Tag: Child Play


Object Play: Does Research Show Your Child’s Playing Habits May Disrupt Learning? Development

Object Play: Are Your Child’s Playing Habits Disrupting Learning? This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. We see our kids play with their toys every day. They play with everything from video games down to those cardboard boxes you keep meaning to take out to the recycling bin. But what if I told you that not all play is created equal. I’m sure we’ve...

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Physical literacy checklist: 4-6 years Development

Physical literacy checklist: 4-6 years Guest Blog Post Jim Grove These are some basic fundamental movement skills that your preschool child should be learning, and mastering. These contribute to your child becoming physically literate. 1. Running By age four, your child should be running with confidence. You want to make sure she continues to run and to develop her strength and balance, as running is...

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In this classroom, the kids can’t sit still Physical Literacy

In this classroom, the kids can’t sit still Wonderful article in the Washington Post about how one school is using play-based learning activities to “have students involved with some type of physical activity while helping their brains.” We often talk about how important these types of movement activities connect the neural pathways in the brain for higher learning. That is why so many children with...

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Creative ways of making kids sit still longer cannot replace outdoor play Physical Literacy

Creative ways of making kids sit still longer cannot replace outdoor play Guest Blog Post Lori Fireman If there’s one thing my eight year old daughter likes to do, it’s bounce. In bed. At the dinner table. Name the inappropriate spot, and she has bounced there — so when I heard that some teachers are successfully getting kids to focus better and actually sit still...

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The Best Hands-on Play Dough Activities to Build Fine Motor Education

The Best Hands-on Play Dough Activities to Build Fine Motor This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. I am probably biased, but I have the two cutest grandsons in the world and whenever they are at my house, we love getting our hands dirty with play dough. By the time we are done, we not only have great dinosaur and superhero masterpieces, we also...

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Outdoor play gives your kids more than fresh air Physical Literacy

Outdoor play gives your kids more than fresh air Guest Blog Post Lori Fireman When I was a little girl, for several magical years we lived with my grandparents. Aside from spoiling us with love (and candy, of course), my brother and I had the great fortune to play in their backyard, which led into a ravine. We ran, we chased squirrels, we played in...

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Build your child’s brain by giving them lots of experiences to explore Physical Literacy

Guest Blog Post Dawne Clarke Build your child’s brain by giving them lots of experiences to explore Our child’s brain is a most amazing organ. Its structure is established in the early years of life, so how can you ensure that your children’s brains are healthy, well developed, and will last a lifetime? Building your child’s brain is like building a house. The first five...

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5 Great Activities to do with a Sensory Crash Pad Sensory

Crash Pad Activities: Sensory Disorder We’ve talked about the benefits of having a crash pad in your home. Now it’s time to talk about what activities your child can do with a crash pad. Remember, the importance of having a crash pad at home is to help your children build their motor planning skills, which leads to better focus and attention in the classroom so...

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Summer 2015 Event Winners Announced Events

Summer 2015 Event Winners Our summer is already shaping up to be a busy one meeting lots of wonderful families and kids. At each event, we select a winner for a great prize to keep kids learning while staying active. The best part is the activities are always fun and the kids don’t even realize they are learning. Drum roll please for this year’s summer winners…...

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Here’s the parenting miracle that everyone’s been looking for Parenting

Guest Blog Post Lori Fireman Here’s the parenting miracle that everyone’s been looking for Most of us parents are familiar with the old “This is Your Brain, This is Your Brain on Drugs” campaign, but if you think that was scary, you should see what your brain looks like when you don’t do enough physical activity. Talk about frying your mind! An article in The...

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