Incorporating Visual Boundaries into Everyday Play for Handwriting Success

Handwriting success is a widely discussed topic and often on the radar for many parents/guardians. One thing I love to share with parents is the importance of visual boundaries as an underlying skill to successful handwriting, as well as how easy it is to incorporate them into daily playtime. from ThinkFun’s Education Blog http://info.thinkfun.com/stem-education/incorporating-visual-boundaries-into-everyday-play-for-handwriting-success viaContinue reading “Incorporating Visual Boundaries into Everyday Play for Handwriting Success”

A Pandemic Silver Lining: Finding Gameschooling

I’ve heard from some people the mistaken idea that homeschoolers’ lives weren’t thrown into upheaval by the pandemic shutdowns — but they absolutely were. Our co-ops, play groups, art classes, museums, and even playgrounds were taken away, leaving us with far fewer educational options than we had before.    from ThinkFun’s Education Blog http://info.thinkfun.com/stem-education/a-pandemic-silver-lining-finding-gameschooling via IFTTT

Games To Make Mealtime FUN

Is mealtime a challenge in your house due to picky eaters? Does planning dinners for the week cause you stress? You aren’t alone if you answered yes! Every parent has encountered such mealtime battles at one time or another. As an occupational therapist and mom of three children ages 4, 7, and 8, I’ve had toContinue reading “Games To Make Mealtime FUN”

The Importance of Dad in Playtime

With the COVID-19 global pandemic putting more parents in the work-at-home category – and more children in the school-at-home category – the trend of dads becoming more actively engaged with the day-to-day parenting of their children has been accelerated. from ThinkFun’s Education Blog http://info.thinkfun.com/stem-education/the-importance-of-dad-in-playtime via IFTTT

What Parents Need to Know About Social-Emotional Development in Children

There’s a lot of talk about social-emotional development being important for young children, but just how important is it? Believe it or not, it’s the single most important developmental thing to predict strong school readiness! from ThinkFun’s Education Blog http://info.thinkfun.com/stem-education/what-parents-need-to-know-about-social-emotional-development via IFTTT

Get Inspired This Season With These 7 Craft and Activity Ideas for Winter

​Happy New Year everyone! We have officially made it out of 2020, and into the new year. I am back to share some more crafts and ideas that are winter themed! Similar to my last blog posts, these activities involve using items you may have laying around your house. Let’s jump right into the newContinue reading “Get Inspired This Season With These 7 Craft and Activity Ideas for Winter”

How to Harness the Magical Power of Stories in Your Home

The day had been long, and I was out of patience. It was well past bedtime when my littles asked, “Mama, just one more story?” My response was kind but firm – I was done. As I stood for two last goodnight kisses, my older boys bounded into the bedroom, asking if the littles wantedContinue reading “How to Harness the Magical Power of Stories in Your Home”

Outdoor Time Means Empowered Children for this Nature-Loving Family

When I was deciding to have children, parenting them during a global pandemic never even crossed my mind. from ThinkFun’s Education Blog http://info.thinkfun.com/stem-education/outdoor-time-means-empowered-children-for-this-nature-loving-family via IFTTT

Ten Inexpensive STEAM Holiday Fun Ideas for Families

This year has been unlike any other. Now, maybe more than ever, we could all use some holiday spirit! Here are a few creative and low-budget ways to help your family and friends feel festive. Each idea will also engage growing minds in important developmental motor and STEAM skills, such as coordination and planning. YouContinue reading “Ten Inexpensive STEAM Holiday Fun Ideas for Families”

3 Ways to Encourage Language Development at Home

As a pediatric speech-language pathologist, I have a passion for making language learning fun and FUNctional. We’ve known for decades that when it comes to learning in early childhood, children are more likely to retain information when using a hands-on approach. This isn’t just for classroom learning! If you’re looking for different ways to encourageContinue reading “3 Ways to Encourage Language Development at Home”

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