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How a child forms letters and how they construct them from start to finish are important skills in child development.  Find out why and how you can help your child form good handwriting habits for life!

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: LETTER FORMATION AND CONSTRUCTION - The Inspired Treehouse

How a child forms letters and how they construct them from start to finish are important skills in child development. Find out why and how you can help your child form good handwriting habits for life!

Dexterity is an important child development skill for writing, buttoning, and more!  Find out all about it and learn some activities to help promote it!

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: D IS FOR DEXTERITY

Dexterity is an important child development skill for writing, buttoning, and more! Find out all about it and learn some activities to help promote it!

Pencil Grasp Development - Pencil grasp development begins as soon as babies begin grasping for simple toys and is develops in predictable stages. By Stay At Home Educator for Playdough to Plato

Pencil Grasp Development

Pencil grasp development begins long before children are ready for formalized writing. Pencil grasp development actually begins when children are babies.

Right hand, left hand, or both?  What will your child use and when will they decide?  Answers to this child development question by a pediatric occupational therapist.

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: HAND DOMINANCE

Right hand, left hand, or both? What will your child use and when will they decide? Answers to this child development question by a pediatric occupational therapist.

activities to develop handwriting skills, plus recommended apps and resources

Fun Ways to Work on Handwriting Skills

activities to develop handwriting skills, plus recommended apps and resources

CHILD DEVELOPMENT QUICK TIP: THE SQUIGGLE WIGGLE WRITER!

CHILD DEVELOPMENT QUICK TIP: THE SQUIGGLE WIGGLE WRITER

Here’s a quick tip for visual motor and fine motor practice with kids. Make different-shaped lines on a piece of paper using highlighter (zig zag, loops, curves, etc. Have children trace the lines with the Squiggle Wiggle Writer, a pen that vibrates.

An important part of child development is gaining independence with self care skills. Try these quick tips to help kids learn how to manage food packages!

HELPING KIDS LEARN TO OPEN FOOD PACKAGES

Fun activity ideas to teach kids the foundation skills required to open food packages.

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: KICKING.  Ideas and information about this important measure of child development plus some super fun activities to promote it!

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: KICKING

Ideas and information about this important measure of child development plus some super fun activities to promote it!

Looking for an easy way to work on visual motor skills with kids?  Try this occupational therapist approved quick tip!  #visualmotorintegration #quicktip #pediot

CHILD DEVELOPMENT QUICK TIP: VISUAL MOTOR SKILLS

Child development quick tip: visual motor skills are important for writing! Use this simple activity to work on coordination the eyes and hands and to practice hand strength!

Activities for Fine Motor Skills Development

How to Improve Handwriting with Kids - Tips and Tricks for Parents

Why we should focus more on letter SIZE than letter FORMATION when working on handwriting. A compelling read!

Research is showing it is more effective to focus on LETTER SIZE vs. letter formation when teaching and correcting students' handwriting. This article describes why. Great read for anyone working on handwriting with kids.

Toddlers are learning about the world and a big part of this involves fine motor skills: being able to grasp and manipulate the objects that interest them. 10 Fine Motor Activities for Toddlers.

12 Fine Motor Activities for Toddlers

10 activities to help promote fine motor skills in toddlers: writing, grasping, manipulating. It's all here in this great round-up from The Inspired Treehouse.

The term grasp is easy enough to understand. It’s simply how children pick up and hold onto tools, objects – anything in their environment. But did you know that there are a lot of different grasps? Read more here!

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: GRASP

The term grasp is easy enough to understand. It’s simply how children pick up and hold onto tools, objects – anything in their environment. But did you know that there are a lot of different grasps? Read more here!

Common questions and concerns about w-sitting are addressed by pediatric occupational and physical therapists in this follow-up article to their original post about what is wrong with w-sitting.

The W-Sitting Controversy: 3 Common Arguments

child development w sitting revisited common questions and concerns image from The Inspired Treehouse

Finger Isolation. Think about everything your child does throughout the day that requires finger isolation: pointing, typing on the computer or another device, tying shoes, counting on his fingers, completing clothing fasteners, picking up small objects, and much more! Get some great ideas on how to work on this important fine motor skill.  Read more at:  http://theinspiredtreehouse.com/developmental-skills-finger-isolation/

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS: FINGER ISOLATION

(small motor skills)ABCs of Development series at The Inspired Treehouse explores F -- Finger Isolation. An important fine motor skill for buttoning, pointing, picking up small objects and more!

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