80+ Gross Motor Skills Activities from The PLAY Group

gross motor skills

Developing gross motor skills is an essential part of childhood! These skills are first acquired during infancy and early childhood, and they are continually built upon, improved, and better controlled throughout childhood and into adulthood. Gross motor skills come from large muscle groups and whole body movement. As part of a feature debut from

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Penguins – Play & Learning!


Welcome to The After School Party cohosted by Parent Teach Play, The Educators’ Spin On It, and Little Wonder Days. Be sure to check out our After School Pinterest board for lots of great activities for kids ages 5+. Thanks to all who shared at the After School Party last week! Be sure to

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Dr. Seuss Activities for Kids

dr. seuss activities for kids

Dr. Seuss’ birthday is coming up next month, so now is the time to start getting your Seuss activities for kids lined up! When I saw Debbie of Rainbows Within Reach was hosting a blog hop to celebrate, I just had to jump in. We are big Dr. Seuss fans here!! I am so

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Fun with Rainbows: Color & Writing PLAY for Kids

fun with rainbows: color & writing play for kids!

It’s St. Patrick’s Bath Week!! Brought to you by In Lieu of Preschool / Parent Teach Play and Growing a Jeweled Rose / Bath Activities for Kids. If you missed our earlier visits from the leprechaun this week, be sure to check out our Tricky Leprechaun Bath and our Mosaic Rainbow Art! Can you

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Mosaic Rainbow Art for Kids

mosaic rainbow art for kids

It’s St. Patrick’s Bath Week!! Brought to you by In Lieu of Preschool / Parent Teach Play and Growing a Jeweled Rose / Bath Activities for Kids. If you missed our Tricky Leprechaun Bath earlier this week, be sure to hop over and read about that bath first, because that is where a little

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The Coconut Volcano Science Experiment

coconut volcano science experiment

This is a continuation of the Wash & Learn series by In Lieu of Preschool and Bath Activities for Kids. You can read part one of our Dinosaur & Volcano Small World Play here. After the kids had painted and pieced together a volcanic eruption and played with their dinosaurs a bit, I set

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Chocolate Play Dough Activities

Valentine's Day Chocolate Play Dough Activities

We have been baking up a storm for Valentine’s Day…well, pretend cooking that is!!! I may not be much of a real chef, but I can whip up some mean play dough treats!! My kids enjoy it, too! 😉 I wanted to share with you all the fun chocolate play dough activities we’ve been

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Storm Fort

storm fort

We are in the line of some strong storms that are supposed to pass through tonight. This line of storms has already produced deadly tornadoes in other states, and a tornado watch has been issued for our area through 2 a.m. Living in a two-story house with all the bedrooms upstairs and with the

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Pete the Cat Round-Up #linky

pete the cat

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin Pete the Cat is a favorite around here. We tend to read mostly classic children’s literature, but we received this contemporary tale as a Christmas present last year, and we fell in love fast. It is such a fun, laid-back story with a

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ABC Rock Fun

abc rock

Being a lover of all things Montessori, I have always wanted a moveable alphabet to use with the kids. If you’ve not heard of a moveable alphabet before, quite simply it’s individual letters that kids can manipulate to practice making words. To buy, Montessori moveable alphabets are fairly expensive, so I’ve never purchased one.

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