Fun Outdoor Play Activities for Kids

By |2022-01-18T10:39:32-05:00January 10, 2022|DIY Play Ideas and Activities for Kids, Early Childhood Development|

Kids should be physically active as it is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. For them to be active, there are several play activities both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor play helps to build your child’s core muscles as well as refine small motor skills. In order to get your kids to play outside, you need to inspire them with some fun outdoor activities. Following are some fun outdoor activities for your kids:   Hopscotch This outdoor activity never gets old! Just take your kids outside, along with a chalk and a small object. This game can be played with multiple [...]

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Strategies to Reduce Echolalia

By |2022-02-02T09:20:00-05:00December 28, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

What is Echolalia? Echolalia refers to the repetition of certain words or phrases spoken by someone else, either after the words were said or later on. Echolalia in autism Echolalia is often associated as a function of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). With an autistic child, echolalia may appear with more frequency versus children with standard developing language. While echolalia is most associated with ASD, it is not limited to it. Individuals on the spectrum may use echolalia to cope with overwhelming sensory challenges or as a means of communication when it is too difficult for them to form their own words. They [...]

Benefits of Water Play

By |2022-02-18T11:00:51-05:00December 23, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

What is play? Play consists of those activities performed for self-amusement that have social and behavioral rewards. It is child-directed and is enjoyable and spontaneous. Play allows children to gain control of their feelings, actions, and helps them achieve self-confidence. What is water play? Playing with water is not only a source of enjoyment, but it also helps in your child’s development. Water play involves using toys, buckets, containers and of course water, which your child can scoop, splash or pour with the above-mentioned tools. Not only will your child stay occupied while playing with water, but he will also start [...]

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Activities to Help Improve Expressive Language

By |2022-03-11T10:20:19-05:00December 13, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

What is expressive language? Expressive language refers to the use of words, sentences and gestures to express and communicate. It involves naming objects, describing actions, asking and answering questions. Expressive language is critical as it enables kids to express their wants, thoughts and ideas. However, there are children who struggle with expressive language and need some activities to help them in expressing themselves. A child having difficulties with expressive language might: Remember, these difficulties will vary from kid to kid dependent on their age. Use sentences that sound immature for their age Have difficulty naming objects Not be understood by unknown [...]

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Benefits of Playdough

By |2022-01-18T10:32:59-05:00November 23, 2021|Early Childhood Development|

Playdough is one of those inventions that is not only fun to play with, but also helps in your child’s development. Although it is a mess to clean up, playdough has a wide range of developmental, learning, and sensory benefits for children. These are the following benefits your children can get when playing with the playdough:   Develop fine motor skills When children are playing with the playdough, rolling, squishing or poking it, they are building strength in the muscles in their fingers and hands. This will help them in holding a pencil, coloring or manipulating items such as scissors, and [...]

Benefits of Outdoor Play

By |2022-01-18T10:41:35-05:00November 17, 2021|Early Childhood Development|

Playing is an important factor when it comes to early childhood development. Playing outdoors can have benefits for children’s social and emotional development. It can also assist children in developing their ability to share, interact and learn new things. Playing outside have the following benefits: Develop athletic abilities Outdoor play is important as it encourages children to exercise their bodies. Running around in the local park or jumping, they are challenging their bodies, which helps to strengthen their muscles. Having a lot of space outdoors, children can crawl under bushes, and ride bikes. Playing outside also improves a child’s coordination, alertness [...]

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Activities that support writing skills

By |2020-05-11T09:01:53-04:00May 11, 2020|Early Childhood Development, Recent|

What are pre-writing skills?: “Pre-writing skills are the lines and strokes kids need to master and know BEFORE learning how to print the alphabet. Each of these lines is developed in a sequence, based on how old the child is.” (Source:Basics of Pre-Writing Activities and Skills for Kids) Importance of pre-writing skills: “Pre-writing practice teaches directionality in writing, encourages fine muscle development and coordination, and also helps students process sensory information critical to the writing process.” (Source:15 Pre-Writing Activities for Preschoolers) Activities that support pre writing skills: Work on vertical surface: Writing on a vertical surface improve pencil grasp. It [...]

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Types of Play for Children

By |2022-03-11T10:11:33-05:00May 7, 2020|Early Childhood Development|

Types of Play for Children: As a child grows, he goes through multiple stages of play development. Apart from being fun, play is vital to a child's development. Depending on their age, mood, and social setting, kids take part in six kinds of play, all of which are important for their healthy development. Following are the six essential types of play that kids take part in: Unoccupied Play Independent Play Onlooker Play Parallel Play Associative Play Cooperative Play Unoccupied Play This is the first stage of play and occurs in infants from birth to three months. However, it does not look [...]

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