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Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain

<i>This week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.</i><p>When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground.<p>"The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your …

TEACHING YOUR CHILD HOW TO JUMP ROPE

Learning <b>how to jump rope</b> is a HUGE rite of passage on the playground!<p>As a child, I remember spending hours a day with my jump rope. My sister and I …

GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES: STEPPING STONES

My therapy bag is like a treasure chest for my kids at home. They are SO excited when they see it in the trunk of the car and they rip through it …

SPRING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS: 10 WAYS TO PLAY WITH SIDEWALK CHALK!

We’re having a blast rounding up some of the best spring <b>activities for kids</b> using old stand-by toys and supplies!<p>We already gave you the rundown on …

10 TIPS FOR FACILITATING SENSORY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

If you’re like me, you probably already have lots of tried and true <b>sensory activities</b> that you use over and over in the classroom or in therapy. In …

Kids

Getting to the Bottom of Sensory Behaviors: A 3 Step Formula

Wondering about how to address challenging <b>sensory behaviors</b>? This simple 3-step approach can help!<p>Today, we’ll take things a step further, learning</b> …

Autism

10 Outdoor Activities that Enhance Gross Motor Skills - Friendship Circle - Special Needs Blog

When the weather is warm and the sun is out, the best thing for your child to do is play outside. Whether it’s a baseball game, riding a bike or just …

Active Games for Kids: Fun Gross Motor Ideas from A to Z

By Devany LeDrew | Labels: gross motor , indoor , play , preschool , toddler , winter<p>We all need active play ideas for kids! Whether it's to burn …

80+ Gross Motor Skills Activities from The PLAY Group

Developing <b>gross motor skills</b> is an essential part of childhood! These skills are first acquired during infancy and early childhood, and they are …

35 Gross Motor Activities for Preschoolers that Like to MOVE

Gross motor activities for preschoolers are a MUST in my book.Preschoolers aren’t quite as hard as toddlers to plan activities for, but there still …

Kids

The UP side of being upside down

<i>Did you know that being upside down actually helps you to be better on your feet?</i><p>As pediatric occupational therapists, we actually have specific …

JUNGLE ANIMAL YOGA FOR KIDS

We are so thrilled to have our friend, Giselle Shardlow with us today to share an awesome animal yoga sequence for kids! Little ones will learn all …

Index of Activities for Kids

Check out hundreds of our therapist-designed and therapist-approved activities for kids – perfect to use in the classroom, the therapy room or at …

Gross Motor Activities for Preschoolers

The possibilities for gross motor activities for preschoolers are endless – but we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites here. Try one (or more) of …

Gross Motor Skills Activities for 2 and 3-Year-Olds

These gross motor skills activities are the perfect way to keep 2 and 3-year-olds entertained while building important skills like balance and …

10 Gross Motor Activities for Toddlers

These gross motor activities for toddlers are the perfect way to get your little one up and moving!<p>There are tons of fun and simple ways to promote …

THE CORE STRENGTHENING HANDBOOK

Our new book, <b>The Core Strengthening Handbook</b> is now available! Scroll down to learn more!<p>Do you know a student who slumps and leans in her seat? Have …

7 Games To Get Kids Moving

With the New Year in full bloom, add a fresh dimension to your exercise routine. You don’t have to join a gym, train for a 5K, or buy expensive gear. …

Melissa & Doug

10 Playful exercises for kids

Even though these are exercises in the sense that they increase muscle strength, burn calories and get your heart pumping, sports and exercise …

Kids

8 Inspiring Quotes About Children & Play

When I got my DSLR camera at the beginning of last year, I promised myself that I would never shoot in auto. I never did. I relied on shutter …

PLAY an Early Childhood Education Printable

I loved this quote I originally saw Explorations of Early Learning. I liked it well enough to make something out of it, so I made this PLAY an Early …

How to become a playing family

<i>Enjoy this guest post from our friends at 1000 Hours Outside, a blog that encourages parents to take their kids outside more and discover the amazing</i> …

One Surprising Cause of Attention Problems in Kids

It’s more and more common these days to hear about kids with attention problems – kids who can’t sit still, kids who can’t focus on their school …

Creating Opportunities

Make Time For Play: How To Balance Structured And Unstructured Play | Play

Every day, you make dozens of decisions to support your child’s health, wellbeing, growth and development.<p>Some decisions are big and some are small. …

Education

TimberNook

"In order for children to learn, they need to engage in meaningful experiences." - Angela Hanscom

ANIMAL TAG GAME FOR KIDS

Now that spring has <i>almost</i> officially sprung and your kids have LOTS of pent up energy to expend, let’s get them outside and moving with a fun new tag …

10 Days to Conquer: How to Do a Cartwheel

Today’s <b>10 Days to Conquer workout for kids</b> will help little ones learn how to do a cartwheel!<p>Ok, I’m going to really put myself out there today. Here …