Santa Fine Motor Craft

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The Christmas season is in the air and, even though it's not even December yet, classrooms are already filling with Christmas crafts. For kiddos who need work on fine motor skills -- especially cutting -- try this basic Santa craft with card stock or construction paper. All it takes is to cut out one circle and ...

Fine Motor Skills for Toddlers: Scarf in a Box

Toddlers are all sorts of curious, aren't they? Opening cupboards, pulling books off of shelves, and digging through piles of freshly sorted laundry. Ahhh! Enter: Scarf in a Box. It's not rocket science. And it's not super original. But it is great for A) keeping busy little hands occupied and B) working on fine motor skills! Pulling a ...

Why Kids Should Play with Baby Dolls (YES, even BOYS!)

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This post has been written in collaboration with pediatric speech-language pathologist Katie Yeh (PlayingWithWords365) and clinical psychologist Laura Hutchison (PlayDrMom). Thank you for your wonderful contribution, ladies!  . . . . . The baby doll is such a fantastic toy that we hope ALL children (Yes, even BOYS!) will have the opportunity to own and play with during ...

30+ Holiday Gift Ideas for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers!

Well, the holidays are officially here! Are you excited? Or are you dreading the idea of trying to pick out gifts for kids? Earlier this week I published three posts to help you out with lots of holiday gift ideas that would also be helpful for promoting the development of the babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in ...

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

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The holidays are here and it's time to start putting together your list for the preschooler(s) in your life...but where to start? Don't worry. I've got you covered! Below you'll find ten fun holiday gift ideas for preschoolers from ages three to five years.  These gifts will be sure to help that little learner have fun and ...

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Toddlers

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Looking for some holiday gift ideas for toddlers? One- to three-year-olds can be tricky to shop for because they vary so much in their interests and abilities (as they should!). Below is a list of ten holiday gift ideas for toddlers from 12-36 months. There are so many great toys out there, so use this list as ...

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Babies

Holiday gift ideas for babies

The holidays are just around the corner, and I bet you're busy trying to think of gift ideas that will also encourage baby's development! Well, look no further. Below is a list of ten great gift ideas for babies from birth-12 months. Of course, there are tons of great toys out there, and babies span such a ...

Use play dough as boundaries for cutting

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For kids who have a hard time cutting anywhere near a line, try using play dough as a "road" for them to cut on. I used this on-the-fly earlier this week for a kiddo who has no concept of paying attention to lines when cutting, but he was able to follow directions to "keep your ...

Develop Fine Motor Skills with Toothpicks

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If you have a child who struggles with developing an appropriate pencil grasp or fine motor skills in general, try playing with toothpicks. In this photo, the child who struggles with fine motor strength, grasp, and hand dominance had to unscrew the cap of the cinnamon bottle (bilateral skills to hold the bottle with one ...

Switch Out Your Toys

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Do you ever look at your child's toy box and think, "We really need some new toys"? Yep, been there. I know it's tempting to put all the toys out there and give them lots of things to play with. But what's the problem? The toys get old. Your child gets bored with them. You get bored ...