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Gross Motor Skill Activities to Help Children Develop Play Skills

Children need to play to learn. In today's fast-paced, technology-driven world, children are struggling to develop the foundational skills for play. Here are 10 gross motor skill activities to help children develop play skills starting as babies.

Fred Rogers once said, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children, play is serious learning.” Children need to play to learn.  In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, children are struggling to develop the foundational skills for play.  In order for children to be successful with play, […]

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22 Free Printables for December – Fine, Gross and Visual Motor Activities

Need some last minute ideas to encourage fine motor, visual motor and gross motor skills during December? Check out this list of 22 free printables for December.

Need some last minute ideas to encourage fine motor, visual motor and gross motor skills during December?  Check out this list of 22 free printables for December.   Free Printables for December – Fine Motor Holiday Lights December Holiday Clothes Pin Mat  Color, Cut, and Glue for December Elephant Holiday Hat Holiday Match Up Free Printables […]

Just as we suspected…

Well, with sadness I just finished reading some research that confirms what we suspected. There is a decline in gross motor skills in toddlers.

Pediatric therapists are frequently quoted as saying young children’s motor skills are declining.  Little ones enter school age with decreased fine motor and gross motor skills.  We say “based on my experiences” or “in my clinical opinion” children’s motor skills are suffering.  There is speculation that it is due to “bucket baby syndrome” – too […]

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How Often Should PreK Students Have Movement Groups?

School-based occupational and physical therapists frequently recommend and educate PreK teachers on the benefits of motor skill activities throughout the day.  An important question to answer is how often should preK students have movement groups?

School-based occupational and physical therapists frequently recommend and educate PreK teachers on the benefits of motor skill activities throughout the day.  An important question to answer is how often should preK students have movement groups?  A systemic research review was conducted on exploring the relationship between fundamental motor skill interventions and physical activity levels in […]

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Motor Skill Interventions versus Play-Based Lessons for Preschoolers

Motor Skill Interventions versus Play-Based Lessons for Preschoolers

Motor Skill Interventions versus Play-Based Lessons for Preschoolers Preschools provide many opportunities for play and motor skill development.  Recent research attempted to answer the question regarding the outcomes of motor skill interventions versus play-based lessons for preschoolers.  The study participants included 149 Hispanic pre-K children from low socioeconomic status.  All of the children were evaluated […]

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I Can Go Up High Movement Song

I Can Go Up High Movement Song Are you in search of a quick movement activity that requires no equipment?  Maybe the children that you work with need body awareness, motor planning, and coordination practice. 

I Can Go Up High Movement Song Are you in search of a quick movement activity that requires no equipment?  Maybe the children that you work with need body awareness, motor planning, and coordination practice.  You will want to download this freebie – I Can Go Up High Movement Song. This movement song challenges body […]

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Fundamental Motor Skills, Executive Function Skills, and Reading

Fundamental Motor Skills, Executive Function Skills, and Reading

Fundamental Motor Skills, Executive Function Skills, and Reading Learning and Individual Differences published research on the association between fundamental motor skills, executive function skills, and reading.  The study included 145 socioeconomically disadvantaged kindergarteners of diverse ethnicity.  Each participant was assessed with the following:  The Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function–Preschool Version to measure executive function skills, PE Metrics™ […]

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Exercise Interventions for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Exercise Interventions for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Exercise Interventions for Children with Cerebral Palsy Disability and Rehabilitation published a systemic review to determine the effectiveness of active exercise interventions for improving gross motor activity/participation of school-aged, ambulant/semi-ambulant children with cerebral palsy. The systemic review included 34 studies with seven interventions that reported on gross motor function although a limited number studied participation […]

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Modifications for Toilet Training

Modifications for Toilet Training

Modifications for Toilet Training In order for a child to be completely independent and physically ready when using the toilet, it requires a significant amount of higher level gross motor skills.  If a child has delays in gross motor skills that are affecting toilet training, you may need to provide modifications for toilet training.  Here […]

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Beanbag Alphabet Fun – Gross Motor and Body Awareness Activity

Beanbag Alphabet Fun:  Beanbags are a wonderful tool to encourage physical activity, body awareness, motor planning and coordination skills in children.  They are inexpensive or you can even make them yourself with socks and some rice.  So grab a beanbag for each child and try moving through the alphabet with your beanbag.  You can download […]