Posts Tagged ‘gross motor skills’

Creating a Kickass Backyard For Open-Ended Play

Summer is almost over and a lot of us are finally dreaming about the cooler season of fall. Pumpkin spice everything, boots, scarves, and warm apple cider are just a few of the daily daydreams you may be having as you pack up your inflatable pool and pull out the fire pit. For many places in the United States, fall is one of the few times during the year where everyone actually wants to be outside. And even though you probably spent a fair share of time outside this summer, this time you don’t have to worry about bugs, humidity, or sunburns. Fall is the time to get the kids outside before it gets too cold, so why not create a backyard that both you and the kids (and probably some other kids from the neighborhood) can enjoy before winter cabin fever sets in!

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Toddler Tasks: Chores that Teach Responsibility

Toddler Tasks

“Me help?  Me help?” If you’re a mother to a toddler, you are all-too-familiar with this question and your child’s desire to help you with every single task you do each day.  Toddlers are innately curious and extremely altruistic – they genuinely get a great deal of joy out of helping others, especially their parents.  The trouble arises when toddlers want to help with chores or projects that are not developmentally appropriate for them, usually meaning the chore is dangerous for toddlers, or requires fine/gross motor skills that they simply haven’t mastered yet.

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How to encourage developing fine motor skills

Maybe you’ve heard the term “fine motor skills.” Knee deep in breastfeeding and diapers, you probably didn’t have too much time to think about what they are and why they are important for your growing child. Fine motor skills are small muscle movements that usually, but not exclusively, involve the hands and eyes working in tandem to perform movements requiring precision. Discover fun and easy ways to encourage developing fine motor skills at home with Daily Mom!

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