Developmental Skills

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 in Developmental Skills | Comments Off

How To Make Learning Fun For Kids

How To Make Learning Fun For Kids

Practicing spelling, sight words and math facts can get tedious for children. When it seems as if they are reluctant to tackle that new spelling list, learn the week’s sight words or practice those fundamental math facts look for ways to re-engage them by adding a fun twist to your routine. My Sand Box is the perfect solution; it can be used so many different ways for daily play, to encourage creativity and to make learning fun.   We use My Sand Box to liven up our homework and study time. Put away the paper and pencils and allow your child to use a paintbrush or their fingertips to... Read Post

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 in Developmental Skills | 1 comment

Developing Fine Motor Skills Through Paper Crafting

Developing Fine Motor Skills Through Paper Crafting

My kids had a great time honing their fine motor skills with ALEX’s Tissue Paper Art craft kit! It comes with 6 self-stick patterns – two for each of my three “big” kids (aged 3, 5, and 7). I loved that it was something all of them could enjoy. Separating the tiny squares of tissue paper is one of the more demanding tasks; it is also self-correcting, since if you forget to separate the squares your little ball of scrunched-up paper is clearly too large. This activity is also great for kids to develop planning skills. My son learned after working on the wheels of his car that it would... Read Post

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 in Developmental Skills | 0 comments

How to Make Learning to Write Fun

How to Make Learning to Write Fun

Learning to write can be a challenging and frustrating time for kids. Get away from pencils and paper and introduce new materials to make learning to write a fun experience that feels more like play than learning.  Engaging as many sensory systems as possible helps your child learn easier and faster! Here are some ideas to make learning to write more fun for you and your child: Use a variety of tactile materials:  Trace letters and copy words into various tactile media. Incorporating the tactile sense will facilitate your child’s learning and motivate him to participate in the learning... Read Post

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 in Developmental Skills | 0 comments

Get Kids Writing: 20 Writing Prompts for Kids

Get Kids Writing: 20 Writing Prompts for Kids

Creative writing is an important developmental skill for kids. It stretches their imagination, helps them practice grammar, and is the perfect way to keep their minds active during the summer break! Warm summer days and family vacations provide endless inspiration for journal entries. Have your child keep a daily journal throughout the summer, and not only will you keep their minds fresh and ready when school starts back up, but you will also create a summer keepsake full of memories and glimpses into your child’s heart and mind. Caitlyn has been jotting down her thoughts this summer in My... Read Post

Posted on May 4, 2013 in Developmental Skills | 0 comments

Monkeying Around

Monkeying Around

ALEX’s Monkey Balance Board is a therapist’s dream toy!  It’s perfect for working on your child’s gross motor skills, and, with a little creativity, it can keep the kids occupied for hours. The concept is pretty simple.  The child stands on the board with a foot on each side and tries to keep the board balanced, without letting the sides touch the ground.  The recommended ages for the Monkey Balance Board are 3 and up (you will want to be within arm’s reach for 3 year olds), but my 6 year old niece also had a blast, even deciding that she would like one for her birthday!  My 22 month old... Read Post

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 in Developmental Skills | 0 comments

ALEX Jr. Stack Me Up is a Stack of Developmental Fun!

ALEX Jr. Stack Me Up is a Stack of Developmental Fun!

As my belly begins to expand (literally more and more every day!), I am steadily getting excited about bringing out the baby toys again.  So when I saw the Stack Me Up toy from ALEX Jr, it was love at first sight. Not only is it adorable, but it really is a great developmental toy!  While it is geared toward kids six months to one year of age, I believe that this toy is perfect to grow with your child during the first two years of life.  Younger children love the sensory elements while older kids love to explore the more imaginative side of the toy. Here are developmental skills that I... Read Post

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 in Developmental Skills | 0 comments

The Magic of Floor Puzzles

The Magic of Floor Puzzles

Today we played with ALEX’s 3D Cityscape jumbo puzzle.  It’s a 41 piece floor puzzle geared toward kids ages 3 and up.  Aside from the fun colors and designs depicting a cute little city, this puzzle also has a 3D component consisting of 3 vertically standing buildings. The kids loved the 3 dimensional buildings, which my niece reported “make it look like a real town.” Your 3 year old will more than likely need your help to get all the pieces together. I liked that it was a little more challenging so children can continue to enjoy it as they get older and become more independent. The puzzle... Read Post

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 in Developmental Skills | 0 comments

Five Games to Teach Telling Time

Five Games to Teach Telling Time

When I went to my first grader’s orientation at school, I was surprised to hear that their new district-wide math curriculum did not include life skills like telling time.  So I knew I had to bump time telling up on my list of things to teach my kids. I was really excited to have a little help in that area when I received the Ready, Set, Tell Time! activity set in the mail. I was surprised to find that what I expected to be just a simple learning clock, was actually a bunch of time telling games in one set. I loved how versatile the set’s pieces were in making up time telling games and... Read Post