This particular ball holds a special place in my heart and while I know that sounds corny, it actually does. I found this ball last year and purchased it because it was sparkly and went along with the February theme since it had a heart inside. At the time, we were really working with Andrew on his bouncing skills. We tried all sorts of things but he just really didn't care about bouncing a ball. He used to barely look at the ball when tossing or catching with me. (*See note below) Of course, I … [Read more...] about Valentine Themed Ball
Andrew began getting OT (occupational therapy) services this year and it has made such a big difference for him. I would sit in the waiting room and listen to the laughter coming from the kids and the therapists - what a fun job!! One day they had me come back and Andrew was creeping and crawling through this stretchy tunnel and when he would get to the end he would come out with this huge smile on his face. I love anything that gets him creeping and crawling and when I saw that smile, I knew … [Read more...] about Make Your Own Tunnel
The My Obstacle Course station ideas I gave yesterday included toys and tools that we have accumulated through the years as holiday and birthday gifts as well as some things that we purchased for him to work on his motor skills. Today I will focus more on things that I have around my house and are fairly common things in the houses of young children. Go On A Treasure Hunt In Your Own Home And You Might Be Surprised At What You Can Use!! I encourage you to be creative, go out to the garage or … [Read more...] about Energetic Children Part 2
The next two posts are specifically for all of you out there with children who are really active and need to be moving around (like my child!). One of the things about My Obstacle Course that has made such a huge difference for us is the fact that the activity stations are not long, drawn out, "sit here for an hour" things. They are quick, to the point and then move on, which is why the activities I show you are also quick and easy to make! Holy Cow! Where Is All Of This Energy Coming From … [Read more...] about Energetic Children?
My son is one of those children that doesn't like to play ball- throwing, tossing, catching or kicking - doesn't matter, because right now* he could care less. (*Note: I say "right now" because there have been things in the past that he didn't care about (ex. handwriting) but now he does (because he's obsessed with names and wants to write them :) ) so don't dismiss things that your child is not into because they may just not be ready for it. If at first they aren't into it, try and introduce … [Read more...] about Ball Play a Problem? Try Something Sparkly!
One of the great things about My Obstacle Courses is that multiple areas of development are mixed and matched giving me more bang for my buck, especially when needing to build skills that my son wasn't crazy about practicing. I had learned about the importance of crawling for brain development (cross-patterning, using both sides of your body at the same time (ex. right arm with left leg, left arm with right leg when you walk and run), helps make brain connections and the distance from the floor … [Read more...] about Tunnels