Fine motor skills are important to little hands learning how to write. Here are 20+ activities from KBN bloggers that focus on developing fine motor skills.

The Importance of Developing Fine Motor Skills

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 20+ Activities to Develop Fine Motor Skills When I was a young mother of a precocious two-year old, I focused on teaching her everything she would need to know for Kindergarten. We worked on knowing what the colors were, how to count to 20 verbally and with objects, and the ABC’s. However, I overlooked the importance of developing fine motor …

The Best Craft, Education, & Parenting Posts of 2015 from the Kid Blogger Network.

Best Posts from the Most Awesome Bloggers in 2015

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Hello All! I am thrilled to be a part of the Kid Blogger Network!  They are an awesome group of bloggers.  As we start 2016, we decided to look back at all of the posts that we wrote in 2015, and share our best posts.  We write posts in many different topics, so today you can see them sorted by …

Even though it's cold outside, we still managed to have some fun and learn about molecular movement with these balloons in the snow activities.

Science in Action: M for Molecules

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Balloons in the Snow An exploration of molecular movement Outside of my house, there is alot of snow.  The temperature hasn’t gotten above freezing for several weeks.  But, my husband and I spent the weekend filling hundreds of water balloons with air for our kids to play with outside. Are we crazy?  Is it cold and snowy outside? Yes, but that’s …

This Roll-A-Santa preschool activity is such an egaging, educational, and entertaining activity. We were playing and laughing all morning.

Roll-A-Santa Preschool Activity

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It’s not often that I’m more excited than my preschoolers to participate in an activity. But, as I was preparing this Roll-A-Santa preschool activity, I could barely contain my excitement. This was going to be so much fun, was all I could think over and over as I set up our game. Our game was going to teach so many …

Focusing on gratitude is a great way to make Thanksgiving more meaningful. This thankful turkey is our activity for Day 1 of our 7 Days of Thanksgiving.

A Thankful Turkey

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Seven Days of Thanksgiving: Day 1 It’s so much fun to spend the month of November counting blessings. My family has a lot of traditions to help us remember our bounteous blessings during this month. Some are familiar, such as writing down one thing we are each thankful for each day. As we’ve focused on our blessings, we’ve begun to …

P is for Playful – a Preschool Unit

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Preschoolers love to play, imagine, and play some more. Play is important to preschoolers’ development. It helps them understand the world around them and work out difficult feelings. Play also helps preschoolers learn social skills, turn taking, etc. In other words, play is a crucial part of child development for preschoolers. Our current preschool unit – P is for Playful …

It's hard to know which online educational programs are worth it and do a great job. Here are my suggestions after 7 years of searching.

Technology in Action – O is for Online Educational Programs for Kids

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There are a lot of recommendations about what kids should spend their time doing. More importantly, there are a lot of recommendations about how long children should spend looking at a screen.  The American Pediatrics Association recommends children over the age of two should only have 1 to 2 hours of screen time a day. That’s a narrow time allowance …