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3 Common Myths about Playtime for Kids

Remember what it was like to play all the time? You could be a doctor, or a teacher, or cowboy, or anything you wanted to be. Play allows your child’s imagination to run wild, which is exactly what it should be doing, because playing is great for kids! So let’s break some common misconceptions about … Continued

4th of July Safety Tips for Kids

Before you fire up the grill, light up a sparkler, launch a firework, or settle in to watch your hometown’s Independence Day parade, make sure you talk to your children about staying safe during these fun July 4th celebrations. Fireworks and Sparklers Being safe around fireworks is critical for both kids and adults, as the … Continued

What To Do Before Bringing Your Baby Home

Congratulations, you’re having a baby! It’s totally normal to be feeling nervous and excited—but have no fear.  We’ve compiled a short checklist to make sure you’re ready. Remember, the more you accomplish before bringing your baby home from the hospital, the easier the change will be. ✔ Study up on all things baby. And we’ll … Continued

Rub a Dub Dub: Sensory Fun in the Tub

Bath time is a regular part of your child’s routine that sometimes may not be as enjoyable as you would like. But instead of rushing through it, take advantage of bath time by turning it into a fun, sensory activity! Waterfall Station Adding cups and small buckets to the tub can turn a regular bath … Continued

Tips for Bringing Kids to Restaurants

Family meals are important. Sometimes these include bringing kids to restaurants. But dining out with your little one can be tricky! We recently ran a Feeding Tips Contest and asked for the best advice on eating at a restaurant with babies and toddlers. Here are few great tips from moms, for moms, that you can … Continued

Differences between Maternal and Paternal Book Reading to Children

Reading aloud helps children expand their vocabularies while also building their ability to think, analyze, and ask questions. It can also inspire a love of reading and learning for life. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Fathering suggests fathers and mothers may have different styles of reading to their children and both can … Continued

Did You Know Moms and Dads Read Differently?

It’s a great idea to make reading aloud part of your family’s daily routine. But did you know that moms and dads can sometimes have different reading styles? Moms’ Typical Reading Style One study on reading styles found when moms read to children they ask more concrete questions and also label and describe objects like … Continued

Earth Day Activities

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 … Continued

Easy Daily Activities to Help Baby Reach Milestones

Did you know the average toddler takes 14,000 steps per day? That adds up to more than 2.5 miles your little one is walking! These numbers might seem surprising, but walking is just one of the developmental milestones we see in children. We see toddlers taking awkward steps, stumbling, falling, and getting up all the … Continued

5 Tips for Sensory Friendly Haircuts

Haircuts can be difficult for children. There are many new sounds, sensations, feelings, and smells that might make children feel uneasy. Children might feel uncomfortable with all the unknown objects like hair products, scissors, hair dryers, etc. or they may not like the feeling of neck towels, smocks, or itchy hair falling on their body. … Continued

DIY Putty for Children’s Motor Play

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 … Continued

Valentine’s Day Craft for Fine Motor Development

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. Appropriate Age: 4-5 Years What you’ll need: Pipe cleaners … Continued

Using Fine Motor Skills to Make a Valentine’s Day Wreath

Did you know crinkling small pieces of tissue paper is an excellent finger exercise to build fine motor skills in children? Crinkling small pieces of paper uses the same three fingers necessary for gripping a pencil: the thumb, pointer, and middle fingers. Children typically develop the strength and dexterity to grip a pencil around age … Continued

Homemade Craft for Kids: Valentine’s Day Card Holder

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 … Continued

7 Ideas to Encourage Children to Be Thankful

Did you know research suggests that giving thanks has the power to make people happier? When we stop to savor and appreciate our daily lives, the communities we’re a part of, and beauty of the places we live, we become happier. It’s natural to want our children to share in the happiness that comes from … Continued

7 Ideas to Encourage Children to Be Thankful: Community Service

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! Being involved in service projects offers children hands on learning experiences and can be a great way to teach children to be grateful for what they have. Collecting … Continued

7 Ideas to Encourage Children to Be Thankful: Kids in the Kitchen

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? Invite your kids to help make the food! Cooking with children is one more tip in … Continued

7 Ideas to Encourage Children to Be Thankful: Making Old Toys New

Day 4: New Old Toys Has your child grown tired of some of their toys? Wondering how to make old toys seem interesting again? This week’s post from our series on thankfulness and gratitude focuses on the idea that less can sometimes be more. Here are tips to help your child simplify and appreciate the … Continued

7 Ideas to Encourage Children to Be Thankful: Saying Thank You

Day 3: Say THANK YOU As part of our 7 Ideas to Encourage Children to Be Thankful blog series, we are highlighting one of the simplest ways to show appreciation and thankfulness, saying “Thank You”. Pathways.org would like to say THANK YOU to our donors and all the people who help us in our mission … Continued

7 Ideas to Encourage Children to Be Thankful: Increasing Responsibility

This week, we are continuing our series on 7 Ideas to Encourage Children to Be Thankful. Check back with us every week through December to see a new suggestion. Day 2: Increasing Responsibility Giving your child responsibilities can help them be more aware and appreciative of the effort and support they receive from caregivers, teachers, … Continued

What is Animal Assisted Therapy?

What is Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)? Animal assisted therapy (AAT) is a form of therapy that uses animals in treatment to improve social, cognitive, motor, and emotional functioning. What types of animals are used in therapy? Highly trained dogs and cats are most commonly used in animal assisted therapy. Animals and their owners typically undergo … Continued

Great Family Halloween Activities Beyond Trick or Treating

Candy and costumes are great, but there is more than one way to appreciate the Halloween season. We’ve thought up some additional Halloween activities your family can enjoy before and after the one night of trick-or-treating. Pumpkin Decorating Pumpkin decorating is a great activity for fine motor skill development. Carve or paint pumpkins with friends … Continued

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Has There Been a Rise in Food Allergies?

It seems like we hear about a new food allergy or food intolerance every day. Nut allergies and other serious allergic conditions were once rare and infrequently diagnosed. Now they seem prevalent in school lunchrooms everywhere. Are food allergies on the rise?  To answer this question simply: yes. The Center for Disease control estimates about … Continued

How to Help Make Halloween Easier for Children with Sensory Issues

Halloween can be a fun time of year for children. They get to dress up, eat candy, and carve pumpkins! But for a child with a sensory issue these experiences can be stressful enough to make them feel uncomfortable or unable to participate. Here are five tips to help your child have a fun and … Continued