Silky Smooth, Stretchy Playdough

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silkystretchyThis play dough recipe is SO much fun! It is stretchy and SUPER silky smooth! I even had a great time playing with this!! This is such a fun change up to the usual play dough recipes. Plus- it smells GREAT and makes your hands nice and smooth!! With only 3 ingredients (4 if you choose to use glitter) it is easy enough for any age child in your family to participate!

What you need:

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1 cup Conditioner (The cheaper the better!)
2 cups Cornstarch
Food Coloring (My conditioner was pink- so I used 3-4 drops of pink food coloring to make it a little more vibrant.)
Glitter (Optional)

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5 Stages of learning to Write and Draw

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In the early childhood years, there are stages of mastering the skills writing and drawing. These stages start as early as 15 months and go up to about 5 years old. After the age of 5, it is pretty much just beautifying those skills that have been learned.  The stages  listed below are approximate. Your child may hit these stages faster or slower and be just fine! All kids are different in their development-always remember that! There are SO many fun experiences with different art and writing materials to enhance learning.

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10 FUN ways to dye Easter Eggs with Toddlers [or children with fine motor delays!]

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Raise your hand if you get excited to let your toddler play with eggs?……….Anyone? Anyone? Yeah, didn’t think so! Eggs and Toddlers are just one of those things that aren’t supposed to mix. They just are not friends. Its one of natures rules. Well my friends we are rule breakers around here! I have put together 10 of the FUNNEST ideas that make it fun, easy, and safe to dye Easter Eggs with your toddler! Each one of these will also work miracles while working with children with Fine Motor Delays. The days of having an excuse to not Dye Easter Eggs with your Toddler are OVER!

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Activities to Boost Fine Motor Skills and Free Fine Motor Game Printable!!!

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On a weekly basis, I perform Developmental Screenings on Preschool Age Children. These screenings include; Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Problem Solving, Personal Social and Communication. Over 60% of the kids I screen fail or are borderline failing the Fine Motor Development Section. I typically don’t worry about a child being low in the Fine Motor section if there aren’t other catergories where they have failed. Especially if they are a first year preschooler. As parents, a lot of times we don’t give our young children opportunities to develop their fine motor. Why? Well, fine motor play can be pretty messy sometimes! Scissors, paint, markers, tons of small toys…YIKES! What parent wants to give their kid scissors and markers??? But, it is so important! Fine motor skills in early childhood will affect writing and higher fine motor skills later in life.

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10 Brain Games for Newborns

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Did you know that the brain of an infant is 250% more active than the brain of an adult?  The infant brain produces connections faster in the first year of life than any other time of life! If that doesn’t make you want to do some productive play with your baby, I don’t know what does! The first year of life is incredible! Simple brain games and simple play can create those connections in the brain (called synapses)  quicker in that first year than any other year!

Needless to say, the brain of an infant is unbelievable! A lot of times people will say to me that they don’t know how to keep their newborn entertained.  It is actually pretty easy to create fun and exciting learning experiences for those tiny little humans. Here are a few of the easiest games and activities to use with a new baby. There is absolutely NO prep and you won’t have to spend a penny! Let’s get those active little brains workin’!

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