Children who have issues with fine motor skills have a hard time developing strong muscles in their fingers, hands and wrists.     Here are ideas for activities that can help them build the muscles needed for fine motor skills:   Stock up on play-dough. Play-dough has been a childhood favorite for decades. Not only is it downright

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Let’s face it: A newborn doesn’t do much. But a 1-year-old? That’s an entirely different story! In just 12 months, a floppy infant morphs into a perpetual-motion machine. Along the way, she’ll learn to sit, scoot, and stand. Stay one move ahead of the game with this step-by-step guide to motor development.   New Move:

Encourage cognitive and language development with these fun, everyday learning activities. Engaging toddlers in meaningful and creative play will enhance their vocabulary and their overall knowledge. “All the skills your toddler needs to master during this important stage in growth are built into his moments of intense exploration,” says Sandy Jones, author of The Toddler Years. Incorporate these

When deciding what type of discipline to use with kids, it’s important to look at the skills your discipline is teaching. One of the biggest discipline mistakes parents often make is that they only look at the short-term and don’t focus on the long-term goals. It’s essential that parents make sure their discipline is not only effective today but is teaching kids skills and instilling the values that they will need to become successful adults.

The power of the brain is very interconnected. In early years, children learn symbols to understand meanings. For example, outstretched arms may mean a toddler wants “up,” or hugs may be a symbol of love and security. But over time, these key elements found in the emotional centers of the brain begin to organie response that happen. Over time, life experiences combine to form our understanding of abstract concepts, such as justice, pride, forgiveness, anger, and security. Adults play a critical role in the lives of children. Helping children organize their world takes time, patience, and warmth, but these efforts form the building blocks to positive, human interactions.

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Shape up.  Play with shape-sorters.  Talk with your child about each shape—count the sides, describe the colors.  Make your own shapes by cutting large shapes out of colored construction paper.  Ask your child to “hop on the circle” or “jump on the red shape.” Count and sort.  Gather together a basket of small toys, shells, pebbles

Activities for Learning and Bonding

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 posted by

So Big! Play “So Big.” Ask: “How big is the baby?” Then lift his arms up into the air and say: “Sooooo big!” Babies love this game and will eventually learn to lift their arms in response to your question.

Tips for Choosing Books for Children

Thursday, 12 June 2014 posted by

Choosing Books for Children For Babies 0-6 Months Books with simple, large pictures or designs with bright colors. Stiff cardboard, “chunky” books …

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