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Snow Days Are Great Days For Arts And Crafts

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

With yet more snow and cold, and cold and snow, making it’s way through many parts of the country, lots of kids will be enjoying snow days. And while playing outside in the snow is a fabulous way to spend time, these days are also great days for doing arts and crafts.

Arts and crafts will be one of the big themes this year in child development. Why? We are seeing more research on the developmental benefits that come from doing arts and crafts. Even simple activities during toddlerhood – such as copying shapes – supports academic readiness for kindergarten. And new studies suggest long-term benefits, like being innovative in adulthood.

Want some ideas? Here are a number of ways to do arts and crafts at home. And what if you don’t have all the materials you would need for some of these activities. Then, just have your kids use what you have, and make up your own crafting activity! It’s a great thing to do on a snow day.

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Is Your Child Experiencing Hands-On Learning?

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The school year means that kids – even toddlers – will be taking on academic studies. Your little ones will be working with numbers and letters and thinking and talking. But they should be doing other things too – especially things that involve their hands. 

There are lots of reasons for this:

  • Kids learn by physically exploring their world.
  • They learn by manipulating their world.
  • Fine motor skills provide a direct line of stimulation into their brains that connects with cognitive development.

As kids develop their fine motor skills, they are better situated to direct their attention – meaning their brain resources – to the other tasks at hand. For example, a kid in kindergarten who can easily handle their writing utensil can focus more on what they are producing with their writing instrument because they don’t need to focus on how to hold it.

The reason all this is important – especially at the start of the school year – is that there is a collective message that young kids need to be immersed in “academic” work as early as possible. The problem is that, for them, hands-on activities are the academic work! Drawing, coloring, cutting, pasting, and playing with blocks are all examples of academic activities for toddlers. They promote development, engagement, and cognitive growth.

So make sure you – and your school – are thinking hands-on when you are thinking school work for your little ones.

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Summer Parenting Tip #6: Rainy Day Hands-On Activities

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Summer is all about being outside. But there are days when the weather makes that impossible. And those are days to ward off complaints of “boredom” by encouraging “retro” activities with young kids.

What do I mean by “retro”? Well those things that kids should be doing, like

  • drawing
  • coloring
  • cutting and pasting
  • crafts
  • playing with blocks
  • building things

Sure, your kids do these things – but rainy days are great days to embrace these hands-on activities. Lots of studies show that hands-on activities have plenty of developmental benefits. And they are fun!

So when the rain pours down, turn off the TV and the electronic games, and get the activities going.  Let them use their imaginations and they will entertain themselves.

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