popular topics in motor skill development

  • School and Learning
    Preschool Expectations
    How Well Do You Know Preschoolers?
    Take our quiz to find out if you have the right expectations for your three- or four-year-old. ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Fine-Motor Skills
    Heart Prints
    Heart Prints Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Red and pink tempera paint Pie tins Kitchen sponges Scissors Clothespins White construction paper or bond paper This activity will ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Motor Skill Development
    Two-Year-Old Walks on Her Tiptoes
    How can you tell whether your child's tiptoe walking is just a habit or indicates of a problem? ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Colors
    Fishing for Colors
    Fishing for Colors Activity for an individual child Age group: 30-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: 1 smooth stick or dowel rod 1 piece of string 2 feet long Small magnet Colored construction paper Scissors Paper clips This f...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Toe Wrestling
    Toe Wrestling Activity for two players Age group: 30-40 months Duration of activity: 10 minutes This lively game will help your child develop motor skills and balance. It is recommended that one of the players be an older child or adult who can ...
  • Learning Disabilities Printables
    Characteristics Checklist for Asperger's Syndrome: Motor Skills
    Print out and use this checklist to help in an initial diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome in your child. You can find more checklists on Asperger's syndrome here. ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Fine-Motor Skills
    Fine-Motor Coordination
    Fine-Motor CoordinationFine-motor coordination involves the ability to control the small muscles of the body and is usually defined as the ability to coordinate the action of the eyes and hands together in performing precise manipulative movement...
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
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  • Babies and Toddlers
    Fine-Motor Skills
    Fun Sign Language
    Fun Sign LanguageDirections Involve your child in making up signals with their hands, arms, and fingers. Each signal should stand for a word or expression. Keep it simple and see how many your child can come up with and remember. This could becom...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Early Learning Activities
    Tweezers and Tongs
    Tweezers and TongsMaterials Tweezers Kitchen tongs Variety of small and very small objects Empty egg cartonsDirectionsSelect various objects that require children to use tongs or tweezers to pick them up. Examples are: cereal, cut-up raw vegetabl...
  • Yoga Toad Pose for Kids
    Motor Skill Development
    Yoga Toad
    Yoga ToadDirectionsPractice this activity with your child until you both perfect it. Squat on your heels and balance. Put the palms of your hands on the floor. How long can you balance there? Help by holding your child's hips up. Take small hops ...
  • Preschool boy holding red pencil
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Name Writing
    Kindergarten Prep: Name WritingThe step following mark-making is letter writing, creating symbols that are recognizable to you and to your child. Young children often make the most progress writing the letters in their name before writing any ot...
  • Freeze and Melt Movement Activity for Kids
    Motor Skill Development
    Freeze and Melt
    Freeze and MeltDirections Have your child run freely around the space. When you say freeze or clap your hands, she must stop and remain absolutely still. When you say melt, your child can relax and start to move around again. Continue freezing an...
  • Movement Activity for Kids
    Fine-Motor Skills
    Let's Move!
    Let's Move!Directions:At an early age, children associate how they move to words that describe the movements they make. For example: run, lie down, stand up, walk. This activity will help your child build his movement vocabulary. Practice the fo...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Language Development
    Three to Six Years: Dietary and Developmental Highlights
    Three to Six Years: Dietary and Developmental HighlightsAround three, children become increasingly social, more independent, and even more fun to be with than they were before. Preschoolers are particularly playful people who can be quite jovial ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Beanbag Toss
    Beanbag TossTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Large laundry basketPlastic sandwich bags or old socksPackage of dry beans Directions Physical games encourage decision making about when and how to move the body. Tossing objects at a target can give y...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
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  • Babies and Toddlers
    Motor Skill Development
    Log Roll
    Log RollTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Open, grassy area Directions Your child will love the dizzying effect of this game but will also be challenged to control the body. Have your child lie on her back with her arms extended overhead.In that pos...