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Crawling

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Several years ago I read an article  that noted the decline in children’s ability to crawl.  In the report, pediatricians said perhaps they had overstated the importance of crawling, and it was a developmental milestone that could be jettisoned from the books.   NOOOOOOOOO!!!! Crawling is really important.  When physical therapists and I sat at child […]

Scooter Boards

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If there was only one piece of equipment I was allowed to keep, it would be my scooter board.  Built by my husband 28 years ago, it’s still solid as a rock and works beautifully. Countless number of children have gotten stronger, mastered critical motor skills and had fun on my scooter. Riding a scooter […]

Advanced Spinners: To Strengthen Pinc...

Advanced Spinners: To Strengthen Pincer Grasp and More!

Even though my children are grown up, no mater where I travel, I always find my way to the toy stores to look for new, interesting toys.  Museum shops have the best!  I discovered this Spinner at The General Store in Vermont during a ski trip.  It’s harder than is looks and captivates the interest […]

Sponge-Stencil Art

Sponge-Stencil Art

I love when I find an activity that works for all ages.  With the right amount of help even the littlest hands can manage this simple project.  It is easy to do and materials are inexpensive. Benefits: The sponge should be held between the thumb, pointer and middle fingers.  This strengthens the muscles used for […]

Spring Artwork

Spring Artwork

  When beauty meet utility we have a perfect creation! There are so many great things going on (developmentally speaking) as a child “creates” this work of art. Introduce concepts of science and you have a block buster learning experience!     For example: Collecting specimens on nature walks Learning the concepts of “natural dyes) […]

Bike Riding for Preschool and Beyond

Bike Riding for Preschool and Beyond

I have a sister five years older than me and in my formative years I spent most of my time trying to “catch up” to her. That may be why I learned to ride a two wheeler at three years of age.  Having safe sidewalks and uncluttered days to practice at my leisure surely helped […]

Bike Riding Basics for Babies and Tod...

Bike Riding Basics for Babies and Toddlers

OK, so a baby isn’t going to mount a two wheeler…not even a trike.  But there are many activities that engage little ones so they’re all set to go once they get big enough to straddle a ride toy! I highlight bicycle riding not because it is a favorite of mine (which it is) but […]

Peeler

Peeler

I have recently learned that an excellent source for potassium is found in the skins or outer layer of a carrot.  So, I’m not sure you want to peel off all that nutrition.  However, carrots also are easy to hold and are a terrific introduction to peeling for younger children. When it comes to teaching […]

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming is one of the primary motor skills every human being should acquire.  Why?  It may save your life some day. So how do you go about teaching your child to swim?  There are many excellent swimming programs available and this site does not intend to be an exhaustive guide in swimming skill development.  As […]

Scissors

Scissors

Ever wonder why every preschool, kindergarten and first grade have a myriad of cut and paste projects?  There are so many integrating skills that develop when using scissors.  In a perfect world, early childhood programs would throw away all the pencils and have the students cut out strips of paper and combine to form all […]

Scooters and Plungers

Scooters and Plungers

It is always fun to see the reaction of children when I pull out a plunger to play with.  Even at a very young age, children acquire a sense of place – and plungers belong in the toilet, certainly not in the gross motor room.  After I assure them that the plunger I use has […]

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