Summer is here!

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Don’t forget to get OUTSIDE! It is the perfect time to work on gross motor skills. Here are a few wonderful activities”

1.) WHEN YOUR GRASS NEEDS CUTTING: Take your little toddler for a walk and have him or her walk through the tall grass. This is especially good for those kiddos with weaker hips and legs.

2.) Sit on a blanket: Sit outside and enjoy the cool breeze under a tree while on a blanket. You can work with a young baby on all the wonderful sitting skills and strategies that you have learned with your therapist. This is a great way to work on tummy time too. Your baby will love all the new sights and sounds and be more distracted, making it easier to keep him or her in this position.

3.) For the older kids or walking toddlers: Go for a walk and take your time! Don’t be in a rush or worry about the actual distance. Stop to look at an insect on the sidewalk, show your child a wild flower (don’t get me started on weeds–I LOVE them  — They are the BEST!). Clover flower necklaces, pop weeds, dandelions (before seeds they are so pretty and after they make excellent practice for blowing). There are leaves, rocks, sticks…..so MUCH to play with. Show your child how a stick comes from a tree limb.That is not so obvious to your child as you might think. The tree “trash” we used to call it is the “stuff” beneath a tree. It tells you what type of tree you are under. Look for acorns–what tree is that???? Get the idea?

4.) WATER!!! First, drink plenty of it to stay hydrated. Get out a hose and let it run on the driveway. Practice stomping through the water. Get a bucket from your beach bag and a new paint brush: “Paint” whatever you want with the water. See my pages on summer activities. The ideas are simply endless.

Get outside and get moving!  It will be over before you know it!

For more ideas on how to play to enhance development, click HERE for available books.

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Having Fun with Puddles!

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Spring is on its way and hopefully the spring rains won’t get you down! It is a great time for toddlers and a chance to make some awesome memories!

How many times do we run quickly through the rain or go out afterward and watch as our children are drawn like magnets to the nearest puddle and we say “no” or “stop”. Now is the time to dig out some rubber boots or river shoes and say “yes”. On these upcoming warm days after a good spring rain, see how much fun you can have splashing in a puddle together! This is an excellent way to get your child to use those hip muscles and march through a puddle or work on jumping or kicking! Make a “boat” out of leaves or whatever strikes you and watch as your child squats to play or jumps in a puddle. See what “floats” and what “sinks”.  All of these fun games are strengthening his or her legs and hips as well as making some wonderful memories. Take some pictures!

For more ideas on how to play to enhance development, see available books by clicking HERE

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New Year’s Diet: The Toddler Diet

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The Toddler Diet

People are always on the lookout for a new diet. The
trouble with most diets is that you don’t get enough to eat (the starvation diet), you don’t get enough variation (the liquid diet) or you go broke (the all-meat diet).

Consequently, people tend to cheat of their diets, or quit after 3 days. Well, now there’s the new

Toddler Miracle Diet.

Over the years you may have noticed that most two year olds are trim. Now the formula to their success is available to all in this new diet. You may want to consult your doctor before embarking on this diet, otherwise, you may be seeing him afterwards.

Good Luck! !!

DAY ONE

Breakfast: One scrambled egg, one piece of toast with grape jelly. Eat 2 bites of egg, using your fingers; dump the rest on the floor. Take 1 bite of toast, then smear the jelly over your face and clothes.

Lunch: Four crayons (any color), a handful of potato chips, and a glass of milk (3 sips only, then spill the rest).

Dinner: A dry stick, two pennies and a nickel, 4 sips of flat Sprite.

Bedtime snack: Throw a piece of toast on the kitchen floor.

DAY TWO

Breakfast: Pick up stale toast from kitchen floor and eat it. Drink half bottle of vanilla extract or one vial of vegetable dye.

Lunch: Half tube of “Pulsating Pink” lipstick and a handful of Purina Dog Chow (any flavor). One ice cube, if desired.

Afternoon snack: Lick an all-day sucker until sticky, take outside, drop in dirt. Retrieve and continue slurping until it is clean again. Then bring inside and drop on rug.

Dinner: A rock or an uncooked bean, which should be thrust up your left nostril. Pour Grape Kool-Aid over mashed potatoes; eat with spoon.

DAY THREE

Breakfast: Two pancakes with plenty of syrup, eat one with fingers, rub in hair. Glass of milk; drink half, stuff other pancake in glass. After breakfast, pick up yesterdays sucker from rug, lick off fuzz, put it on the cushion of best chair.

Lunch: Three matches, peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Spit several bites onto the floor. Pour glass of milk on table and slurp up.

Dinner: Dish of ice cream, handful of potato chips, some red punch. Try to laugh some punch through your nose, if possible.

FINAL DAY

Breakfast: A quarter tube of toothpaste (any
flavor), bit of soap, an olive. Pour a glass of milk over
bowl of cornflakes, add half a cup of sugar. Once cereal is soggy, drink milk and feed cereal to dog.

Lunch: Eat bread crumbs off kitchen floor and dining room carpet. Find that sucker and finish eating it.

Dinner: A glass of spaghetti and chocolate milk. Leave meatball on plate. Stick of mascara for dessert.
source:

http://www.jokebuddha.com/joke/The_toddler_diet#ixzz3NUMZOekT

For ideas on how to play with your child to enhance development, click HERE for available books.

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My new course is on the way!

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My course and all related materials are all in final stages of development. I am currently gathering information on when and where the course will first be held and subsequent dates will follow. Please check back often and email me anytime at beth@mybabymoves.com

 

My FIRST book is now available in both downloadable ($10) and print ($20 s/h included) forms.

These games and activities are compiled from my 23 years of working with children as a pediatric physical therapist. I hope that you will remember that you should never leave your child unattended during these activities and these are not meant to take the place of any type of therapy that your child may or may not need. These are simple ways to incorporate games and fun into making wonderful memories and at the same time offering your child more opportunities to develop his or her gross motor skills.

Whether you are a therapist looking for more ideas or a mom that is needing information or both, this book will help guide you into creating fun and development through play. Play is the key to helping your child develop. It has got to be fun for your child or he or she will not want to keep practicing. Hopefully, you will find some new ways to inspire your child to keep moving!

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