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LAQ Australia products encourage children to practice their fine motor skills

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LAQ Australia products encourage children to practice their fine motor skills

  My daughter Phoebe usually avoids table top fine motor activities at home, but these click together pieces from LAQ Australia have had Phoebe creating a range of different designs, patterns and structures, and Phoebe is practicing her fine motor skills while being creative and having fun.   The developmental benefits that I have been observing with the LAQ Australia product includes: * Bilateral coordination * Finger, hand, and wrist strength * Pincer grip * Spatial awareness * Creativity * Focus   Bilateral Coordination   Bilateral coordination refers to the ability of the body to move both sides at the...

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Cooking is beneficial for fine motor skill development

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Cooking is beneficial for fine motor skill development

How cooking is beneficial for fine motor skill development   Discover the developmental benefits that children experience from making Stephanie Alexander’s Cauliflower Fritters with Mint Yoghurt.   Check out more of Stephanie Alexander's recipes here - https://www.stephaniealexander.com.au/what-to-cook/recipes/   Fine motor skills is a term used to describe small and coordinated movements for activities such as handwriting, doing up buttons, opening food packets, tying up shoe laces, building small blocks, eating with a spoon, folding paper, and many more.   Children develop and practice their fine motor skills through gardening and cooking when they use small hand movements such as tearing lettuce, sprinkling herbs,...

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How to teach children to tie shoe laces without tears

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How to teach children to tie shoe laces without tears

How to teach children to tie shoe laces without tears Learning to tie shoe laces can be stressful for parents and children, so practice during a quiet time of the day when you aren't in a rush to get to school or the shops, and when the child isn't tired or already agitated.     There is more than one way to tie shoe laces. Some people prefer to make two loops, while other people prefer to make one loop and wrap the other lace around the singular loop. To be honest, I prefer the one loop method, but I find...

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Early childhood educators sharing their knowledge and expertise with families during Covid19

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Early childhood educators sharing their knowledge and expertise with families during Covid19   There is no correct answer for supporting families and educators during the Covid19 pandemic. No textbook ever written has prepared us for this situation. It is more important now, more than ever, to support each other during this pandemic in the best way that we can. In my opinion, the best way to support our families and educators, is by sharing our knowledge and expertise for children, and doing what is in the best interests of the children that we care for and educate. We’re all aware...

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How early childhood educators and teachers can support preschoolers during Covid19

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How early childhood educators and teachers  can support preschoolers during Covid19   We’re all feeling the pressure at the moment to: ‘homeschool’ our children; develop remote learning packs for preschoolers; continue the kindergarten curriculum in the home; provide flexible learning plans for families in self-isolation; provide a safe learning environment for children with families who are ‘essential workers’. The pressure is overwhelming and stressful, and has had an impact on all educators, teachers, leadership teams, families, and children. In my opinion as an allied health professional I believe that the most important task for us to undertake at the moment...

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