Articles about: "motor skills"

Kids’ art: our latest excuse to talk about butts and farts

You don’t have to be the Princess of Pretentionland to appreciate the fine arts. But it doesn’t hurt, either.
You don’t have to be the Princess of Pretentionland to appreciate the fine arts. But it doesn’t hurt, either.

Like looking at art, but don’t like feeling pressured to come up with a bunch of insightfully pretentious stuff to say about it?

Just do what the Doctor and the Dad did this week – skip the museum and go check out an art show at your child’s preschool instead!

When your kids work on art projects, they can boost their creativity and develop fine motor skills. And when you view works of art created exclusively by tiny children, you won’t be expected to say one intelligent word about negative space, the avant-garde or “what the artist was trying to say.”

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5 reasons you should bring back Family Game Night

On Family Game Night, EVERYBODY'S a winner!
On Family Game Night, EVERYBODY’S a winner!

Whatever happened to Family Game Night? Did it go out of style right along with hair scrunchies and Hammer pants?

Or did we just get too old for our parents to force us to stay home and play games with them anymore?

Well, whatever the reason, now were the parents, so we get to force our kids to do all the super lame stuff we want. And as it turns out, playing games is totally not lame for your kids’ development – plus it’s pretty great for you, too!

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Ask D+D: Why is your baby crawling like an MMA fighter?

Today’s question is a follow-up to a question we answered a few weeks ago. You know, the one where we pointed out how weird looking our son’s crawl was?

Did you know your kid’s crawl looks exactly like one of my favorite Brazilian Jiu Jitsu moves?
– Morgan

There’s a fine line between being a defenseless baby and a ruthless killing machine.
There’s a fine line between being a defenseless baby and a ruthless killing machine.

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Playtime! Activity: Block Party

Tired of your kid’s same old “build a tower, then immediately knock the tower down” routine? Add this simple twist to your usual block-stacking activity, and it becomes fresh, fun and educational, too!

Who It’s For: Kids ages 1–5
What They’ll Learn: Counting skills, motor skills, measurement, comparison, how gravity works
What You Need: Whatever kinds of blocks you have handy – Legos, Duplos, those cardboard ones that look like bricks, or some straight-out-the-old-school wooden ones

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