We absolutely love summer here at Pathways.org because it means we can finally get outside to play! It’s warmer outside, the days are longer, the sky shines brighter…who couldn’t love this? Summer mixes the perfect ingredients together for a great trip to the playground! Continue reading Playgrounds: Much More than Jungle Gyms
Chores. Kids don’t like them, and parents use them to get some extra help around the house. But don’t worry parents; you’re actually helping with your child’s development.
The sun is shining bright, flowers are blooming, and summer is right around the corner. Make the most of Earth Day this year by teaching your child how important nature is through fun and engaging outdoor Earth Day activities.
Use the activities listed below to not only make Earth Day fun, but also to promote your child’s development. Continue reading Earth Day Activities
Playing with putty is a great way for children to develop hand and finger strength along with fine motor skills. There are tons of brands and varieties of “silly putty” and “play doh” you can buy in stores, but making your own from ingredients in your kitchen is much more fun and a great sensory experience for your child.
Have fun making this heart shaped decoration with your child as a Valentine’s Day activity.
Threading beads and twisting pipe cleaners are great activities for learning fine motor skills that are used daily to write, draw, use small utensils, and operate computers and other digital tools. Continue reading Valentine’s Day Craft for Fine Motor Development
Did you know crinkling small pieces of tissue paper is an excellent finger exercise to build fine motor skills in children? Continue reading Using Fine Motor Skills to Make a Valentine’s Day Wreath
Keep little hands busy and practice motor skills with this fun Valentine’s card holder! This is a great way for your child to recycle a paper bag and get in the Valentine’s spirit. This craft is also a fun way to practice fine motor and organizing skills. Your child can collect all their Valentine’s Day goodies in the colorful decorated bag. Continue reading Homemade Craft for Kids: Valentine’s Day Card Holder
Day 7: A Season for Service
This week’s idea for encouraging thankfulness in children can apply to adults too. Roll up your sleeves and try it out!
Day 6: Kids in the Kitchen
What’s one idea that can help children appreciate their food more? How do you make it more likely that children will eat the food on their plates and think about what they’re eating?”
Continue reading 7 Ideas to Encourage Children to Be Thankful: Kids in the Kitchen
Day 5: Thinking about Values
Our next tip for creating an attitude of gratitude in your child involves being thoughtful with money. Inviting children to learn about money can be a good idea for teaching practical math skills and complex concepts like buying, selling, and earning.