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8 Summer Activities that Build Gross Motor Skills

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 @ 09:48 AM

We’ve been talking about activities that help toddlers and preschoolers develop gross motor skills by exercising the large muscles in the legs, arms and trunk.  Today, we continue our list of summer games that parents can play with their children to encourage gross motor skill development:


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Topics: Skill Building, Horizon Education Center, Summer Camp, Afterschool

How to Keep Your Child Safe During the Summer

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Summertime can be children’s favorite time of the year, with fun outdoor activities ready to enjoy. This season also poses risks, however, so it’s important to be aware of them to help keep your child safe during the summer.

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Topics: Safety Tips, Skill Building

Getting Your Child Prepared for Preschool: Readiness Activities

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 08, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Picture yourself walking into a social or work event, and you don’t know anyone else there. How do you feel? You might see it as an exciting opportunity to meet new people — or you could feel pretty nervous. No two adults would react in exactly the same way, and preschoolers are the same.

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Topics: Skill Building, Preschool

Bringing Winter Indoors for Your Preschooler

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

As much as children love building snowmen, riding on sleds and making snow angels, there will be days when the weather just isn’t outdoor-friendly. So here are tips on bringing winter indoors.

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Topics: Skill Building, Preschool

Preventing Frostbite in Young Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

“Winter,” says the 2017 Farmers' Almanac, “is back.” More specifically, much of the country can expect “exceptionally cold, if not downright frigid weather,” with Ohio expected to experience “numbing cold.”

We recently blogged about preschoolers who don’t want to bundle up. So, before it gets too cold, consider this advice from that blog post: “Pick a temperature limit, factoring wind chill and the like. If the temperature is above your limit, let your child have more freedom in determining outerwear. If it drops below, the issue becomes non-negotiable. This system may help your child feel more in control while making sure he or she is bundled up when temperatures plunge.”

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Topics: Skill Building

Protect Your Preschooler From Too Much Sun

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 03, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

One of the best parts of summer is glorious sunshine. Picture blue skies, fluffy clouds, your child shoveling sand on the beach into a bucket ... sounds ideal, doesn’t it? Just a word of caution: Youngsters are prone to sunburns, which can have serious repercussions later in life, up to and including skin cancer. Fortunately, you can take easy precautions to protect your preschooler from too much sun.

The first one? Use sunscreen! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes the following recommendations for young children:

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Topics: Skill Building

Defeat Cabin Fever With These Fun Ideas For the Family

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Monday always follows Sunday, and summer always turns into fall—but does cabin fever always happen during the winter? Maybe not always, but young children do feel cooped up often enough during the snowy season that we’re bringing you fun cures for cabin fever.

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Topics: Skill Building, Activities for Children

Fun Wintertime Activities for Families

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

After the whirl of holiday activities calms down, children (and sometimes even adults!) can get bored. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun activities for families in Northeast Ohio this winter, with 100 of them listed by NortheastOhioFamilyFun.com. Here, we take a deeper look at two of their suggestions. Be sure to check out the list for many more!

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Topics: Skill Building, Family Time

Winter Wonderland: Outdoor Games for Preschoolers

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

According to Farmers’ Almanac, Ohio can expect a “snow-filled” 2015-2016 winter. This means that your preschooler should have plenty of time to play in the snow. KidActivities.net has provided a long list of outdoor winter activities for young ones—and the young at heart.

Try these fun projects and games:

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Topics: Skill Building, Preschool

Help Your Preschooler Get Organized

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

If your child started preschool or kindergarten, he or she won’t have heavy homework loads, but it’s never too early to start helping your child to become more organized. That way, when responsibilities do begin to increase, your child will feel more confident and prepared.

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Topics: Kindergarten, Skill Building, Preschool

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