exercises for kids! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. This post about Core Strengthening Exercises for Kids is consistently one of our most viewed articles at The Inspired Treehouse. Why? Because there are a lot of parents, teachers, and therapists out there who know that core strengthening is essential for the progression of nearly all other developmental skills. The core is the center of control for everything else the body does! It's difficult to balance, perform coordinated movements on both sides of ... Read More about The Easiest Core Strengthening Exercises for Kids
My two boys (ages 4 and 5) are definitely showing all of the hallmark signs of having a mom who is a kids activities blogger. They know what Pinterest is and they know how to use it, they often freeze and pose in the middle of doing a craft to ask me if I want to take a picture for the blog, and when it comes to kids activities, it takes a lot to impress them because they’ve seen it all. It’s a tough crowd around here to say the least. *This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. But when I first flipped through 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids, I saw plenty of options ... Read More about 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids – Book Review
Weaving is one of my favorite fine motor activities for kids. It's a great way to target visual motor integration, coordination, and grasping skills and the repetitive movement can be so calming and engaging for kids (and adults!). I was playing with my boys in our backyard one day earlier this summer and came up with this easy outdoor weaving loom for them. They used it to create a woven screen that blocked off their “secret hideout” under a large bush! WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Yarn, two fence posts or tree trunks to act as the frame for your loom, long scraps of fabric or ribbon WHAT TO ... Read More about FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES: SIMPLE OUTDOOR WEAVING LOOM
Every year, my girls and I troll Pinterest looking for ideas for our fairy garden. It’s a tradition that started 3 years ago when we visited a local garden center where they were mesmerized by the 2x2’ box that contained another world where fairies might play! Ever since, we have worked to create our own little bit of fantasy in our gardens at home. But we’ve never been able to get the fairy house quite right. We’ve tried recycled ½ gallon milk cartons, stacked stones, and moss covered creations. This year, we finally figured it out and we want to share our idea with you - add it ... Read More about FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES: MAKE YOUR OWN FAIRY GARDEN HOUSES
5 Fun Valentine's Day Fine Motor Activities! How many of you volunteer to help out at class parties? I can tell you that Pam and I both have grade schoolers now and we are the ones planning these parties ALL the time. WHY? Because we know how to rock the games and crafts! :) I will tell you that thinking up games for my daughter’s third grade party last year was a bit of a challenge. What do you do with elementary school-aged kids for Valentine’s Day? They are waaaay too cool for cut and paste activities. We had to put on our therapist thinking caps for this one. And when we did, we ... Read More about 5 FUN VALENTINE’S DAY MOTOR ACTIVITIES
These fun dinner table games and activities are the perfect way to keep kids entertained during Thanksgiving dinner or just a weeknight family sit-down! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. We all experienced it for ourselves way back when, and now we get to be on the observing end of the chaos that ensues at the kids table on Thanksgiving Day. Looking for activities to entertain kids at Thanksgiving? We’ve got you covered! 1 || Place a large sheet of white or brown paper down on the table as a table cloth with a pile of markers in the center. 2 || Similar to above, add ... Read More about The Kids Table: 15 Creative Dinner Table Games and Activities for Kids